OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Two more medals push Canada into third place
22 February, 2018, 15:13 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
Canada's gold-medal streak in Olympic women's hockey ended Thursday with a 3-2 shootout loss to the United States at the Pyeongchang Winter Games. And it's happened at the Winter Games, where Canada has won four straight gold medals, including three times over the US squad. The Canadians have dominated the game in the last four Winter Olympics as they never suffered a defeat since US beat them 20 years ago. In this year's Games, the USA team has won three out of its four match-ups, losing once to, you guessed it, Canada.
The United States of America won a gold medal in ice hockey for the first time in 20 years, and it literally couldn't have been a closer finish. Scrivens has carried the bulk of Canada's load in goal in the tournament, but Poulin played in Canada's 4-0 win over South Korea on Sunday. Canadian defenceman Jocelyne Larocque immediately removed the medal from around her neck.
"A battle for the ages, as usual", Canadian forward Brianne Jennersaid.
"The losses have taught me a lot about who I am as a person, who we are as a team", Knight said. Proud to have played with you and against you. Who could have seen that coming at the first Winter X Games all those years ago?
"To be perfectly frank, there's not anything new that we're going to throw at our players now", he said.
Canada is going for its fifth-straight Olympic title, but the Americans will be looking for revenge after a stunning upset at the 2014 games in Sochi.
"We have to be realistic, the North American teams are still the top teams in the world", Finland coach Pasi Mustonen said.
The players making their Olympic debut in PyeongChang, Bellamy said after Team USA advanced to the final, "do not know the heartbreak".
The Americans got three power plays in the opening period and took advantage of the third one when former Minnesota Duluth defenseman Sidney Morin snapped a shot that former Wisconsin forward Hilary Knight deflected past Shannon Szabados in the final minute of the opening frame.
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As the contest remained locked at 2-2 after five rounds, it went to sudden-death with Lamoureux-Davidson drawing Shannon Szabados toward her before sliding the puck behind the Canadian goalie to put the US ahead.
Rooney, a 20-year-old in her first Olympic final, turned away 29 of 31 before the shootout. Canada won that preliminary round 2-1 despite being out shot by the Americans 45-23. It was the team's fifth straight Olympic gold medal.
However, a lackluster line change after missing a scoring chance cost the Canadians dearly, as Lamoureux-Morando found herself wide open for a breakaway and beat Szabados glove side to tie it and ultimately force overtime.
But this is why they play.
Canada also defeated the Americans 2-1 in the preliminary round in Pyeongchang, but the U.S. outshot Canada 45-23. Blayre Turnbull picked up the assist on the first while Meghan Agosta and Melodie Daoust picked up assists on the second. Canada came rushing back in the second, with a pair of goals in just under seven minutes.
Canada was in penalty trouble in the first period.
Russia's best chance was when it picked up a power play with about five minutes later.
The U.S. women's hockey team has made no secret of their goal in Pyeongchang.
Maddie Rooney, 20, has started three games for the Americans in Pyeongchang and is their likely starter Thursday. Team USA can rely on the plays of Dani Cameranesi who delivered two goals against Finland in the semifinals.
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The Americans had eyed a podium sweep in the halfpipe, with Torin Yater-Wallace and Aaron Blunck also among the favorites. The U.S. snowboard and freestyle skiing crews have accounted for 10 of the country's 19 medals in Pyeongchang.
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I'm proud to have competed with such aamzing girls. "I am just counting on some medical miracles to extend my career", she added. For four years, the women's ice hockey world has been gearing up for one thing: The Olympic Rematch.
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