USA-Canada Women’s Olympic Hockey Live: Canada Wins 3-2 Despite Late U.S. Goal

Sochi_Olympics_Ice_Hockey_Women-1Final, Canada 3-2: The 6-on-4 advantage wasn’t enough for Team USA to score in the final 30 seconds. Team Canada won 3-2, and one of those goals came on a controversial call.

U.S. goalie Jessie Vetter lost track of a rebound, and the puck fell into the net. The linesman blew the whistle before the puck crossed the line, but it was still ruled a goal on the review.

These two teams will likely play again Feb. 20 in the gold medal game. Both teams just have to win out to play again.

Team USA and Canada appear so evenly matched that a rematch could go either way. These games truly pit the best against the best.

Third period, 0:30, Canada 3-2Canada got called for too many men. The U.S. pulled Vetter and has a 6-4 advantage.

Third period, 1:05, Canada 3-2Pulling the goalie worked for Team USA. Anne Schleper scores a goal after grabbing an assist earlier.

Jessie Vetter is back in net for the U.S., now down just 3-2.

Third period, 1:43, Canada 3-1Team USA has pulled its goalie, needing two goals to win.

Third period, 5:05, Canada 3-1Team USA got out of the power play without allowing a score, but Jessie Vetter couldn’t stop Meghan Agosta-Marciano on a breakaway.

Both the U.S. and Canada don’t play again until Monday.

Third period, 8:01, Canada 2-1Josephine Pucci got two minutes for hooking. Team USA has to stop Canada on this power play.

Third period, 11:55, Canada 2-1Wickenhauser has the most international goals of all time now with 55. She has an assist and goal in this game.

Third period, 16:00, Canada 2-1Now we have some controversy. Jessie Vetter blocked a shot but lost control of the rebound. The linesman blew the whistle before the puck crossed the line, but after the replay, it was still ruled a goal.

There wasn’t too much of a fight from U.S. head coach Katey Stone.

Canada’s Hayley Wickenheiser got credit for the goal.

Third period, 18:55, 1-1Team Canada is now 1-for-4 on power plays.

Meghan Agosta-Marciano scored on the assist from Hayley Wickenheiser. Team USA was down Brianna Decker for tripping.

Third period, 18:55, Team USA 1-0Team USA’s Briana Decker just got called for tripping. Canada is 0-for-3 on power plays so far. We’ll see if the Canadians can change their fortunes here.

Third period, 20:00, Team USA 1-0Pierre McGuire just called Team USA’s Hilary Knight the best female player in the world. She has the game’s lone goal on a tip off her stick.

Second intermission, Team USA 1-0After two periods, the U.S. is leading Canada.

It was only a matter of time before one of these impressive goalies let up a tough shot. Knight’s deflection would have been tough for Labonté to stop. The puck took a tough carom off Knight’s stick.

It was a great shot by Schleper, however. It looks like this matchup — like most U.S.-Canada games — will come down to the wire.

Second period, 2:26, Team USA 1-0The United States scored the game’s first goal on the power play.

Anne Schleper’s shot on goal was deflected by Hilary Knight’s stick to knuckle by Charline Labonté for the score. Knight gets the goal, and Schleper gets the assist.

Second period, 3:03The U.S. has another two-minute power play after Canada’s Lauriane Rougeau got called for body checking.

Second period, 6:13We have a 4-on-4 right now after penalties on both sides. The U.S. got called for interference, and Canada was called for roughing.

Second period, 12:09Both the U.S. and Canada have clinched a spot in the Olympic semifinals. These teams will likely meet again in the gold medal game. U.S. goalie Jessie Vetter and Canada goalie Charline Labonté are having great games so far.

We’re still scoreless in Sochi.

Second period, 20:00We’re off for the second period.

Team USA is filled with New Englanders. Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.), Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.), Michaelle Picard (Taunton, Mass.), Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Julie Chu (Fairfield, Conn.) and Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) are all native New Englanders.

Schaus (Boston College), Bellamy (New Hamshire), Picard (Harvard), Josephine Pucci (Harvard), Carpenter, Kendall Coyne (Northeastern University), Lyndsey Fry (Harvard) and Kelli Stack (Boston College) all went to college in New England.

First intermissionAfter one period, we’re all knotted up at 0-0. Each team has had some key saves. Canada couldn’t score on two power plays. Team USA had one power play and also couldn’t get the puck in the net.

This game is living up to its expectations so far.

First period, 2:00Team Canada has a two-minute power play now for body checking. These teams obviously do not care for one another. There’s pushing and shoving after every whistle.

First period, 8:52Team USA has a two-minute power play after Canada was called for holding on the boards.

First period, 9:40Still no score here. Canada has five shots on goal, while the U.S. has four.

First period, 17:22U.S. goalie Jessie Vetter makes a fantastic save early in the first period. She had to stretch for the puck to keep this matchup scoreless.

First period, 19:06Team USA won the faceoff, and we’re off.

7:15 a.m. ET: One of the best rivalries in sports takes center stage Wednesday morning at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team will square off against Canada in a preliminary-round matchup. Both teams are going into Wednesday morning’s game 2-0 in Olympic play. Team USA beat Switzerland and Finland by a combined score of 12-1. Team Canada has yet to allow a goal in Russia.

The last time these two teams squared off in Olympic play, Canada beat the U.S. to win gold in Vancouver. Team USA has won four of the seven exhibition matchups leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics, however.

These two teams will likely face off again in the Olympic final, but find out how the first matchup turns out by following along with our women’s Olympic hockey live blog. The action starts at 7:30 a.m.

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