Heading into the 2022 Winter Olympics, it is predicted that the United States and Canada will be the last two teams to compete for the gold medal in the Olympic Games. women’s ice hockey.
With the qualifying round drawing to a close, it’s clearer than ever that there’s a chance those two will play in the gold medal showdown again.
The US and Canada face each other in the final round of the qualifying round. Both won 3-0 in the group stage, winning over Finland, the Russian Olympic Committee and Switzerland. All five members of Group A are guaranteed a place in the quarterfinals, so the only thing at stake, other than bragging rights, is the seeds for the US and Canada.
Head-to-head is set for Monday at 11:10 p.m. EST.
How did the United States perform at the 2022 Olympics?
The Americans are having consecutive openings to enter their match against opponents north of the border. Most recently, they handled Switzerland with ease in an 8-0 win and previously beat ROC 5-0 and Finland 5-2.
Hilary Knight (three goals, two assists), Amanda Kessel (two goals, three assists) and Savannah Harmon (one goal, four assists) are all ranked at the top with five points.
Knight is also placed alongside teammates Alex Carpenter and Jesse Compher to lead the team in terms of goals, with three.
Goalkeepers Nicole Hensley and Alex Cavallini both scored while Maddie Rooney got the win over Finland.
So far, the team has overcome the opponent with a score of 18-2.
How did Canada perform at the 2022 Olympics?
Canada has taken the lead in these Olympics, trailing them 29 to 3 in just three games.
The team started with a 12-2 win over Switzerland before beating Finland 11-1. Canada is about to have a 6-1 victory over ROC.
The eight top scorers in the tournament all belonged to the Canadian team, and nine of the top 10 were Canadians. Leading the way is Natalie Spooner with 10 points (two goals, eight assists) after three games. Behind her is Sarah Nurse with seven points and then five players with six, including Sarah Fillier, who leads the league in goals with five points.
Ann-Renee Desbiens started two games, scoring twice from 42 shots. Emerance Maschmeyer starts the match against ROC.
What is the record between the two teams at the Olympics?
This is the seventh Winter Olympics to feature women’s ice hockey. During that time, Canada is holding a close 5-3 advantage. The two have met five times for the gold medal with Canada leading 3-2 in those games. Canada also won the gold medal against Sweden.
Who won the last time the two teams met?
Canada and the US met in gold medal match of the 2018 Winter Olympics, where the US won 3-2 in the penalty shootout.
The US took a 1-0 lead in the first game before Canada scored twice in the second to make it 2-1 in the final 20 minutes. America ended the game early in the third inning and it was still tied after the end of the regulation.
No one scored in regular time, forcing the game to go into a penalty shootout. It took six innings for Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson to circle around Canadian goalkeeper Shannon Szabados to pull the Americans ahead. Meghan needed to score to keep Canada’s gold medal hopes alive, but Maddie Rooney turned down a five-hole bid to bring the US their first gold in women’s ice hockey since last year. 1998 in Nagano.
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