Canada triumphed 3-2 over the United States on Wednesday in an Olympic preliminary-round meeting widely regarded as a women’s hockey gold-medal game preview.
While the game featured a lot of the physical play and grittiness that fans have come to expect when these teams meet, a controversial goal likely will be the largest point of discussion.
After Canada tied the game at 1 early in the third period, it took the lead for good when U.S. goaltender Jesse Vetter let another goal through — sort of. Vetter made the initial stop on a moving puck, but somehow the puck trickled under her glove, behind her and into the net. The whistle to stop play clearly came before the puck crossed the goal line, however, signifying that the call should have been a no-goal.
The goal was reviewed, but the mistaken ruling stood, and the Canadians suddenly had the lead and all the momentum. A breakaway goal upped their lead to 3-1, and while a late goal with the goalie pulled brought the Americans within one, they couldn’t manage a full comeback.
Both teams are on a break until Monday, when they begin play in opposite brackets, but the controversy surrounding Canada’s second goal is just getting started.
Look at where the puck was when the whistle blew in the picture below, with a stick tap to Fansided.com.
This is where the puck was when the whistle blew. http://t.co/L55TyL8Hj3—
World of Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) February 12, 2014