Canada (1-1) closes out the preliminary round against Finland on Friday, while the U.S. (2-0) takes on Sweden. Finland improved to 1-1 with a 3-2 win over Sweden (0-2). The two countries with the best records after the preliminary round play for gold on Saturday night.
The U.S. had a power play late in the third period with Canadian defender Halli Kryzyzaniak in the box for bodychecking, but the Canadians survived it with help from Szabados.
Trailing 1-0, Canada started the third on the power play because of an Emily Pfalzer tripping penalty to end the second. After the Americans killed the penalty, Gabel followed up a broken two-on-one involving Kristin O’Neill and Jamie Lee Rattray, banging a rebound over Rigsby at 3:30.
After getting outplayed at both ends of the ice in the first period, Canada tightened up defensively in the second and mustered some sustained pressure. Blayre Turnbull and Laura Stacey were unable to get a clean shot away on a two-on-one chance early in the period.
The Americans started fast, outshooting Canada 6-0 in the opening three minutes and 16-4 in the first period. Brandt struck at 1:18 in a goal-mouth scramble, scoring on a rebound.