Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Ice Hockey: Canada's turn to endure agony of defeat

Jillian Saulnier of Canada comes up against Russia's Yekaterina Smolina on Monday                  REUTERS  Grigory Dukor Jillian Saulnier of Canada comes up against Russia's Yekaterina Smolina on Monday REUTERS Grigory Dukor
Kristopher Love | 22 February, 2018, 16:22

At the same time, it's motivated me tremendously. It certainly won't be easy.

It was sweet redemption for the 10 Americans who watched the Canadians snatch gold from their hands in 2014 at Sochi after tying it up with 54.6 seconds left in regulation and winning 3-2 in overtime.

Hilary Knight hugs Kendall Coyne after defeating Canada in a shootout to win the women's hockey gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

Canada advanced to the semifinals of the Winter Olympics with a gritty 1-0 win over Finland on Wednesday night but lost starting goaltender Ben Scrivens to an undisclosed upper-body injury. That said, the United States is the International Ice Hockey Federation's No. 1-ranked team, having captured the past four world championship titles as well as the past three Four Nations Cups.

"I felt so proud with the flags around me", tearful forward Park Woo-sang said. "You drop the puck, see what happens".

Team USA takes home the gold!

They defeated the Americans 3-2 for the gold medal in Salt Lake City, Sweden 8-1 in Turin, Italy, the United States 2-0 in Vancouver and again 3-2 in overtime in Sochi.

Linemate Troy Terry from the University of Denver had three assists but it was Harvard standout Donato's second two-goal performance that provided the spark and also moved him into a tie as the tournament's top goalscorer with four.

Rebecca Johnston has chipped in three goals and five points and Jennifer Wakefield had two goals in the semifinal victory over Russian Federation.

The Americans are seeking their first Olympic gold in 20 years, since the inaugural women's event in 1998 at Nagano. The United States has won the last four. "We worked so hard".

"I know everyone is going to remember this moment and how much it sucks and use it for motivation for four years from now".

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored the victor in the shoot-out as the United States beat Canada 3-2 on Thursday (Feb 22) to win their first gold medal in women's Olympic ice hockey since 1998 and snap a streak of four consecutive golds for their arch-rivals.

American Hilary Knight opened the scoring but Haley Irwin and Marie-Philip Poulin answered for Canada only for Monique Lamoureux-Morando's third-period equaliser to set the stage for the extended drama. The Canadians have managed to win the past five meetings, including a 2-1 victory in the round-robin round of these Olympics last week.

"This medal speaks loudly in our hearts and souls", Lamoureux-Davidson said.

"I think you often like to say, 'It comes down to who wants it more, '" said Jenner, the 26-year-old alternate captain, who will be playing in her second Olympic final.

Equally as cool? This win came on the anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, when the USA men's hockey team beat the Soviet Union during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.

Rookie American goalie Maddie Rooney stopped Meghan Agosta to end the game.

Canadian coach Laura Schuler called Szabados "outstanding". "You have two great opponents at the end".