Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

U.S. loses to Canada 2-0 in Olympic women's hockey gold-medal game

American defenseman Molly Engstrom takes a moment to herself on the ice after Canada dominated to win the gold medal.

Getty Images

American defenseman Molly Engstrom takes a moment to herself on the ice after Canada dominated to win the gold medal.

Canada 2 0 0 2
United States 0 0 0 0
VANCOUVER — Canada's game. Canada's ice. Canada's gold.

Marie-Philip Poulin scored two goals, Shannon Szabados made 28 saves, and Canada rolled through its American rivals 2-0 to win the gold medal in women's hockey for the third straight Olympics on Thursday night in front of a raucous crowd ringing cowbells and frantically waving thousands of maple leaf flags.

After Poulin's first-period scores, the Canadians dominated every aspect of the game, earning their 15th straight Olympic win.

"I looked up in the stands and saw a sign that said, 'Proud to be Canadian,' and that's what I am today," Szabados said. "My teammates were unbelievable today. We played a great game."

Earlier, Finland won the bronze, beating Sweden 3-2 in overtime.

Canada remained unbeaten at the Olympics since 1998, when the Americans won the first women's gold. It also beat the Americans for the gold in 2002.

It kept nearly the entire game in the Americans' end, outpassing, outshooting and outworking the only team with a chance of standing up to it.

Several Americans were in tears after the game, including four-time Olympians Angela Ruggiero and Jenny Potter, who had her two children on the ice with her for the medal presentation.

"When you give your whole life to something and you come up short, as a team, it's just awful," Ruggiero said, choking back tears. "It's a little different than playing on the men's side. You really give your life to it. You make lots of sacrifices to win the gold medal."

Some debate the viability of an Olympic sport with two such dominant powers. The Canadians and Americans beat everyone else by a combined 86-4 at this tournament.

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said he isn't ready to banish the sport. He said the IOC will give it four to eight more years to build depth. "We cannot continue without improvement. There is an improvement in the number of nations, and we want to see this wider," Rogge said. "There is no doubt that in the future women's hockey will be a hit."

Coaches from other nations are adamant that they've been working to close the competitive gap, but they need resources — chiefly, dollars — to catch up.

"The North American teams' sports federations have eight times Sweden's budget for women's hockey," Sweden coach Peter Elander said after his team's loss. "They have twice as many days together as we do. The finances for all teams have to be the same. … If you want to have a close tournament in Sochi (in 2014), have (comparable) national programs in all countries."

In the gold-medal game, Canada got two first-period goals from Poulin, a super-speedy 18-year-old forward from Quebec who claims she felt no Olympic pressure. Szabados capped her first Olympics with flawless netminding. "Szabados played out of her mind," U.S. forward Monique Lamoureux said.

Jessie Vetter made 27 saves for the Americans, whose potent power play, which produced 13 goals in the previous four games, went 0-for-6. Canada consistently won most of the battles in a physical, grinding game.

"We commit. We work hard," said Canadian captain Hayley Wickenheiser, a four-time Olympian. "It's up to the rest of the world to catch up."

Canada 2 0 0 2
United States 0 0 0 0
Canada 2 0 0 2
United States 0 0 0 0

First Period—1, Canada, Marie-Philip Poulin (Jennifer Botterill), 13:55. 2, Canada, Marie-Philip Poulin (Meghan Agosta), 16:50. Penalties—Jenny Potter, United States (Hooking), 3:49; Lisa Chesson, United States (Hooking), 8:18; Gina Kingsbury, Canada (Body Checking), 10:00; Catherine Ward, Canada (Interference), 11:21; Jayna Hefford, Canada (Slashing), 16:11; Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej, United States (Hooking), 16:47.

Second Period—No scoring. Penalties—Jayna Hefford, Canada (Delaying the Game), 2:35; Becky Kellar, Canada (Delaying the Game), 2:58; Caitlin Cahow, United States (Hooking), 10:01; Angela Ruggiero, United States (Interference), 14:49; Jayna Hefford, Canada (Diving), 16:56.

Third Period—No scoring. Penalties—No penalties.

Shots on Goal—Canada 8-10-11—29. United States 7-14-7—28. Goalies—Canada, Shannon Szabados. United States, Jessie Vetter.

Canada 2

U.S. 0

U.S. loses to Canada 2-0 in Olympic women's hockey gold-medal game 02/25/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 25, 2010 11:10pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays vs. Orioles, 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Orioles

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

  2. Rays journal: Sergio Romo excited for fresh start in AL

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Sergio Romo was about to play catch with LHP Adam Kolarek before Monday's batting practice when he paused.

    RAMOS EXITS: Rays catcher Wilson Ramos clutches his head after being beaned by Ruben Tejada’s broken bat in the fifth inning. Ramos leaves the game and receives six staples to close a laceration on his head.
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Monday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    LHP Blake Snell stepped up when the Rays needed him to — and perhaps when he had to to keep his job — with a season-high seven-plus innings. It wasn't only that he got deep into the game but how, using his high-octane fastball to pound the strike zone.

  4. Urban Meyer says the Big Ten is now the equal of the SEC

    College

    CHICAGO — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer doesn't just believe the Big Ten has closed the gap with the more heralded SEC. He is convinced the race is a dead heat already.

    Ohio State’s Urban Meyer says the Big Ten East is as strong as the SEC East was when he coached UF to two national titles.
  5. USF opens preseason workouts with defensive improvement a priority

    College

    TAMPA — To prevent preseason wear on his three normal practice fields, new USF coach Charlie Strong is staging the first phase of the 2017 preseason on the fields used by the original Bulls two decades ago.