As if it’s a surprise, the U.S. and Canadian Women’s teams are set to play in the gold medal game on Thursday. This highly anticipated and highly expected game, features the two winners of 18 of the last 19 international tournaments. . The two powerhouses have already met in a hard-fought battle during these Sochi Olympics, with Canada taking a controversial 3-2 victory over the Americans.
We all remember Sidney Crosby‘s “Golden Goal” at the Vancouver Olympics, in which he scored the OT winner to defeat the American men in front of a heavily Canadian crowd. But what most people forget is that the women of both countries played for the gold medal in their division. The Canadian Women also defeated the American men to win gold, and the rivalry has only strengthened since.
If you read my last article, you saw the video of the US/Canada brawl in the women’s qualifying game. Clearly, emotions between these two teams are running high. And in the preliminary match between the two, the game was fast paced and energetic. So it only makes sense that the gold medal game should feature these two teams.
For the Americans, keep an eye on Amanda Kessel and the Lamoureux twins, Monique and Jocelyne, to lead the attack. These three, along with a very strong supporting cast, have really led the scoring for the red, white, and blue. Their leadership capabilities are prominent in every game, and their teammates respond well to them.
On the Canadian side, look out for Hayley Wickenheiser, Rebecca Johnston, and Natalie Spooner. They have 5, 4, and 4 points respectively, and have been playing very strong hockey for Canada.They will look to match the Americans’ top producers and shut them down if possible.
In many ways, you can expect this game to be even more exciting than a men’s game. The ladies make up for the lack of checking with pure finesse and playmaking. The women’s game is very European-esque, with lots of set passing plays and thinking as opposed to grinding and hitting. One thing is for sure, you don’t want to miss it.