The United States women’s hockey team lost to Canada in the gold medal game on Thursday. On Friday, the men’s teams were meeting in another rivalry game with a trip to the gold medal game on the line.
It was a hotly contested game from the start with both teams playing evenly and the first period ended in an 0-0 draw. It wasn’t till the second period that either team got on the board and it was a goal from Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn, a guy who wasn’t even a lock to make the Canadian olympic team.
Benn passed the puck to the far point from the face off circle near the post and navigated his way in front of the far post even with the post. Jay Bouwmeester then sent the puck right back to Benn who kept his stick on the ice to deflect it around American goalie Jonathan Quick for the go-ahead goal.
With the score still 1-0 late in the third period Canada and their defense looked in control. In the final three minutes Canada had a 2-on-1 chance, and a great defensive play from John Carlson got the United States out of danger before they could get a shot off. Carlson dived at the Canadian’s feet knocking the puck away.
With about a minute left the Americans pulled the goalie, and Canada nearly got a shot off on the empty goal but the Americans made a sliding save. The Canadians cleared the puck and nearly got a shot on the open goal. The Canadians trapped the puck against the boards behind their own goal as the final seconds ticked away to seal the win for Canada.
Canada will play Sweden in the gold medal game on Sunday while the United States will play Finland on Saturday for the bronze medal.