Since women's hockey was introduced to the Olympics at the 1998 Nagano Games, the USA or Canada has won every gold medal, facing off in all but one of the five Winter Games. At least for one period Sunday, Finland seemed to have other plans. The U.S., which rallied to beat Finland 3-1 on Monday, will face the Russians at 6:10 a.m. before taking on their biggest rival Canada later in the week.
It was the 22nd consecutive Olympic hockey win for Canada. US coach Robb Stauber said they had three players around but somehow missed Hovi. After a slow start in their tournament-opening game vs. Finland, the U.S.is rolling, outscoring opponents 7-0 in the last five periods. To come out with a win, it's great for our confidence, especially for the first-time Olympians. The Canadians outshot Russian Federation 53-18 in the game.
The U.S. only needed a few minutes of the second period to both tie the game and take the lead, as Lamoureux-Morando and Kendall Coyne scored to give the Americans a 2-1 lead. Dani Cameranesi secured the United States' victory with an empty-netter in the third period.
The U.S. team came out skating at a furious pace, pushing Finland well back into their own end and firing off shots on goal. "A little bit of excitement, jitters".
"I played up a year for my first year of AAA", said Coyne. "So we have an opportunity as a squad this year with the guys that are under the radar as far as worldwide stars but I think they have a great opportunity to step forward", said Granato. We want to win the game, and I don't think we got down when we went down one-nothing.
The U.S. out-shot Finland 42-24 on Sunday.
Captain Marie-Philip Poulin assisted on three goals and netted one for herself, bringing Canada's total to 5.
United States of America head coach Robb Stauber said of the win: "You would like to come out and score a whole bunch more, but as Finland does they play very tough". Goaltender Noora Räty did very well keeping them in the game, stopping all but two of the shots she saw.
Ryan played on the past two United States Olympic Men's Hockey teams, winning silver in Vancouver, and while he understands that the NHL is a business, he admits he's bummed out that he won't be able to play for the gold in PyeongChang.