Finland wins 3rd Olympic bronze medal in women's ice hockey

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Team Finland celebrate victory in women bronze medal game of ice hockey against Olympic athletes from Russia at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games at Kwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea, Feb. 21, 2018. Team Finland won 3:2 and claimed bronze medal. (Xinhua/Ju Huanzong)

Powerhouse Canada and the United States will clash in the final on Thursday, a replay of the showdown in Sochi four years ago.

The two teams have traded world titles and Olympic medals since the 1990s. They have also been the only two women's ice hockey teams ever to win an Olympic gold medal. The Americans won the only Olympic gold in Nagano of Japan.

The two teams both exhibited strong power with the same 22 attempts, but Finland proved to be better in defense with 90.91 percent in saves, compared with the Russia's 86.36 percent.

The American have no problem getting chances when they play the Canadians, but their scoring dilemma against their arch-rivals was never more evident than in the preliminary round match, when Canada won 2-1.

Previously, the Finns two bronze first in Nagano of Japan in 1998, when the event was introduced to the Olympics, and then in Vancouver of Canada in 2010.

PYEONGCHANG, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Finland won its third Olympic bronze medal in women's ice hockey here Wednesday after upsetting Russia 3-2.