Wojtek Wolski playing for Canada at Olympics after breaking neck
03:33, Feb 16, 2018
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Now that the group stage is done, the two best-seeded teams from Group A got automatically moved into the semifinals, which will be the second round of the playoff stage.
Canada thought it had the first goal of the game with 3:15 left in the first period, but Melodie Daoust and captain Marie-Philip Poulin were in the crease with the play blown dead.
While body checking is forbidden in women's hockey, the game was a scrappy affair which would be expected from a rivalry that both sides have routinely described as "a war".
Both the US and Canada had already booked berths in Monday's semifinals, having won their first two games in Pool A. It's an interesting little gerrymandering of the format, but it works.
Canada defeated the U.S. in women's hockey at the 2018 winter Olympics while most of you were sleeping.
If there were jitters from the opening faceoff, where Canada was hemmed in its own end for about two minutes, they were quickly shaken off with Bourque's goal.
The United States skated away with the first gold in 1998 but Canada has reigned supreme ever since, winning four consecutive titles. That's a total of six different medalists.
Of course for many Canadians, the most hotly contested medals are in hockey. The United States will have an appointment with the victor of Finland vs. Sweden.
Finland, Russia, Switzerland and Sweden will play in the quarterfinals in matchups that are yet to be determined. Of those countries, United States of America and Slovakia have medalled only once.
"Exactly one year ago today I laid in a hospital bed after having surgery to fix a broken neck", Wolski said after being named to Team Canada in January. On top of that, the coaching staff includes all former college players, two of whom are current head coaches at the Division I level - Team USA head coach Tony Granato of Wisconsin and assistant coach Keith Allain, of Yale. He has 39 points in 44 games for the Kunlun Red Star and Metallurg Magnitogorsk and impressed Hockey Canada.
- While there are no Wisconsin alumni or current players on the team, there is a heavy Badger influence.
The foursome got bumped up to bronze for what would have been Canada's first luge podium at a Games in December when two Russian competitors were among dozens of athletes from the host nation stripped of their 2014 results and banned for life for alleged doping violations by the International Olympic Committee.
Brian O'Neil and Jordan Greenway helped Team USA earn a 2-0 advantage before surrendering the lead in the final frame.
At times, South Korean fans joined in on cheers, including one that translated to "win".
And what about the five-game losing streak against Canada - not to mention four consecutive losses in Olympic finals? "There is really no pressure on us, no big expectations".
The puck is down, and Canada's quest for another gold medal has officially begun, beginning group play against Switzerland.
Canada coach Laura Schuler was happy with the win, especially Lacasse's performance. "We're here to win a gold medal". If it happens, of course.
"When you know you're going to the Olympics, you're just trying not to get hurt, you don't want to get injured before the tournament and you want to make sure you're physically ready, and mentally ready as well", said Roy.
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