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Fighting Has Become A Big Part Of The U.S. vs. Canada Women's Hockey Rivalry (VIDEOS)

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Canada's Gillian Apps, left, is hit by United States' Anne Schleper (15) during the third period of a Four Nations Cup women's hockey game on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Lake Placid, N.Y. Canada won 4-2. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

What may be the fiercest rivalry at the Sochi Olympics will take over the spotlight on Wednesday when the United States and Canada's women's hockey teams square off. Both squads, which have met in 18 of the 19 gold-medal finals in the world championships and Olympics since 1990 -- are 2-0 heading into their round-robin matchup and they have plenty of experience playing against each other leading up to the 2014 Winter Games. Canada and the U.S. faced off seven times in their pre-Olympic tour, with the Canadians winning the first three and the Americans taking the next four.

Two of those games late last year included huge brawls.

"It's always going to be heated (against Canada). The intensity is always going to be there," Jocelyne Lamoureux of Team USA told the Associated Press after a chippy exhibition game back in December 2013.

While a gold medal won't be on the line on Wednesday, that doesn't mean there will be a lack of intensity.

"Any game against Canada, whether you are playing in Timbuktu, with no one in the stands, or playing in front of 12,000 or 15,000 people, you get up for it," U.S. forward Monique Lamoureux told USA Today Sports.

Check out these two teams going at it back in 2013 and get excited for their first faceoff in Sochi.

 
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