The loser of that final game will get the silver medal, while the two teams that lost in the semifinals will play one another for bronze. Referees separated the others.
With the victory Canada sails into the knockout round with a flawless 3-0 mark sitting top of Group A followed by the U.S.at 2-1.
"This was huge", said Korean coach Jim Paek, the first Korean-born player in the National Hockey League and a Stanley Cup victor. "But no excuses. They were the better team in the third". They play for the gold medal.
The loss to the Canadian hurt more than the Americans' pride: They're now bracketed to play the victor of Sweden and Finland on Monday, which likely means another battle with Noora Raty of Finland, a goalie capable of pulling an upset on her own. They hadn't yet started their taper to peak for the Games. Lamoureux's twin sister Jocelyne touched off an even larger brawl in a December 4-1 USA win in Grand Forks, N.D. When it was all over the referee had handed out 10 fighting majors and there were six US players in the penalty box, five Canadians.
"I think we backed off a little bit as the game wore on", said Desjardins.
Both teams will advance to the semifinals and will await the winners of the quarterfinals matchup.
Switzerland played a better third period and outshot Canada 29-28 overall. The Canadians' margin was 9-1.
Those games are all-consuming for all involved, and the careers of all involved are inextricably linked because of them.
They looked across the ice and didn't see Sidney Crosby or Jonathan Toews up front.
Four Americans and five Canadians played college hockey at Wisconsin. The fact that he could play hockey at all again was great.
It has been a similar story at the world championships.
In a burgeoning sport with a small upper class, the overlap is inevitable and complicated.
The Invermere, B.C., resident was 13th in the downhill at the 2016 Games in Turin, Italy and finished 25th four years ago in Sochi, Russia.
Agosta elbowed a USA defender in the face less than a minute later, but the Canadians killed off the penalty. Agosta was named MVP in Vancouver in 2010 and was recently named assistant captain.
"It's pretty physical, but that's what you expect". US desperately needs its own version of Marie-Philip Poulin, whether that comes in the form of one of the Lamoureux twins or Hilary Knight or Amanda Kessel or someone else. "That's why you do all the preparation off the ice to have it translate on the ice". It would be the last puck that would get by the goalie, who withstood a powerplay late in the game and an extra attacker with the US goalie pulled under a minute left in the game.
The game ended with a determined effort by the U.S.to score but the Americans came up short.
All of this with no medal on the line, either. The aftermath indicated the players felt it, too.
"I said, 'Hey, I'm really interested, what are you looking for, what do you need?'" Bourque recalled.
"We'll go out hard every night trying to get our points, but we know there's good competition and it's going to be tight".
Finland and the Russian team will play quarter-final games Saturday against Switzerland and Sweden. The Americans will carry the doubt.
Since the inaugural Women's World Hockey Championships in 1990 every tournament has been won by either the US or Canada. Those medals do matter.