Update, 9:45 a.m.:
Despite a late penalty on Canada and a six-on-four advantage in the final 20 seconds, the United States is unable to score, and after taking a 1-0 lead into the third period loses to Canada, 3-2.
It was a preliminary round Group A game, and the United States’s first loss of the tournament. Here’s the final game summary.
The U.S. pulled its goalie, and closed the gap to 3-2 on an Anne Schleper goal with 1:05 left.
The U.S. turns the puck over, and Megan Agosta-Marciano outskates everyone for an easy breakaway goal. It’s 3-1 with 5:05 to play.
Meghan Agosta breakway takes puck all the way to Vetter and scores #sochi2014 No controversy on that one— Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenx) February 12, 2014
Canada just blitzing usa in third period. #soch12014— Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenx) February 12, 2014
Update, 9:25 a.m:
Canada scored twice quickly coming out of intermission, tying the game on the power play and taking the lead on a goal that had to be reviewed by officials to see when the whistle blew.
Meghan Agosta-Marciano scored 2:22 in to the third period after Canada dug the puck out of the corner on the power play and worked it back in front of the net. Soon after, 3:53 into the third, Hayley Wickenheiser scored from close range.
Here’s why the goal was disputed:
This is where the puck was when the whistle blew. pic.twitter.com/L55TyL8Hj3— World of Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) February 12, 2014
Sally Jenkins is at the game:
Canada scores! with 33 seconds left on the power play. #sochi2014— Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenx) February 12, 2014
Meghan Agosta pokes it past Vetter for the goal, USA and Canada now tied 1-1. Time of goal 42:21 #soch2014— Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenx) February 12, 2014
Canada scores again! Vetter tries to smother puck with body and it slides thru. Trickler. #sochi2014— Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenx) February 12, 2014
Update, 8:59 a.m.
After nearly two periods full of oh-so-close chances, Hilary Knight scores for the United States, off an assist from Anne Schleper. The puck started off to the left of the net with Alex Carpenter, who got it to Schleper out in front, and Knight deflected Schleper’s wrist shot on its way past Canadian goalkeeper Charline Labonte.
The goal came on the power play with 2:26 left in the second period, and the U.S. kept the pressure on, with nine of the last 10 shots of the period. The U.S. leads in shots on net, 23-19.
The teams went into the second intermission with the U.S. up, 1-0. Here’s the game summary.
USA goal now credited to Hilary Knight. 1-0, US over Canada end of second period. #Sochi2014— Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenx) February 12, 2014
Just before the USA goal, Hilary Knight sent Canada’s Hayley Wickersham flat to the ice. @Sochi2014— Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenx) February 12, 2014
Assists on USA’s goal given to both Schleper and Alex Carpenter. #sochi2014— Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenx) February 12, 2014
Update, 8:10 a.m.
The first period was scoreless, but it wasn’t for lack of shots on goal. Kelli Stack hit the crossbar on one of the United States’ 11 shots, and the Canadians had eight shots.
On NBC, the commentary is that the physical style of play so far will favor Canada against the speedy Americans.
Sally Jenkins is at Shayba Arena:
At USA-Canada women’s hockey, goalie Vetter just snagged the puck easy as a softball. #sochi2014— Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenx) February 12, 2014
Canada spent an awful lot of time in front of USA net in 1st pd. Americans looked outpaced. #sochi2014— Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenx) February 12, 2014
Original post, 7:55 a.m.:
The puck dropped in Sochi at 7:30 a.m. ET in this highly anticipated Group A matchup between heated rivals and medal favorites.
The Americans have had two early power plays, as the Canadians were sent to the penalty box for tripping and holding, but through the first 15 minutes of play, they were scoreless. Here’s the live box score.
Some background, from the Associated Press’s Jimmy Golen:
“Don’t try telling either team in the bitter rivalry that the game is meaningless.
“The fact that we played them this year in an exhibition game — you saw how that ended,” Canadian assistant coach Lisa Haley said, referring to the brawls that ended two of the teams’ games on the “Road to Sochi” tour. “It doesn’t matter if there’s a gold medal awarded at the end of the game or not.”
International women’s hockey has always been dominated by Canada and the U.S. The teams have combined to win every world championship and Olympic title game ever.”
“It’s going to be a bloodbath, obviously,” U.S. forward Kendall Coyne said.
None of those games was lacking intensity, and the teams promise that this one won’t, either.
“Whoever buys seats to our match here is going to be extremely happy with the result,” U.S. forward Hilary Knight said. “We’re two great teams dueling it out on a world stage. It doesn’t get much better than that.”