The Canadian women’s hockey team defeated the U.S.A. 3-2 in a game that promises an exciting match in the playoffs.
After a scoreless first period, Team USA forward Hilary Knight scored a power play goal in the second period. Although the Americans were aggressive in the second and pushed Canada hard they only managed the one goal.
Team Canada came roaring out of the gate in the third, though. Forward Meghan Agosta-Marciano celebrated her 27th birthday by scoring about two and a half minutes in. This goal was followed a minute later by another from flag-bearer Hayley Wickenheiser. The Americans contested this second goal, but the referee ruled in Canada’s favour.
Agosta-Marciano scored again late in the third period on a breakaway, bringing the score to 3-1.
After pulling their goalie, the U.S. scored again with about a minute left in play. Anne Schleper scored the second American goal. The Americans went on the power play with 30 seconds left, as Canada had too many players on the ice, but they were unable to score.
Canada is undefeated in the women’s tournament, which determines how they’re placed in the playoffs. Playoffs start Feb. 15, and Canada goes straight to the semi-finals. They play their first game Feb. 17 at 7:30 a.m. Eastern time (4:30 a.m. Pacific).
It’s an early round game, but these two teams are expected to meet in the gold medal game scheduled for February 20th in Sochi, broadcasting at 3 p.m. through 7 p.m., NBCSN.