Sochi, Russia (NNCNOW.com) --- The Canadian women's hockey team, captained by former University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) star Caroline Ouellette, beat the United States 3-2 on Wednesday morning in what was an expected preview of the gold medal game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
The two teams had each already qualified for the semifinal round with two previous qualification wins, so Wednesday's game served only to determine which would be the higher seed.
Ouellette is joined on the Canadian team by fellow former Bulldogs Jocelyne Larocque and Haley Irwin, while the United States has on its team former UMD assistant coach Julie Chu.
Duluth, Minn. native and former UMD goaltending coach Robb Stauber is also part of Team USA, holding that same position in Sochi for the Americans.
Canada finishes the qualification round with an overall record of (3-0-0) while the United States is (2-1-0), but both have qualified for and will play in the semifinals on Monday.