Canada has beaten the United States in the Olympic Games in hockey, again.
Not just once, but three times.
I’d like to officially welcome myself to Olympic blogging. Nearly two weeks after the Games began.
I love the feeling of being at work on the day of a huge national event such as this. Women’s hockey vs the USA at 12 noon, I didn’t get off that day until 4:30pm.
In this year’s Games, we have been treated to three gems, each of them decided by a mere goal. Marie-Phillipe Poulin, the 22-year-old beauty from Quebec city, probably scored the biggest goal in those games, then interestingly enough, did it again as her women’s team beat the States in overtime on Thursday to steal the gold medal after her Canadian team fell behind 2-0 through most of the game then got things going in their favour with 3 minutes left in the third period.
Check this out: Funny handshake
Today it was much more the same only difference was the final score looked more like a soccer match score and there was only one goal. Head Coach Mike Babcock is starting to look more and more like a genius (as if he didn’t before). Jamie Benn scored the game’s only goal in the second period that that somehow turned out to be all that they would need.
Now Canada finishes the hockey tournament undefeated against the USA.
Womens: 3-2 in the round robin (Day 5 Wed, Feb 12 Shayba Arena).
Meghan Agosta-Marciano did most of the damage by herself in a 3-2 win in regulation time. Team Canada veteran Hayley Wickenheiser got her name on the scoresheet, scoring the second Canada goal
Women’s: 3-2 in the Gold Final
Trailing 2-0 for most of the game, a weird play in the neutral zone results in Canada’s Brianne Jenner getting in close and lifting a backhander over USA goalie Jessie Vetter to cut the American lead to 2-1 with under four minutes remaining. Marie-Philip Poulin did what she had to do to send this thing into OT just when half the nation thought that Canada was done, roofed a beauty of a shot over Vetter’s shoulder with just under a minute to go in regulation time.
After Hayley Wickenheiser was blatantly interfered with on a breakaway and a NON CALL thanks to some idiot ref, a power play came their way instead and that spelled the end of the Americans a few minutes later. Playing 4-on-3, Hamilton’s Laura Fortino fed Poulin twice on the ensuing power play and on the second feed, Poulin went up high on Vetter who looked far too beat up to get across her crease in time. Poulin looked equally beat after scoring the biggest goal in women’s hockey in this country in years. She barely threw her hands in the air while the Canada bench erupted. She was undoubtedly exhausted. That is understood.
Men: 1-0 semi finals
Most astonishing was that one goal was enough to win the game, and the high-scoring US offense was held off the scoresheet altogether. Canada dominated this game from start to end but there was no sign of that on the scoreboard. Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars scored the lone goal of the second period (and the game) but the biggest story of the game was the Canada defence, something we are not exactly known for. Crazy. It worked this time. Mind you the entire Canadian team showed more signs of life than it had all tournament long. Chris Kunitz could have sealed this game about four times. Jeff Carter could have hit the empty net, as did one of his teammates, but Carey Price also helped steal the game, the last time the entire country will head home from work early to watch the biggest game of the year.
The only bad news out of all of this: we have to do it all over again on Sunday at seven o’ clock in the morning!
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Canadians have bragging rights for another four years.”
Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa.