Highlights and analysis of Canada’s 3-2 win

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For the sixth time in Olympic history, the women’s hockey gold medal game at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games brought together the United States and Canada. The two teams have combined to win every World and Olympic title in women’s hockey history. And this streak did not stop in Beijing.

Canada won the gold medal game 3-2, despite a late effort from the United States. Canada’s “Captain Clutch” Marie-Philip Poulin scored two goals (including the winner).

During the gold medal game, On Her Turf provided live updates. Here’s how the final chapter of the US-Canada rivalry unfolded:

Women’s Hockey – Olympic Gold Medal Game – Live Updates and Score:

FIRST PERIOD:

11:05 p.m. ET: It’s time! The United States and Canada took to the ice at the Wukesong Sports Center. Fun fact: During the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008, the venue hosted basketball.

11:09 p.m. ET: Another fun fact: All four officials in this game are women: the referees Kelley Cooke and Anna Wiegandand line women Anna Hammar and Kendall Hanley.

11:12 p.m. ET: In goal for Canada is Ann-Renee Desbiens. Four years after sitting on the bench in the gold medal final in 2018, she has been so solid in this tournament.

11:13 p.m. ET: American Hannah Brandt with a fantastic opportunity, but it bounces off the post.

Video of Hannah Brandt’s near goal in the women’s hockey gold medal game:

11:19 p.m. ET: Canada goes up 1-0. If you leave Natalie Spooner opening in front of the net is what will happen….

11:20 p.m. ET: But wait! american coach Joel Johnson disputes the goal, arguing that Canada was offside before the goal. And the challenge turns in favor of the United States. It’s still a 0-0 game.

11:23 p.m. ET: CANADA SCORES. Game 1-0. It was a very nice goal. Sarah Nurse was in the perfect spot, tipping the puck into the former USA goaltender Alex Cavallini. Claire Thompson and Marie-Philip Poulin credited with the assist.

Video of Sarah Nurse’s goal to give Canada a 1-0 lead in the women’s Olympic gold medal game:

11:30 p.m. ET: Canada entered the game with a much deeper bench than the United States. And 12 minutes after the start of the first period, all Canadian players – with the exception of the substitute goalkeeper Emerance Maschmeyer and defender Ella Shelton – walked on the ice. The same cannot be said of the United States: defenders Caroline Harvey and Jincy Dunne haven’t played a minute in the last two games…and that trend looks set to continue in the gold medal game. The Americans also play, of course, without Brianna Deckerwho was injured in the first game of the tournament.

11:36 p.m. ET: CANADA SCORES, GAME 2-0. Would it be a gold medal game without a goal Marie-Philip Poulin? She does a fantastic job keeping the puck away from Kelly Panek while the United States worked it out of the zone. american keeper Alex Cavallini it looks like she was caught off guard, either by a screen in front or the quick turnaround.

Video of Marie-Philip Poulin’s goal to make it 2-0 for Canada:

11:45 p.m. ET: The first period ends with Canada leading the United States 2-0. The Americans ended the period by killing a penalty by Kendall Coyne Schofield (game delay).

SSECOND PERIOD:

12:00 p.m. ET: Looking at these first-period stats… let’s talk about bench depth and roster utilization. At the end of the first period, only one Canadian player (Renata Fast) spent more than eight minutes on the ice. The United States has four players with more than 9 minutes of time on the ice (TOI).

12:10 a.m. ET: Wow. CANADA GOAL, 3-0. Marie-Philip Poulin again (video below). Understand this: this is Poulin’s FOURTH consecutive GOLD MEDAL game with at least one goal: two in 2010, two in 2014, one in 2018, two today…

12:22 a.m. ET: In some ways, Canada leading 3-0 was entirely predictable… The Canadians fought their way through the Olympic tournament, outscoring their opponents in Beijing by a combined 54-8 (before the final for the gold medal today). That said, despite the struggles Team USA faced in the tournament, it still seemed possible that today’s match would be a 0-0 overtime battle given the storied rivalry between the two teams.

12:29 a.m. ET: HILAIRE CHEVALIER SCORES (video below). Game 3-1. A shorthanded goal, even after Megan Keller received a waiting penalty. Hannah Brandt with help.

12:35 a.m. ET: It’s the end of the second period. Canada currently leads the United States 3-1. If the result holds, Canada will win its fifth gold medal in women’s hockey. As we’ve seen in previous games of these 2022 Winter Olympics, USA gets shots, but doesn’t finish, except for this Knight masterclass. The Americans currently lead the Canadians 24-17 in shots on goal.

THIRD PERIOD:

12:45 a.m.: Something to keep in mind as the third period begins. The team that was leading in the gold medal game of 2014 and 2018 at the end of the second period? Not the team that ultimately won. The United States led 1-0 in 2014 (they eventually lost 3-2 in overtime). Canada led 2-1 in 2018 (it ultimately lost 3-2 GWS).

00:53: CLINK! You can hear the sound like a shot Alex Charpentier bounces off the post (video below).

1:04 a.m. ET: Team USA to go power play after Canada Jocelyn Larocque is called to cling Savannah Harmony.

1:05 a.m. ET: And the United States is unable to capitalize on the power play…again. Not a new story at these Beijing 2022 Winter Games. Ann-Renee Desbiens only needs to make one save while Canada’s shorthanded hold on.

1:14 a.m. ET: The U.S. throws shots at Desbiens but fails to make a dent.

1:15 a.m. ET: With 3:08 remaining, USA pulls the keeper Alex Cavallini to add the extra player.

1:18 a.m. ET: USA to return to power play after Marie-Philip Poulin is called for a penalty.

1:20 a.m. ET: !!!!!! AMANDA KESSEL BRAND. 2-3. 13.5 SECONDS REMAINING, AFTER OFFICIALS ADJUST THE CLOCK. WOW.

1:23 a.m. ET: And just like that, it’s over. Canada wins 3-2. I felt like USA woke up too late, even though they had nearly twice as many shots on goal as Canada (41 to 20).

BEIJING, CHINA – FEBRUARY 17: Marie-Philip Poulin #29, Sarah Nurse #20, Renata Fast #14 and Ann-Renee Desbiens #35 of Team Canada celebrate after winning the women’s hockey gold medal game. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

2:22 a.m. ET: There’s going to be a lot to unpack from this one, but it certainly lived up to the hype. Going through the game stats/tournament stats, a few things stood out:

USA vs. Canada Rivalry History – Olympic and World Championship History (Finals Only)

Year Event Winner and Score
1990 World Championship Canada, 5-2
1992 World Championship Canada, 8-0
1994 World Championship Canada, 6-3
1997 World Championship Canada, 4-3 (overtime)
1998 Nagano Winter Olympics USA, 3-1
1999 World Championship Canada, 3-1
2000 World Championship Canada, 3-2 (overtime)
2001 World Championship Canada, 3-2
2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics Canada, 3-2
2003 World Championship Canceled due to SARS
2004 World Championship Canada, 2-0
2005 World Championship USA, 1-0 (SO)
2006 Torino Winter Olympics Canada defeated Sweden, 4-1
2007 World Championship Canada, 5-1
2008 World Championship United States, 4-3
2009 World Championship USA, 4-1
2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Canada, 2-0
2011 World Championship USA, 3-2 (overtime)
2012 World Championship Canada, 5-4 (overtime)
2013 World Championship United States, 3-2
2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Canada, 3-2 (overtime)
2015 World Championship United States, 7-5
2016 World Championship USA, 1-0 (OT)
2017 World Championship USA, 3-2 (overtime)
2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics USA, 3-2 (SO)
2019 World Championship USA beat Finland, 2-1 (SO)
2020 World Championship Canceled due to Covid-19
2021 World Championship Canada, 3-2 (overtime)
2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Canada, 3-2

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