Canada pulls away in third period, U.S. women’s hockey rally falls short

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The U.S. women’s team was able to bottle up Canada’s attack for two periods, but their rivals pulled away in the final frame, ultimately winning 3-2.

United States forward Hilary Knight gave her team a 1-0 lead, giving her a goal in every U.S. game so far (three in three contests). Anne Schelper scored a 3-2 goal with a little more than a minute left and Jessie Vetter made some big saves, but neither efforts were enough to secure a win.

Things unraveled for the U.S. in the third period, especially during a 1:33 span in which a 1-0 lead turned into a 2-1 deficit.

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Meghan Agosta-Marciano scored two goals (including the game-winner) while Canadian women’s ice hockey icon Hayley Wickenheiser collected a goal and an assist to secure a win for Canada, who went with Charline Labonte in net.

This game was more about measuring the two team’s progress than larger Olympic implications, as the two powers are expected to cruise to the gold medal game and meet once again. As unpredictable as the sport may be, most expect the U.S. to get a chance to avenge this loss with gold on the line.