Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Women's hockey: Canada edges United States in heated game

Women's hockey: Canada edges United States in heated game

Maddie Meyer via Getty Images Team Canada huddles prior to their game against Team USA.

The four-member Korean team led by skip Kim Eun-jung on Thursday beat Canada 8-6 in the women's round robin session 2 at Gangneung Curling Center. "It doesn't matter what league I'm playing in".

The Olympic experience was new to all of the Canadian team, including Bourque, who couldn't stop to detail his exploits because he had a post-game date with doping control.

Canada had three options when the foul was called: Ignore the foul, remove the stone from play, or rearrange the stones to the position the team believed they would have been if the stone had not been disturbed, the Post reported.

"Obviously you always want to eliminate shots against, but for me, most importantly I'll look at scoring chances for and against", said Canadian coach Laura Schuler.

However, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson could not convert, sending Canada to the intermission with a two-goal cushion. Scrivens, who plies his trade in the KHL these days, was solid in the Canada goal. "We've still got lots of tough hockey ahead of us".

The highest ranked teams - Canada, the U.S., Finland and the Olympic Athletes From Russia (OAR) - are in Group A, while the next four highest-ranked teams - Switzerland, Sweden, Japan and the combined Korea team - are in Group B. She made 44 saves against the U.S.

Lamoureux-Davidson, who scored two goals in an Olympic record six seconds during the US win over Russian Federation, had an opportunity on a penalty shot with 3 minutes, 52 seconds left in the second period.

Agosta put Canada up 1-0 at 7:18 of the second on the power play.

Less than a minute after Bourque's second, Wolski split two Swiss defensemen and wired a wrist shot past Genoni into the top corner.

That was it for the Swiss starter, who was pulled in favour of former NHLer Jonas Hiller.

The Canadians didn't sound too impressed.

The Canadians had to survive 33 seconds of five-on-three in the third.

Both the USA and Canada had already booked berths in Monday's semifinals, having won their first two games in Pool A.

A version of this Canadian squad defeated the Swiss national team 3-0 in the Spengler Cup final on December 31, while Canada also beat Switzerland 3-2 to open the Karjala Cup in mid-November.

Bourque signed with Djurgardens in Sweden, where he has 13 goals and eight assists, and played for Canada in the Karjala Cup and Channel One Cup in the leadup to the Games to win a spot on the roster.

The NHL accounted for 49 per cent of the players at the 2014 Games in Sochi, compared to Nagano 1998 (36 per cent), Salt Lake City 2002 (45 per cent), Turin 2006 (54 per cent) and Vancouver 2010 (51 per cent).

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