Team Canada and Team USA faced off earlier this morning. Team USA came off of two straight wins in which they outscored their opponents 12-1, most notably defeating Switzerland by a score of 9-0. Team Canada also came off of two straight wins, outscoring their opponents 8-0, in which Charline Labonte and Shannon Szabados each started a game and had a 14 shot shutout.
Team Canada defeated Team USA by a score of 3-2. Charline Labonte stopped 25 of 27 shots from the US. Meghan Agosta-Marciano of Team Canada celebrated her 27th birthday in style by scoring two of Canada’s goals and a helper on captain Hayley Wickenheiser’s goal. Captain and flag-bearer Hayley Wickenheiser has two goals and one assist so far during the games.
Entering into the Olympics, the two teams appeared to be the top two women’s teams at Sochi.
Of course these two teams aren’t new to being the top two teams in the world of women’s ice hockey.
Since women’s ice hockey entered the Olympics in the 1998 Nagano Games, Canada and USA have medalled in each Olympic games so far. In fact, they are the only two teams to win gold, and the only time they didn’t play in the gold medal game was in Turin in 2006 (Canada won gold over Sweden, and USA win bronze).
Canada and USA will finish number 1 and 2 in their pool, and they will get a bye round into the semifinals. If all works out in the end, we will witness a repeat in the gold medal game to make an extraordinary game between the two powerhouse rivals in women’s hockey.
**Canada will now wait until the 17th of February to play their next game in the semifinal round, as well as Team USA**
Do you think we will see a rematch in the gold medal game?
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