U.S. and Canada to play for gold medal in women's hockeyWisconsin and Minnesota Sports
- The U.S. and Canadian women’s hockey teams will play each other for the gold medal on Thursday.
VANCOUVER - The U.S. and Canadian women’s hockey teams will play each other for the gold medal on Thursday. The Americans crushed Sweden 9-1 in their semi-final yesterday, while Canada advanced with a 5-0 of Finland.
Wisconsin’s Meghan Duggan and former Badger Kerry Weiland each had one goal for Team USA. Current Badger Hilary Knight had two assists, as did ex-Wisconsin players Erika Lawler and Molly Engstrom. Ex-Badger Jessie Vetter had 11 saves against Sweden. Former Wisconsin players Carla MacLeod and Meaghan Mikkelson played for Canada last night, but did not figure in the scoring.
Monique Lamoureux (lahm-uh-ROO') had a hat trick while twin sister Jocelyne had two assists. Team USA, which includes Minnesotans Jenny Potter, Natalie Darwitz and Gigi Marvin, was able to avenge a semifinal loss to the Swedes four years ago in Torino
The U.S and Canada have out-scored their opponents 86-4 in their first four contests in Vancouver. Team USA center Chris Drury said Monday they are keeping Sunday's 5-3 win over Canada in perspective, adding they have plenty of room for improvement. Brian Rafalski scored twice and Minnesota's Jamie Langenbrunner added a third-period goal in the game which many have called the greatest upset since 1980's "Miracle on Ice." The USA plays Wednesday against the winner of today's qualifying game between Switzerland and Belarus. Meanwhile, the medal round begins today in men’s hockey. Former Badger Dany Heatley will play for Canada when it takes on Germany. The U.S men won’t play until tomorrow, when they face either Belarus or Switzerland in the quarter-finals.
A disappointing showing in Vancouver came to an end Monday night for the U-S men's curling team. The squad led by John Schuster of Chisholm dropped a shortened Olympic finale 11-5 to China in nine ends to finish round-robin play 2-and-7. The Americans' faint medal-round hopes were officially dashed with a 7-2 setback to Canada in Monday's early session.
While the Germans won gold in the cross-country team sprint at Whistler Monday, Americans Caitlin Compton and Kikkan Randall came in sixth, nearly 48-seconds behind the leaders. Compton of Minneapolis says the team's finish in this race only makes her strive for a better ending in the 2014 games. Compton says the team should perform well in Thursday's 4-by-5-kilometer relay with the amount of talent on the roster.