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Pyeongchang 2018 – Olympic hockey daily

A recap of the Pyeongchang males’s and girls’s hockey tournaments, with a concentrate on Team USA’s gold-medal quests.

Three Stars

1. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, USA

History was made in Team USA’s 5-zero win over the Olympic Athletes from Russia when the three-time Olympian scored two objectives in six seconds within the second interval to set an Olympic hockey document for gamers of any gender. The authentic mark of eight seconds was set by Sweden’s Carl Goran Oberg on the 1960 Squaw Valley Games. Lamoureux-Davidson’s second objective will stand as one of many filthiest of the event:

2. Marie-Philip Poulin, Canada

Olympic athletes are used to being showered with items once they arrive on website. Well, Finland captain Jenni Hiirikoski gave one to Poulin within the first interval of their sport, and the Canadian hockey star buried it prime shelf for a backbreaking objective that made it 2-zero within the first interval. The tally got here after Canada killed off two consecutive Finnish energy performs. Canada defeated the Finns four-1.

three. Noora Raty, Finland

Once once more, the star goalie did all she might to maintain her overmatched group within the sport. After giving the Americans a small scare within the opener, Raty noticed her group outshot 24-10 by two durations in opposition to Canada. She will hopefully get one other crack at one of many superpowers within the medal spherical. Perhaps by then, the announcers will work out tips on how to pronounce her identify. (For the document, it is “Nor-uh Rah-too.”)

Bust of the day

After shedding 5-zero to Canada of their opener, the Olympic Athletes from Russia regarded about as disorganized as a group can look because the Americans scored three objectives in 2:52 to blow their preliminary sport extensive open. On Lamoureux-Davidson’s second objective, it appeared your complete Russian protection was in search of a contact lens on the ice. It was that unhealthy.

Controversy of the day

Does the Statue of Liberty qualify as “the wording or lyrics from national anthems, motivational words, public/political messaging or slogans related to national identity?”

Turns out, it doesn’t within the eyes of the International Olympic Committee, which had initially requested that Lady Liberty be faraway from the masks of U.S. goalies Nicole Hensley and Alex Rigsby. The IOC knowledgeable the Americans earlier than their sport in opposition to OAR universally accepted image of freedom was not, in truth, nationalist propaganda and that the masks did not have to be altered.

Please recall the 2014 Sochi Games, by which the IOC had Team USA goalie Jessie Vetter remove the preamble to the Constitution from her mask and had males’s goalie Jonathan Quick cowl up the phrase “Support the Troops” on his masks.

What’s up with the U.S. girls’s group?

The U.S. performed a greater all-round sport in opposition to OAR than it did versus Finland, with sparks of the offensive creativity the group will want in opposition to Canada. The group must be happy with the way in which the road of Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Kelly Pannek is rolling early on this event, having generated three of the squad’s eight objectives up to now. Not unhealthy for a “third line.”

Up subsequent: Their Group A showdown with archrival Canada on Feb. 15. Please word that the sport shall be proven reside on Feb. 14 within the U.S. at 10:10 p.m. ET.

What’s up with the U.S. males’s group?

Ryan Zapolski was named the starter in objective for Team USA’s Olympic opener in opposition to Slovenia on Feb. 14. This was anticipated, because the 31-year-previous Erie, Pennsylvania, native has posted stellar numbers (1.73 GAA, .932 save share) with Jokerit within the KHL and may be very acquainted with the angles of Olympic-sized ice, having performed abroad since 2013.

“It’s such a short tournament that I think the goalie is the most important player for every team. They’re going to be tight games, not only with the way the tournament is set up but because of the uncertainty on the rosters,” he told ESPN last month. “When NHL players are there, it’s three or four teams that have a chance. Here, it’s wide open.”

In the subsequent 24 hours

Women’s hockey Group B: Sweden vs. Switzerland (Feb. 13, 10:10 p.m. ET); Korea vs. Japan (Feb. 14, 2:40 a.m. ET)
Men’s hockey Group B: Slovakia vs. OAR (Feb. 14, 7:10 a.m. ET); U.S. vs. Slovenia (Feb. 14, 7:10 a.m. ET)

Our first take a look at the Olympic Athletes from Russia group that options former NHL stars, equivalent to Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk. The Russians are even-cash favorites to win Olympic gold.

Previously: Our Olympic medal picks for the 2018 hockey tournaments.

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