US Women's Hockey Team Back in Gold Medal Game 2/17/14
February 17, 2014
The United States women's hockey team has a chance to avenge their loss to the Canadians from the last winter Olympics.
The US and Canada will square off in a North American showdown for the gold medal on Thursday at the Sochi Winter Games. At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, the US women lost to Canada 2-0 in the final game to finish second. The Canadians also beat the US in the preliminary round last week 3-2. Needless to say, the reigning World Champion Americans feel they are due.
“From the moment the buzzer went in Vancouver, we have prepared for this. To earn the right to get there has been huge for our team,” U.S. forward Julie Chu told reporters, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Now it's time to get back to work and be ready again for the final.”
The United States barely had to break a sweat in their semifinal game today against Sweden. The Americans peppered the Swedish goalie outshooting their opponent 70-9.
Meanwhile, Canada had a closer win over Switzerland 3-1. Now, the stage is set for the big showdown.
Since women's ice hockey became part of the Olympics in 1998, the US and Canada have decided every gold medal game except one. The Canadians have won the last three Olympic gold medals, while the Americans have taken home four of the last five women's world championships.