Last year, Team Canada rolled into Burlington, Vermont and took home gold at the Women’s Ice Hockey World Championships. This year, the women of Team USA had revenge on their minds. A week ago Tuesday, the U.S. beat Canada 3-2 in Ottawa, to bring gold back to the States.
Amanda Kessel is having a great couple of weeks. She was named this year’s winner of the Patty Kazmaier award as the NCAA’s top women’s hockey player at the Frozen Four before leading the University of Minnesota to an NCAA title and completing a 41-0-0 season. She capped it off this week by scoring the game winner for Team USA.
As with nearly every major international tournament, the gold medal game came down to Canada versus the U.S. The U.S. outshot Canada nearly two to one and was able to win the game in front of over 13,000 fans. Even with the shot disparity Canada was able to take the lead in the first period. The game was tied 2-2 at the end of two before Kessel broke the tie with the game winner in the third period.
The Olympics in Sochi are less than a year away and, barring catastrophe, the U.S. and Canada will battle for gold in Russia, too. Team USA took home the gold in 1998 in Nagano but Canada has been golden since. The Americans will need their sense of revenge and effective play in 2014 if they want to wear gold again. No doubt this loss on home ice will make the Team Canada eager to make space in their trophy cases for yet another gold.
So, when are the opening ceremonies again?