Saturday, December 20, 2014

USA-Canada women's hockey game somehow ends without bloodshed

The above fight did NOT occur in Wednesday's Olympic women's hockey matchup between Team USA and Team Canada. Which was an anomaly.

USA-Canada women's hockey game somehow ends without bloodshed

The above fight did NOT occur in Wednesday's Olympic women's hockey matchup between Team USA and Team Canada. Which was an anomaly.

There is no love lost between the two teams, but there is the occasional blood or teeth lost. Today most of the losing happened to Team USA, whom analyst Jeremy Roenick said looked "average" in a 3-2 loss against their Canadian counterparts.

Canada had duel power play chances in the first period, but couldn't capitalize. Neither could the U.S., but they had half the amount of power plays and were dealing with some suspicious refereeing.

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Despite no rampaging brawls, it became clear that none of these women were too fond of each other, following most whistles with good old fashioned antagonism that Americans are known for and Canadians are known for while playing hockey only.  

Finally, with 2:26 left in the second period, USA's Anne Schleper had a shot deflect off teammate Hilary Knight and into the net for 1-0 lead. After Brianna Decker was called for tripping, Canada had its fourth power play and finally pushed through to tie the game on a goal by Meghan Agosta-Marciano.

Then came the controversy - a ref blew the whistle before a Canadian shot crossed the goal line. After reviewing the play, it was determined to be a goal by a staff of the criminally insane.

No matter. With a one-goal lead, Canada wasted another power play opportunity, but then scored as the U.S. got to full strength on another goal by Agosta-Marciano.

The U.S. pulled their goalie and Schleper popped in another score with about a minute left, but USA came up on the short end of 3-2 loss that was Canada's 18th straight women's hockey win at the Olympics.

Already-beloved Phillies broadcaster Matt Stairs (awesome to say that) made everybody feel better by practicing his "summing it all up"-itude.

These two teams and their simmering tensions will meet again in the semifinals.
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