Canada Owns Gold Medal Advantage

Yolanda Curtis
February 22, 2018

As a result, Friday's semi-finals will send the Canadians against upstart Germany, which ousted Sweden 4-3 in over-time, while the unbeaten Czech Republic, which last won gold in 1998, faces the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.

Marie-Philip Poulin and Haley Irwin each scored goals for Canada.

Reigning world champion U.S. blanked Finland 5-0 on Monday to reach the Pyeongchang Olympic women's hockey final, where long-time nemesis and four-time defending champion Canada could await. The Americans have won 12 and the Canadians 10, including the last five.

Hilary Knight and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Jocelyne's twin sister, scored the American goals in regulation. Lamoureux-Davidson said they simply need to bury their chances. "It's awesome on the world's biggest stage for everybody to see two powerhouses go at it". "We want to play a high tempo game from start to finish, and not everybody can do that".

Canada were equally impressive in defeating the Olympic Athlete of Russia (OAR) team by the same scoreline in the second semi-final.

The two teams had earned their ticket for this match after having been whitewashed 5-0 by one of the powers in north america. Every game and every practice has been pointed to one thing: finally beating Canada for gold. At the top of the list: stopping Poulin and Meghan Agosta. "We're ready to go to battle in a couple days". "He played great for us".

"Our team is the closest it has ever been, we're like a family", she said. "We had to work harder but we ran up to good competition". And Canada said, we have another gear. "This is tough. We didn't show our best". The teams were evenly matched with 2 goals each as the action moved to round six where the US scored an impressive goal and Canada couldn't answer back, giving Team USA their gold medal! "Everyone will give it their all".

It's hard to overstate the Canadians' success on the biggest stage.

"A little bittersweet right now because we won but this team will never really be together again in the same capacity".

"But once the puck is dropped you're on auto-pilot", Jenner added. "You train so many hours for this that your body knows what to do and takes over".

The U.S. broke it open in the second period on two powerplay goals 34 seconds apart. "The other nights we had 44, 50 etc and we didn't score as much". "We've got to find a way to get those scrums in the net".

On the play preceding that, Rooney got just enough glove on a Laura Stacey shot on a Canadian odd-man rush.

"Maybe I'm biased, but one of the best rivalries in sports and especially in our game", said Canadian forward Emily Clark, who played college hockey at Wisconsin.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored the shootout victor in a 3-2 victory that ended a 20-year drought for the Americans.

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