Canada beats US to win Women’s Ice Crown

2022-05-12 0 By

Beijing, February 17 (Xinhua) — By Ma Kai, Lin Deren and Liu JinhuiCanada overcame the United States 3-2 in the women’s ice hockey final at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Sunday to win its fifth Olympic gold medal and set a new record of 57 goals scored by a women’s hockey team at a single Olympics.Canada and the United States are meeting in the final for the sixth time since women’s ice hockey was introduced as an official sport at the 1998 Nagano Games, and both teams are familiar with each other’s styles and characteristics.The United States beat Canada in a shootout to win gold at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.Canada beat the United States 4-2 in the group stage of the Games.Early in the game, Ashton Bell shot into the net after Sarah Ferrier deflected the puck from the outside with her stick.After reviewing the video, the referee ruled the Canadian players were offside and the goal was disallowed.The incident did not disrupt Canada’s rhythm, and at 7:50, after a scramble for the puck in the offensive zone, Sarah Nurse scored a low shot that hit the post and went into the net for a 1-0 lead.The United States also created a number of very dangerous scoring chances, but in comparison, Canada’s attack looked more steady, accurate and ruthless.Canada took a 2-0 lead in the 15th minute when Marie-Philippe Paulin, assisted by her teammates, made a steal and shot into the top corner of the net.The goal also made her the only hockey player in Winter Olympic history to score in four consecutive finals.Since then, the United States intensified the offensive, the Canadian team in front of the dangerous like endless, players at the ice, with their bodies to block the opponent’s shot.Canada struck back in the 29th minute when Breanna Jenner’s shot from the middle was blocked by the keeper and Pauline made it 3-0 with a follow-up shot.In the 36th minute, Megan Keller of the United States was fouled and ruled out for two minutes.With fewer games, they made a brilliant comeback. Hilary Knight dribbled a shot that was blocked by the Canadian goalie, and knight converted the shot to bring the US back to one point.Canada was penalized with a man out for two minutes with a minute and a half left.The United States laid siege to Canada by replacing the goalkeeper and adding an attacking player.Amanda Kessel added a goal for the United States with 12.5 seconds left in a scrimmage in front of the net.But with time running out, the U.S. couldn’t equalize and lost 3-2.”We obviously didn’t do enough to live up to our potential,” Knight said after the game.I’m proud of our effort.””This championship is the result of a team effort.”Pauline, who scored two goals for Team Canada, said after the game: “It was tough for us in 2018. We fought hard to the end and I’m glad our hard work paid off.”(after)