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Spoiler Alert: Team USA Women's Hockey Takes On Team Canada

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Canada won their fourth consecutive Olympic women's ice hockey gold medal with a wild 3-2 overtime win over the United States at the Sochi Games on Thursday.

Trailing by two goals with under four minutes to play in regulation, Canada scored twice, including one with 55 seconds to play, before going on to win on Marie-Philip Poulin's goal eight minutes into the sudden-death overtime period.

The win capped an undefeated run in Sochi for a Canadian team that have won four of the five gold medals awarded since women's ice hockey made its debut at the 1998 Nagano Games.

Switzerland beat Sweden earlier on Thursday to claim bronze.

The Americans, who were clinging to a one-goal lead late in the third period, almost sealed the win when a shot from their end of the ice hit the post of a Canadian net left empty in favor of an extra attacker.

That proved costly as Poulin tied the game moments later, deflating an American team that could almost taste their first Olympic gold medal since 1998.

In contrast to the high-octane ending, the first period was scoreless but things began to heat up in the second.

Canada's Meghan Agosta missed a glorious chance to open the scoring near the midway mark of the second period but her shot from in close was stopped just short of the goal line when U.S. goalie Jessie Vetter got her left pad out at the last second.

American captain Meghan Duggan opened the scoring minutes later when, after a turnover right outside the Canadian zone, she sent a fluttering puck into the top right corner of the net with eight minutes left in the second.

A third period goal from American forward Alex Carpenter, who was parked alone outside the Canadian goal crease when she redirected a perfect Hilary Knight pass into the net, gave the U.S. team a lead that looked safe.

Canada's Brianne Jenner pulled Canada to within one in the game's closing minutes to set up the frenetic finish.


Earlier on Thursday, Switzerland won their first medal in women's ice hockey after rallying from a two-goal deficit to beat Sweden 4-3 in a frenetic bronze medal game.

Trailing 2-0 going into the final period, Switzerland came to life with goals from Sara Benz, Phoebe Stanz, Jessica Lutz and an empty netter from Alina Muller.

"It's an amazing feeling," Muller told reporters. "It's amazing we came back from 2-0 down."

Sweden, the 2006 silver medalists, had looked on course for the win as they controlled the first two periods.

But Switzerland fought back with two goals in the opening six minutes of the last period, first when Benz pounced on a loose puck near the top of the crease and five minutes later when Stanz tallied on a powerplay.

With under seven minutes to play and the game tied, Sweden were unable to clear their zone and the Swiss made them pay as Lutz sent a perfect pass from Lara Stalder flying into the net.

Muller's empty-net goal with 67 seconds to play proved crucial to Switzerland's medal hopes as Sweden managed to get one back in the closing minute of a wild period.

The final buzzer set off a crazy celebration among the Swiss

players, who mobbed each other in the corner of the rink. The despondent Swedish team were littered on the ice and their bench staring down at their yellow jerseys.

"It sucks. We have been playing really well through the tournament but we lost all of it in that third period," said Jenni Asserholt, who assisted on Sweden's last-minute goal. "It feels really tough to accept. We just messed up."

After finishing last in their group during the preliminary round, Switzerland beat Russia in the quarter-finals before losing in the semi-finals to Canada.

Since women's ice hockey made its Olympic debut at the 1998 Nagano Games, Canada and the United States have competed for every gold medal except one. The lone exception came in 2006 when Sweden lost to Canada in the final.

Finland and Sweden had been the only countries apart from the two North American ice hockey superpowers to reach an Olympic podium, a trend that put the women's tournament under the microscope in Sochi.

"Hopefully, we can just get better from here," said Stanz. "Women's hockey is going to be taken seriously, especially in Europe."


Orginal Story:

Team USA Women's Hockey takes on Team Canada for the gold medal game.

Team USA lost against team Canada day ago 3 to 2.

This post will be updated throughout the game.


Period 1:

 - Team USA on the power play.  Anne Schleper of St. Cloud Shot on Goal – it was blocked.

 – Delayed Penalty Call on Team Canada. Second Power play for Team USA.

 – Team Canada gets a Power Play.

 - 10 minutes left in the first period, Score still 0-0.

 - Team USA is on the Power Play, 5 minutes left in the first period. 

 - Team Canada on the Power Play, 3 minutes left in the first.

- Shots are 10-7 USA. 2:50 Left in First period.

 - Shots are 11-9 Team USA. End of the First Period. Tied at 0.


Team USA - Team Canada

Shots on Goal 11- 9

Scoring Chances 6-6

Power Plays 3 - 2

Face offs Won 8 - 8


Period 2: 

-The second period is underway. 16 minutes left, still tied at 0.

- Shot  on goal 12-11 Team USA. 14 minutes left in the 2nd period. 

- 12 minutes left in the second and Team Canada on the power play. 

- 10 minutes left in the second, still scoreless 

- Alex Carpenter had a break away, shot but was blocked. 

- Offensive Zone face off for Team USA. 9 minutes left. 

- Meghan Duggan just SCORED bringing the score 1-0. Jocelyne Lamoureux assisted. 

    7 minutes left in the second. 

- Game is stopped: Referee discussing to many players on the ice for Team USA. Power Play granted to Team Canada. 6:45 left in the second. 

- Delayed Penalty coming up against Team USA. 31 seconds with a 5 on 3 for Team Canada. Penalty called on Anne Schleper for Cross Checking. 

- Now a 5 against 4 power play. 

- 3 minutes left in the second period. Power play is over. Team USA had a great penalty kill. 13 blocked shots for Team USA. No Power Play score yet. 

- NBC gives a Game shoot out to Warroad, MN and are showing pictures of Gigi Marvin and T.J Oshie. 

- Jessi Vetter (Team USA Goalie)  makes a save and the puck is cleared. 

- 1:30 left of the Second, Team USA Shoots by Bellamy but is blocked by team Canada. 

- End of the 2nd Period! Team USA winning by 1. 


Team USA - Team Canada 

Score: 1 - 0

Shots on Goal:16-17

Scoring Chances:10-10

Power Plays: 3-5

Face offs Won: 23-14


Period 3:

- Period 3 is underway and Penalty going toward team Canada for tripping. Power Play for Team USA. 

- Icing called while on the Power Play for Team USA. 

- Alex Carpenter Just SCORED. 2 to 0 Team USA. Assisted by Hillary Knight. 

-14:30 Left in the third period. Canada shot on USA but was blocked by Vetter

- Vetter blocks shot from Team Canada. 11:57 left in the 3rd period. 

- Nearing the half way point of the third period, score is still 2-0.

- Kessel passes to Monique Lamoureux, shot is blocked by Team Canada. 

- 8 Minutes left in the third. 

-J. Lamoureux on the face off. 

- 6:30 left in the Third Period. Score still 2 to 0. Team USA with the Lead. 

- Knight shoots but the shot is deflicted wide with 5:55 left. 

- The puck is out of play... Waiting to see if penalty. 

- "Gigi Marvin is having a very strong game" annoucers state. 

- 5:27 left in the third period, no penalty called. 

- Team Canda Shoot on Vetter but shot is blocked. 

- 4:45 left in the third. 

- CANADA SCORE with 3:26 left in the third score is 2-1 Team USA. 

- 2:30 left in the third period. Canada shoots on Team USA but it is blocked. 

- 1:35 left with icing called. 

- Canada has pulled their goalie. 

-USA shot the Puck at the empty next, it went the length of the ice and off the post. 

- 1:14 left in the game, time out is called. Score is currenlty 2-1 USA! 

-Canada still has an empty net.

-Canada score with 54 seconds left. Game is tied 2-2! 

- END of Regulation is over! Game goest to OT. A 20 minute Overtime. 

Annoucer- "Right now the team is rattled in the locker room" 

Team USA - Team Canada 

Score: 2-2

Overtime Rules: Single 20 minute period, 4 on 4 plus goalies. If no goal in the period goes to shootout best of 3. 



-OT begins, Shot made on Team USA but Vetter Blocks. 3rd shot made on Vetter but is blocked. 

- 17:45 left in the OT. 

-Shot on Team USA...Vetter Blocks it. 

- Team USA makes a line change... Team Canada shoots at Vetter but puck goes wide. 

-Team USA in offensive Zone, good up and down action, 15 minutes left in OT. NO SCORE YET. 

- Delayed offside called against USA. 

- Canada Penalty 4 against 3 with 13:51 left. Cross Check penalty on Catherine Ward. 2 Minute Power Play to team USA. 

-Time out on Team Canada. 

- Canada Goalie saves a shot made by Bozek, Jocelyne Lamoureux sent to the Penelty box for slashing. Going to be 3 on 3 for 2 minutes. 

- Team Canada Break away, Cross Check made by Hillary Knight.  

-39 seconds of Power Play time to Team Canada. 12:29 left in the OT. 4 on 3 team Canada. 

- TEAM CANADA SCORES ON TEAM USA at 11:50 left in OT. 

-Team USA will take Silver and Team Canada will take Gold. 

Team Canada wins their fourth striaght gold medal. 


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