Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

US Women's Hockey Team Wins First Game In Winter Olympics

US Women's Hockey Team Wins First Game In Winter Olympics

Finland actually took a 1-0 lead to the second period before the USA was able to scratch out goals from Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Kendall Coyne a minute apart in the second to take the lead.

South and North Korea skated together in a moment more symbolic than competitive, as defending bronze medalist Switzerland buried the Koreans 8-0 in the teams' opener in Pool B.

"It's a great way to start the tournament", Monique Lamoureux-Morando said after the game, via NBC's broadcast.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, 28, of Grand Forks, N.D. set up the first US goal midway through the first period, then she scored an Olympic record two goals in six seconds during the second period when Team USA out-shot Russian Federation 24-7.

"We had a pretty good first period we just had a mental lapse on the play, we were in real good position, we just didn't pick up the most unsafe player".

Kendall Coyne notched what would be the winning goal in the second period. "Finland's really gotten better over the last couple years, and they gave us one heck of a game. Who's going to win the gold medal, I don't know so I think it creates a little bit of excitement, but it's certainly going to be an exciting Olympics because there are so many unknowns", said Johnson. The game still stands in the history books as the most goals the USA women have ever scored in an Olympic game. But they rebounded for a 3-1 victory.

As the game progressed, the American team outshot Finland 42-24 but only put two in behind a goalie, before getting the insurance goal on a empty net. "Especially against a phenomenal goaltender like Noora".

The Canadians will be facing a Finland team that scored first on the United States in its opening game but ultimately took a 3-1 loss to one of the tournament's favorites. As for these Pyeongchang games, the Americans now have a good chance to secure a bye for the quarterfinals and an automatic spot in the semifinals.

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