04/13/2012 10:07 EDT | Updated 06/13/2012 05:12 EDT

Who and what to watch in women's world hockey championship gold-medal game

BURLINGTON, Vt. - A quick look at Saturday's final between Canada and the U.S. at the women's world hockey championship:



Caroline Ouellette — A driving force on Canada's second line. Power and puck skills make her difficult to contain.

Meghan Agosta — Was ill for all of selection camp, but was Canada's best player in a semifinal win over Finland.

Shannon Szabados — Likely Canada's starter in net. She can't give up rebounds and may have to steal a win for her team.

United States

Monique Lamoureux-Kolls — Tournament's leading scorer and one third of the top-scoring line that includes twin sister Jocelyn and Kelli Stack.

Amanda Kessel — Sister of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel is playing in her first world championship.

Brianna Decker — Wisconsin forward named the top female player in NCAA Division 1 hockey this year.


Canada — Control neutral zone to slow U.S. down and don't give them second or third scoring chances around the net.

U.S. — Forecheck hard to exploit inexperienced defenders in Canada's zone.