Canada edges US 1-0 in Olympic Hockey semi-final

Jamie Brenn scores for Canada

Jamie Brenn scores for Canada

The best hockey players faced each other during an intense semi-final in which Canada, edged out Team USA 1-0 in Men’s Olympic ice hockey.

A second period give and go goal deflected into the net by Jamie Benn past US keeper Jonathan Quick was all that was needed for Canada to earn a berth in the gold final, where Canada will meet Sweden.

Yesterday Canada’s women came back from a 2-0 deficit in the last five minutes of the game to force overtime, where Canada scored to win the gold medal, with Team USA settling for silver.

For Canadians, who tout “This is our game,” it is vindication that it is.

Both games were settled on a razor’s edge. For Putin’s Russian teams the results were disappointing.

SOCHI, Russia – The ice in front of their goals was filled with the zooming bodies of a few dozen of the fastest skaters and hardest shots in all of hockey, and their immediate air space was peppered with flying pucks. For 60 frantic minutes of play, this went on, the United States and Canada men’s hockey teams trying like mad to score past them, and Jonathan Quick and Carey Price, the respective goalies, almost uniformly shutting them down.

But a lone puck, out of the 68 fired, found its way past the pads and sticks of these two world-class goalies, and it was into Quick’s net, through no real fault of his. And so, the Canadians won another entertaining, Olympian battle between these North American rivals, 1-0, and it is Canada who will move on to play Sweden in Sunday’s gold-medal game.

Source: Washington Post

All of Canada’s eyes will be on the final, to see if Canada can repeat its gold medal performance from four years ago.

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