After dumping Sweden, U.S. women's hockey team focuses on Canada
The United States women’s hockey team stayed true to its vow to take each game as it came, including a 6-1 semifinal win over Sweden on Monday that was uglier than the final score indicated.
Here’s — finally — looking at you, Canada.
As the whole world anticipated, including Olympic organizers who designed the tournament format just for this potentiality, the U.S. will meet its neighbors to the North for the gold medal on Thursday .
During a break in the action late in the first period, an ice crew clearing ice shavings from in front of the U.S. goal had nothing to do. The Americans had the first 26 shots on goal and led 3-0 at the first intermission. Any argument about the competitive balance among women’s hockey teams was cast aside Monday.
But the job isn’t done.
“It was a great team win, a great 60 minutes of USA hockey,” Megan Bozek said. “Another 60 minutes left to play and hopefully the gold medal is in our hands.”
“There are 11 of us returning from Vancouver that in our minds came up short, so that’s something that has driven all of us over the last four years,” Lamoureux said. “That feeling of coming up short doesn’t fade over time, it’s something that really sticks with us.”
“I think intense is probably a better word than hate because we all do respect one another at the end of the day,” said U.S. forward Hilary Knight, a former Hanover, N.H., resident. “They’re at the top of their game and we’re at the top of ours. It’s a great battle of the border there. It’s definitely a hot ticket.”