US men's hockey team loses to Slovenia in Olympics debut

US men's hockey team loses to Slovenia in Olympics debut

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The only difference in the women's game is that the medal podium is top-heavy with Canada and US, both in the World Championship and Olympics. "Just to see him get rewarded for his hard work is pretty cool". I was taken aback by that.

Canadian defender Brigette Lacquette roofed a backhand over Rooney late in the period, but the whistle was already sounding for players in the crease and it was quickly waived off.

If familiarity does indeed breed contempt, there was plenty of that and more on show at the Kwandong Hockey Center. "I am sure they will be pumped up as much as we are". "I think anybody who's in hockey knows that if you keep doing that you're going to get rewarded".

"I'm proud of my guys. They're very excited and very proud".

If there were nerves before Thursday rooted in the unknown of how Canada's 2018 Olympic men's ice hockey team would fare without the services of NHL players, those nerves were dashed minutes into their opening game. Canada now has three goalies who can get the job done in these games, as Szabados had 22 saves in a 4-1 win over Finland and Ann-Renee Desbiens had an 18-save shutout against the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation. With Megan Keller in the box for interfering with Poulin, Natalie Spooner in her 100th worldwide game spun and hit Agosta in the slot with a backhanded pass. Agosta's shot went off goalie Maddie Rooney's glove and in for the goal.

The Canadian team is going to have to score by committee while the mobile defence, led by Noreau, Chris Lee and Mat Robinson, will be counted on to chip in some offence.

Garret Roe made a nifty pass from behind the net to set up Brian O'Neil at 14:44 of the opening period to give US a 1-0 lead. "That's the only way we're going to have success in this tournament is to use our speed and just get after teams". "I had to find a different way to do it because I found I hit a wall in my career", Bloemen said on his move to Canada. When the team took to the Olympic ice the squad included some players from Eastern Canada and eight Port Arthur players including Norman (Nummy) Friday, Alex Sinclair, Bill Thomson, Jakie Nash, Arnold Deacon, Gus Saxberg, Ray Milton and Jimmy Haggerty.

Ottawa's Rachel Homan had an Olympic debut to forget with an 8-6 loss to South Korea and a 7-6 extra-end loss to Sweden in her first two game of the women's curling tournament.

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USA players shook off the stunning 3-2 defeat so quickly it was a whiplash of emotions in just over 12 hours.

The puck is down, and Canada's quest for another gold medal has officially begun, beginning group play against Switzerland. "Will I be able to play professional hockey again?'"

"It's not, especially with our team". "I've always liked to play fast, and I think this group's been put together so we can play that way".

Canada's decision to fill its roster with veterans playing overseas paid big dividends in its 5-1 victory against Switzerland Thursday. Scrivens, who plies his trade in the KHL these days, was solid in the Canada goal.

"It's a rivalry, what would anyone else expect but exactly that", said US coach Rob Stauber.

What's up with the US men's team?

Canadian flags were visible all around the 6,000-seat arena but so were empty chairs.

On Thursday at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Wolski scored twice for Team Canada. I could never have imagined that I would be so lucky one year later.

The Canadians had to survive 33 seconds of five-on-three in the third. Roy was still in the box when Simon Moser scored for the Swiss. On top of that, the coaching staff includes all former college players, two of whom are current head coaches at the Division I level - Team USA head coach Tony Granato of Wisconsin and assistant coach Keith Allain, of Yale. Agosta was named MVP in Vancouver in 2010 and was recently named assistant captain.