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Team USA, Canada Start Victorious on the Rink

Team USA, Canada Start Victorious on the Rink

No one else should be surprised given the Canadian women's ability to crank it up in an Olympic year.

No medal will be on the line Thursday.

Men's ice hockey begins on Wednesday at the Winter Olympics - but without the world's top players.

Canada and the United States are the only countries to ever win women's hockey gold at the Olympics.

Yes, the Americans have been waiting for this moment since the final horn blew in 2014.

Added Lamourex-Davidson: "We had our opportunities". "The first two games we're pretty happy with how they went".

The Americans found things tougher against a game Finland squad. Defenseman Mat Robinson scored two goals in three games, including a power play marker against Sweden.

The Americans, however, could not complete the comeback with the game ending in a wild pile-up around the Canadian net. Team USA's roster looks nearly identical to the roster that beat Canada in the Women's World Hockey Championship back in April of a year ago. The Olympics only raises the stakes. "And some of those are on the U.S.as well, so it's an exciting time for us".

With the victory Canada sails into the knockout round with a flawless 3-0 mark sitting top of Group A followed by the U.S.at 2-1.

Rooney was certainly out played by Lacasse in net by the sheer overwhelming amount of shots Team USA put in front of the Canadian goaltender, but this goal is likely one they'll think on when reviewing the tape.

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With Canada already leading 1-0, Agosta scored her first of the game just before the seven-minute mark of the first.

"I just wanted to play the best I could so I could remember that", says Agosta. "So excited to play".

United States defenseman Kacey Bellamy is playing in her third Olympics and called U.S. "And we're looking forward to continue on this journey and this mission that we're on", forward Meghan Agosta said Tuesday after Canada dispatched Finland 4-1 at the Kwandong Hockey Centre.

"Anybody who knows hockey knows if you're going to keep doing that you're going to get rewarded", Stauber said, "and we expect the reward for our effort and being honest and sticking to our game plan". There is mutual respect but also a burning desire to clobber each other.

As it turns out there was another individual on that 1936 British team that would go on to play a role in a controversial Olympic ice hockey event that involved a player from Port Arthur - their manager John (Bunny) Ahearne.

Both of Canada's goals came in an eight-minute span in the second period, Meghan Agosta first taking a pass from Natalie Sponner and flicking a wrister off USA goalie Maddie Rooney's left pad and into the net. Both teams have allowed one goal apiece - both to Finland.

Shannon Szabados is as familiar with that Canadian attack so the Edmonton native was hardly surprised at what that prolific offence did to Raty and the Finns in another decisive win for the four-time defending champions.

US coach Robb Stauber has tried to keep his players focused on only one opponent at a time, trying to ignore the inevitable game with Canada until a day away.

"That's part of the game", Poulin said.


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