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Former Friar Genevieve Lacasse '12 Shines for Team Canada at 2018 Olympics

17 February 2018, 12:44 | Kristopher Drake

Despite Loss, US Buoyed By Effort Against Canada

Canada v United States- 2017 IIHF Women's Gold Medal Game

The Americans and Canadians pushed, shoved and grabbed each other, sometimes from behind, sometimes mask to mask, and bodies were crashing to the ice repeatedly in front of the net.

Canada's next game is Saturday against the Czech Republic, which beat South Korea 2-1 in the other night game at the Gangneung Hockey Centre.

It could have been a mere preview of the battle for gold expected to come next week.

Geneviève Lacasse made 43 saves for Canada and stopped Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson on a penalty shot at 14:08 of the second period. Maxim Noreau had a goal and an assist for Canada, which is considered one of the favorites in the tournament being played with National Hockey League players for the first time since 1994.

So that the Americans outshot the Canadians, 45-23, is important because they know they can perforate the defense in the gold medal game.

However, just 23 seconds into the third period speedy US forward Kendall Coyne got past the Canadian defenders and put the puck between the legs of the Canadian netminder to cut the lead to one. "What else would anybody expect?" It's going to come down to one game and you've got to win. But I think they played hard throughout.

Kendall Coyne scored the lone goal for the Americans.

The winners of those two games will then move on to play for a gold medal.

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The two played eight times last fall through a pre-Olympic exhibition tour and the Four Nations Cup.

Canadian skip Rachel Homan opted to remove the stone, which is considered the most aggressive action, the Post reported.

"Most of us are kind of journeymen who have had to work for everything we've had", Klinkhammer said.

The Canadian women have had puck drops at 9:10 p.m. and 4:40 p.m. and Thursday's game started just after noon local time. "Absolutely nothing to do with our future".

"They're going to have a lot of scoring chances and we just have to protect our house and get our goals".

The Canadians didn't sound too impressed.

Former NHL players Rene Bourque and Wojtek Wolski had two goals apiece to lead Canada to a tournament-opening 5-1 win over Switzerland. The official immediately signaled no goal. "Our power play did a great job, our PK [penalty kill] did a pretty good job and moving forward discipline will be huge". With Megan Keller in the box for interfering with Poulin, Natalie Spooner in her 100th worldwide game spun and hit Agosta in the slot with a backhanded pass. Agosta's shot went off goalie Maddie Rooney's glove and in for the goal. Thursday's win gave Canada its fifth straight victory of late over Team USA. Forward Laura Stacey appeared to enter the offensive zone before the puck crossed the blue line, but U.S. head coach Robb Stauber elected not to challenge. That carried over until late into the second period when Nurse fooled US goalie Maddie Rooney with a top shelf shot instead of going for a pass across to her two teammates that entered the zone with her.

Lamoureux-Davidson, who scored the fastest back-to-back goals in Olympic history in the US win over Russian Federation, went too slow and Lacasse easily deflected her backhand shot. "That's why you train", said USA forward Hilary Knight, who saw a few strong scoring chances just miss in the third.



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