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Upset City: Team USA, Russia Fall in Openers

Upset City: Team USA, Russia Fall in Openers

For two full periods, the US men's hockey team played with the upper hand.

"We gotta bury our chances", said USA forward Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, who set an Olympic record on Tuesday for the shortest span between goals by the same player - six seconds - against the Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation.

Stauber was downright giddy about the Americans' performance, pointing out that they outshot the Canadians 45-23, the third straight game in these Olympics that the Americans outshot their opponents by almost a 2-1 margin.

Since women's ice hockey became part of the Olympic program in 1998, Canada and the United States have enjoyed a duopoly, playing for every gold medal except when Sweden crashed the party at the 2006 Turin Games. "We were on our heels in the third at times and they took advantage".

Bourque found the back of the net again in the second which was followed 52 seconds later with another powerplay goal from Wojtek Wolski that pushed the lead out to 4-0.

The only aspect that could have gone better for Yardley native Brian O'Neill's Olympic hockey debut would have been a win.

The Boston University junior and Terriers left winger is the first African-American player to skate in the Olympics for the U.S. men's ice hockey team since the sport was introduced to the Games in 1920, an experience he hopes will inspire other young black athletes.

Ryan Gunderson, the defenseman from Bensalem, played 17:50 but didn't have a huge impact on the game. That carried over until late into the second period when Nurse fooled USA goalie Maddie Rooney with a top shelf shot instead of going for a pass across to her two teammates that entered the zone with her. Welch redeemed himself by somehow extending his body for a dramatic diving save to keep the 1-0 lead.




The U.S. doubled up Slovenia in shots after two but couldn't pull away and increase its margin of error. At the 2014 Games, the USA lost in the bronze-medal game.

Slovenia took just three shots in the first period but continued to create more chances for itself as the game progressed. "He thought through this whole thing from how he put the staff together to how we did the evaluations and where we were going to draw our players from", Granato said of his long-time friend and former teammate.

Slovenia came to life in the third period. That's what makes the Americans' 3-2 overtime loss to Slovenia in the opener so stunning.

The Swedish men make their Olympic debut, and besides Rasmus Dahlin (the likely No. 1 pick of the 2018 National Hockey League draft), another Swede's name caught my eye: Carl Klingberg, the older brother of Dallas Stars defenseman and Norris Trophy candidate John Klingberg.

"I think 2017 was a year for women, and in terms of what our team was able to accomplish as far as what we did in the spring, we've built off that", says Monique Lamoureux. The U.S. will be better than a lot of people think, they're very fast.

"Seeing that, it just showed how close games are and we didn't want to leave it to chance", Roy said. "It could've been a little fatigue just set in mentally because of the way that the day was".

The Slovaks managed to hang on for the win, and by virtue of winning in regulation, they are all alone atop Group B.


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