Final hurdles set before possible US-Canada gold-medal rematch

  • Final hurdles set before possible US-Canada gold-medal rematch

Final hurdles set before possible US-Canada gold-medal rematch

Now, with another chance at gold, perhaps against a team in Canada that has dogged the Americans in recent Olympics, the ideal for this USA team is to produce a new set of highlights to be played above the ice for years to come.

Canada and the United States, who have won every gold medal since women's hockey was introduced to the Olympics at the 1998 Nagano Games, are a class apart.

Team USA had 11 shots on goal compared to two for Finland in the first period, then increased the pressure with 18 in the second while Finland had seven.

Marvin scored the game's first goal just 2 minutes, 25 seconds into the opening period-her second of the Olympics.

The Women's hockey team really start the game open with the help of their power play, which accounted for the Americans' third, fourth and fifth goals.

"I think we're going to build off that, " Lamourex-Morando said. "We recuperated, stayed calm and I thought we were excellent in the third".

Canada and the United States, the most intense rivals in women's hockey, will play for Pyeongchang Winter Olympic gold Thursday in a gritty showdown both teams have awaited for years. "On the one hand it's like any other tournament and on the other it's our (NHL) Stanley Cup". "Near the end of the game there, we got a big one coming up, so need you for that one'".

Canada has also has Geneviève Lacasse, who stonewalled the U.S.in the preliminaries, and Ann-Renée Desbiens as possibilities should the stars not align for Szabados.

They will play Japan, a 2-1 overtime victor over Sweden giving the Japanese a winning streak with their first two Olympic victories in their third Winter Games.

If Finland had upset the Americans - and a Finland victory would have been a monumental upset - panic would have swept the nation.

Lamoureux-Davidson's slap shot from the left circle came with 2 seconds left on the 5-on-3 at 13:21 of the second period, and Knight got her first goal of this tournament by redirecting a shot from Sidney Morin with 5 seconds left on the man advantage for the 4-0 lead.

The United States has outshot each opponent in each of their first three games with a combined margin of 137-60.

"It's honestly a dream come true", USA forward Hilary Knight said.

"As time passes, I feel like we are really becoming one team".

"It's just a preliminary round game in the Olympic tournament Thursday, but it's like having Ali and Frazier fight on the undercard when everybody knows they're going to meet again in the main event", D'Amato wrote. They make it very hard to make cleans plays through those tight areas, which is a good game plan on their part.

While the United States team played in a loss to Canada on Wednesday in the preliminary round, U.S. gained an automatic berth to the semifinal.

We didn't have our Olympic Daily this weekend, so a belabored shout-out to Japan goalie Nana Fujimoto, who backstopped the Japanese women to their first Olympic victory.

Canada also beat the Americans 2-1 in the preliminary round in Pyeongchang despite being outshot nearly 2-to-1. They have their work cut out for them, since the North American pipeline shows no signs of drying up. But they shook off the lost goal and took a 1-0 lead 1:43 into the second on a shot by Shiori Koike that the Japanese celebrated with a bow on the ice.