Winter Olympics: USA women to face Canada in gold-medal match

21 February, 2018, 07:17 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • Goalie Florence Schelling, of Switzerland watches as Russian athlete Anna Shokhina shoots the puck past her for a goal during the third period of the quarterfinal round of the women's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung South

"You had to have a gold-medal mentality today", says USA coach Robb Stauber.

Finland and OAR have already met in the women's ice hockey tournament at Pyeongchang 2018. But they have been unable to earn better than silver in the 20 years since Nagano. The Americans know who they must shut down.

And as in the Russian Federation game, Team USA came back with a quick goal, though it was Hilary Knight who joined the fray: Knight scored 34 seconds later on a power play to effectively clinch it. "We can't go back and play that game again".

Dani Cameranesi scored two goals and USA goaltender Maddie Rooney made 14 saves as the Americans, who haven't won Olympic gold in 20 years, booked a berth in Thursday's championship game.

The Americans previously squared up with the Canadians in a pool play match, dropping the game by a score of 2-1.

Play with confidence: Forget about 2014 when the Americans squandered a two-goal lead and lost in overtime.

"Tips, screens, and deflections".

"It's spectacular to see our team come out and perform that well because there was a lot of pressure", said United States of America coach Robb Stauber. It's the game you've been dreaming of. "If we wanted to write a different story, I don't think we could have written it any better". "We've got to find a way to get those in the net", Lamoureux-Davidson said. "At the of the day, we have very proud players", he says.


Korea attacked in formation, set up in front of the Swedish net, blocked shots in their own zone and occasionally shoved opponents into the boards, shows of discipline and hunger missing from other games. "I say, 'Why not?" "You have to keep working and do the things you do well". "Period. That's our focus".

The Korean team's head coach, the Canadian Sarah Murray, broke into tears as she watched her players salute the crowd and hugged North Korean coach Pak Chul ho.

The pace of those games approximates playing the USA women. That's a dream come true, a huge opportunity. The Canadians have won gold at the past four Olympics.

Alex Livesey via Getty Images Haley Irwin, left, and Meghan Agosta lie on the ice and celebrate winning the gold medal with a beer and a cigar.

Knight and her teammates have made use of their spare time here by being spectators, watching their fellow American athletes compete across various events and documenting their adventures on social media.

"Our team is the closest it has ever been, we're like a family", she said.

Lamoureux-Morando, a three-time Olympian, said that the team has been enjoying these games more than four years ago, when they tried to act like they had been there before and did not take as much time to savor the experience.

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.

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