Congrats, U.S. Women!

The U.S. women break an Olympic record! (Sports Grid)

In what can only be described as a blowout, the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team dismantled Switzerland’s national team 9-0 on Monday, all but clinching a spot in the semifinals of the Winter Olympics at Sochi. They even made Olympic history by scoring three goals in less than a minute, with the last two coming only eight seconds apart!

“When you score so many so quickly, it just knocks the wind out of the other team,” said U.S. forward Amanda Kessel, who nearly scored a hat trick before a video review credited one of her goals to teammate Kendall Coyne. Additional scores came from nearly every player on the ice, including Monique Lamoureux, Brianna Decker, Hilary Knight and Alex Carpenter.

It truly was a team effort for the ages, but there is much more action-packed hockey to come.

On Wednesday, the U.S. team will meet their biggest rival—the Canadians—in an early round game that could mirror the final gold medal match, since these two teams are largely favored to make it there. And every time these teams face off, the sparks fly. When they met in October, a huge fight broke out. The same was true when they met in late December, only this brawl ended with ten fighting majors and a host of other infractions.

“That’s just kind of what happens when you’re in an intense hockey game,” Canadian forward Brianne Jenner explained.

The lovely and talented Amanda Kessel (Bring on the World Tour)

And tomorrow’s game promises to be just as intense.

The Canadians are coming off a win against Finland that went scoreless until the third period, when they finally got three pucks past Finnish goalie Noora Raty—she ended the game with an impressive 39 saves, but it simply wasn’t enough to beat a dominant Canadian team.

The Americans defeated Finland on Saturday, but allowed a goal before winning 3-1.

In other words, the stage is set for what should be another exciting matchup between two teams who respect each other, but will be out for blood. And though I love Canada and have friends who live there, I can’t contain my patriotism.

Go U.S.A.!

Posted on February 11, 2014, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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