IIHF women's world championship updates: USA rolls to championship game

The U.S. and Canada are one win each away from a 22th meeting in the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship gold medal game Sunday at the Adirondack Bank Center.

Team USA plays Finland, a team it defeated 5-3 in pool play, in Saturday's 3 p.m. semifinal, with the game between Canada and Czechia to follow; Canada shut out Czechia 5-0 in an earlier meeting.

The two semifinals follow Saturday's opener, the fifth-place game between Germany and Switzerland, which will determine the fifth spot in Pool A for next year's tournament hosted by Czechia.

Team USA goalie Aerin Frankel gets ready for the second period of Thursday's quarterfinal at the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica.
Team USA goalie Aerin Frankel gets ready for the second period of Thursday's quarterfinal at the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica.

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Observer-Dispatch and Times Telegram journalists Jon Rathbun and Daniel DeLoach are on the spot for all the action and will be keeping you up to date throughout the tournament. Reporters Amy Neff Roth, Laura Sitterly and Ellen Mintzer will also be bringing you news and updates during the tournament.

Keep checking back here all day as we update on the games and more as Team USA pursues its 11th tournament championship.

United States 5, Finland 0

Laila Edwards had a hat trick, Savannah Harmon and Hannah Bilka each scored her first tournament goal, and the United States shut out Finland 5-0 Saturday in the IIHF World Women's Championship semifinals.

Aerin Frankel made 15 saves in the fifth US shutout of the tournament.

Game 1: United States vs. Finland 0

The U.S. went unbeaten in pool play, including the April 6 win over Finland, which defeated only Switzerland in Pool A.

Team USA advanced Thursday with a 10-0 victory over Japan at the end of a day that started with Finland's second win over Switzerland by a 3-1 score.

The U.S. has played in all 22 gold medal games dating back to the first Women's World Championship in 1990. Finland was beaten by the United States in the 2019 final as the only team other than the U.S. and Canada to play for gold in tournament history.

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Game 2: Canada vs. Czechia

Canada, a medalist in all 22 previous Women's World Championships and owner of 12 golds, takes on Czechia, the bronze medalist at the last two tournaments and the host next year, in Saturday's second semifinal.

Canada lost only once in pool play – 1-0 in overtime to the United States – and advanced with Thursday's 5-1 win over Sweden.

Czechia beat Switzerland and Finland in pool play and defeated previously-unbeaten Germany 1-0 in its quarterfinal.

IIHF Women's World Championship schedule on Saturday, April 13

11 a.m. — Fifth-place game: Switzerland 3, Germany 2, overtime

3 p.m. — Semifinal: United States 5, Finland 0

7 p.m. — Semifinal: Canada vs. Czechia

IIHF Women's World Championship schedule on Saturday, April 14

1 p.m. — Third-place game: Finland vs. Canada/Czechia loser

5 p.m. — Championship: United States vs. Canada/Czechia winner

How to get tickets

Tickets for most of the IIHF Women’s World Championship games are still available and can be purchased by visiting or stopping by the Adirondack Bank Center box office.

The gold-medal game, scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14, is sold out.

How to watch the games at home

In the United States, all games will be broadcast on NHL Network, including its streaming service. For international viewers, fans can catch the games on the following networks/streams:

  • TSN/RDS (Canada)

  • SVT (Sweden)

  • Discovery (Finland)

  • Czech TV (Czechia)

  • Magenta (Germany)

  • TBS (Japan)

  • Swiss TV (Switzerland)

This article originally appeared on Times Telegram: IIHF women's world championship scores, updates, schedule for April 13