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Finland jolts Canada 4-2 to reach worlds final against US

ESPOO, Finland (AP) — Finland jolted Canada 4-2 in the semifinals of the women's world hockey championship Saturday and will play for the gold medal against the United States. The Americans routed Russia 8-0 in the other semifinal and will go for the title Sunday against the host nation. Canada will face Russia for the bronze. Earlier in the tournament, the U.S. concluded pool play with a 10-0 romp over Russia.

The U.S. and Canada had met in all 18 previous world championship finals, dating to the first in 1990. Finland goalie Noora Raty, playing in her hometown, made 43 saves in sending her country past the heavily favored Canadians. It was Canada's first semifinal loss at the women's worlds.

"We've been pretty confident that one day it could happen when we play a perfect game and I have a good game," Raty said. "So we finally scored three on Canada. That doesn't happen too often. If you keep believing in yourself, anything can happen."

Ronja Savolainen scored twice, including the empty-netter, to seal it with 37 seconds left. Jenni Hiirikoski and Susanna Tapani also scored for Finland. Jamie Rattray and Loren Gabel countered for the Canadians, who beat Finland 6-1 Tuesday in the group stage. Shannon Szabados stopped 15 shots in her first loss against Finland in 18 starts.

The Finns scored their first two goals on power plays and pulled ahead 3-2 when Tapani scored with 3:42 left in the second period.

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