UPDATE: See the best pictures of Olympic women’s hockey in Sochi, including pictures from the gold medal game between the US women’s hockey team and Canada.
Update, US Women’s Hockey Olympic Results:
Final – USA 2, Canada 3
It was another silver medal for team USA after falling to Canada in overtime of the gold medal game. The American women had built a two goal lead before Canada tied the game to force over time. Pictures from the 2014 US Women’s hockey teams Olympic games can be found in our, Best Pictures of Women’s Olympic Hockey – Sochi 2014 post.
Semifinals – USA 6, Sweden 1
After four days off the United States were back on the ice to face Sweden in the semifinals. Megan Bozek and Brianna Decker led the scoring for team USA with each scoring a goal and adding two assists in the win. Now USA will go for gold in a rematch with Canada in the final on Thursday.
Group A game 3 – USA 2, Canada 3
With a spot in the Semifinals already secured for both teams the USA and Canada battled it out for the top spot. After getting the lead in the second the USA gave up three goals in the third. The defect proved to be two much for team USA. The team will now head into the semifinals as the second seed.
Group A game 2 – USA 9, Switzerland 0
Team USA was on top of all aspects of their game against Switzerland. The Americans scored 9 goals and only give up a total of ten shots on net, all of which were stopped by Molly Schaus.
Group A game 1 – USA 3, Finland 1
Hilary Knight got the USA off to a quick start scoring the first goal of the tournament just 53 seconds into the game against Finland. Kelli Stack and Alex Carpenter added goals in the second as the Americans cursed to victory.
Olympic rivalries are often fleeting but that’s not the case when it comes to the women’s hockey rivalry between The United States and Canada. Since the beginning of international women’s ice hockey in 1990 the US has faced Canada in 18 of 19 tournament finals including 3 of the 4 at the Olympics.
Canada has gotten the best of the US in 12 of the 18 finals meetings. However the US is hoping to turn recent success at the World Championships into a second Olympic gold medal. The United States last won gold 1998 – which was the first year women’s hockey was part of the Olympic program.
The 2014 team USA will head to Sochi as the top ranked team with a mix of veterans and new faces. A total of 11 players will be making a return trip to the Olympics with 10 others making their Olympic debut.
Jessie Vetter – goalie
Molly Schaus – goalie
Brianne McLaughlin – goalie
Kacey Bellamy – defense
Gigi Marvin – defense
Megan Bozek – defense
Michelle Picard – defense
Josephine Pucci – defense
Anne Schleper – defense
Lee Stecklein – defense
Julie Chu – forward
Meghan Duggan – forward
Hilary Knight – forward
Jocelyne Lamoureux – forward
Monique Lamoureux – forward
Kelli Stack – forward
Alex Carpenter – forward
Kendall Coyne – forward
Brianna Decker – forward
Lyndsey Fry – forward
Amanda Kessel – forward
Julie Chu will be the most senior member of the team at 31 and making her fourth Olympic appearance. Chu has two Olympic silver medals and one bronze from her past Olympics but is hoping to earn Olympic gold in what could be her final games.
One of the key new comers has a name that will be familiar to NHL fans. Growing up Amanda Kessel would play competitive hockey with older brothers Phil and Blake. Phil is now a star in the NHL with the Maple Leafs and a member of the US Men’s team. Blake is playing with the Solar Bears in the ECHL. Amanda is now one of the best women hockey players in the world and will make her first of what should be many Olympic Games with the US team.
A medal is never guaranteed but the US women’s hockey team gives the US one of its best shots at winning gold Sochi. For more photos of the women making up the US women’s hockey team be sure to check out Newscom.