No thoughts of Sochi agony as USA women chase gold once again

Lawrence Kim
February 24, 2018

Sarah Murray, head coach of the unified Korean women's hockey team, wipes away tears after her team's final game at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics against Sweden at Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on February 20, 2018. Now only South Korea can decide if hockey fever takes root and the country becomes a regular on the global stage.

Jennifer Wakefield scored twice and Shannon Szabados stopped 14 shots to lead Canada to its sixth Olympic gold medal game - that's every single one since women were added to the Winter Games in 1998. If Canada wins she will tie the record of four Olympic gold medals in women's hockey, a distinction shared by Wickenheiser, Jayna Hefford, and Caroline Ouellette.

Men's assistant coach Richard Park believes hockey is poised for growth in South Korea and around Asia, which will host the next Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022.

"There's been some other plays that haven't been put into question, and so I can't imagine that there would be any disciplinary action just based on other things that have been let go", Duggan said. "There's obviously an opportunity for growth".

Nothing was more incredible than the move by Lamoureux-Davidson, who chose to use the deke called "Oops, I did it again " - something she had practiced uncounted times in practice, skating around tires set up on open ice to mimic defenders.

The breakthrough goal came 55 seconds into the third period with Noreau blasting a point shot stickside past Mikko Koskinen after an Eric O'Dell faceoff win. Two hockey arenas and two practice rinks also were built to handle all the games and practices in Gangneung.

Noora Raty is the goalie for Finland, hailed by many as perhaps the tournament's top net-minder. "What if we're losing?" she said. "We are actually working in China with that".

The way it got there was also fairly unsatisfying to Larocque and her teammates.

The Americans had dominated the women's game in non-Olympic years, winning the last four and eight of the last 10 world championships, including a 3-2 overtime victory over Canada last spring. They needed the first shootout in an Olympic women's final to do it, too.

The players from the two teams don't need a history lesson. "I said they should be extremely proud of themselves and what they accomplished".

Only time will tell if fans who turned out to cheer, chant and sing in support of the Korean hockey teams keep watching. "I mean, it's one of the best rivalries in hockey".

Poulin and Irwin each scored goals for Canada.

The women lost all five games, but proved to be quick learners. If they score first? They took home a disappointing bronze from Turin in 2006 and silver from the past two finals - no loss more crushing than in 2014 in Sochi when Canada rallied from an 0-2 deficit to win 3-2 in overtime. I definitely give our team a lot of credit.

Her coach, Sarah Murray, has already agreed to stay on a couple more years to help grow the sport, and she said there are plans to begin an under-18 program to develop talent. "There's no question that both teams want this as bad as possible". The two other golds awarded on Day 10 at the Pyeongchang Games went to Norway, which won the men's large hill team ski jumping and 500-meter speedskating race to lift its tally to 11 golds. "It is a message of peace and we hope to continue that".

"When it comes down to a shootout, it could be anybody's game".

"They have this uncanny ability to not be outworked, and that's something that's reflected in our team", Park said. "You have to be at your best to be close with this many great skaters". They work extremely hard and they're very passionate in what they do.

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