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At least one Indigenous hockey player will win the gold medal in women's hockey at the Beijing Games.

Team USA, led by Abby Roque, Anishinaabe, Wahnapitae First Nation, the defending Olympic champion defeated Finland 4-1 in a women’s hockey semifinal on Monday to set up the sixth gold-medal showdown between the Americans and Canada. Roque scored an empty-netter in the win against Finland. 

The cross-border rivals will play Wednesday night after Canada erupted for five first-period goals over an Olympic record span of 3:24 in a 10-3 win over Switzerland earlier in the day. Canada beat USA 4-2 in a match up before the start of the medal round. 

Jocelyne Larocque and Jamie Lee Rattray, both of the Métis Nation, play for Team Canada.

Canada forward Jamie Lee Rattray (47), Métis Nation, scores the third goal on United States goalkeeper Maddie Rooney (35) as teammate Kelly Pannek (12) looks on during second period women's ice hockey action at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

The two world powers have played for the championship in every Olympic tournament except the 2006 Turin Games, when Canada defeated Sweden after the Swedes eliminated the Americans in the semifinal round.

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This time, the United States is attempting to defend its title following a 3-2 shootout win at the 2018 the Pyeongchang Games, which ended Canada’s Olympic run of four championships.

Wednesday's championship is 11:05 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock. 

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