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USA, Canada set for 'battle of the ages'

22 February 2018, 09:05 | Katie Chavez

USA, Canada set for 'battle of the ages'

Jordan Greenway, of the United States celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Slovenia during the second period of the preliminary round of the men's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung South Korea Wednesday F

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Team USA also won a historic medal in women's cross-country skiing as the team of Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall won the country's first-ever gold medal in the event.

The two traditional hockey powerhouses have been clinical but not ideal in getting to this point and should have one final chance to get their games in order for what would be a tense final between two longtime rivals.

Although she didn't wear it during the ceremony or in interviews afterward, Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail reported an official from the Olympic Ice Hockey Federation talked to her and explained she can't "legally" refuse to wear the medal. "We played disciplined. We played our identity in terms of not giving up too much and making them work for everything", said Kelly. The United States has won the last four. Canada again. While it may not be a rivalry of sorts (Shuster said he's actually very good friends with Canadian skip Kevin Koe and three of the members of Team USA and two others from Canada are all in a fantasy football league together), George said it is something of a big-brother, little-brother game. "They did a great job". "They've put a lot of energy and focus into transforming things that they needed to get better at, and that's now". To find itself in position to win a medal was incredible and the team was carrying some serious momentum into the match.

"It's honestly a dream come true", agreed fellow scorer Knight.

The women's super combined began Thursday morning in Pyeongchang with Americans Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin both expecting to earn a medal. She simply wanted the team to reconnect with the role model who help start them on this journey, both with her play in 1998 and with her appearance in OR in August. It was Jocelyne Lamoureux who would finally set the Americans ahead, with a phenomenal deke that left plenty of net open. Poulin could be counted on for more against Germany. It has gotten similarly strong goaltending from Pavel Francouz, who has stoppednine of 10 attempts in two shootouts, including in the quarterfinals to eliminate the United States.

When the National Hockey League chose to sit out the Pyeongchang Games, its stars were replaced in the men's bracket by minor-leaguers, European professionals and only a smattering of recognizable names.

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The Canadians haven't lost even a single Olympic game since the 1998 Nagano final - won by the United States.

"We cranked my bindings up as high as they would go", Wise said. I had a really hard time cheering for her all this time, but my goodness, the Lamoureux twins were my favorite players in this tournament.

The U.S. players and team executives had focused on this game for the past four years, since its defeat at Sochi, creating a residency program in Florida that would allow players to practice and train together for months and retooling the roster to bring in young, swift skaters with the aim of increasing its speed.

With under four minutes to play in the final in Sochi four years ago, Canada's Brianne Jenner and Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice to force overtime against the Americans. General manager Sean Burke called Scrivens day-to-day with a shoulder/collarbone injury and expects the veteran to return.

Desjardins said Scrivens would be further evaluated Thursday.

Burke, 51, was a goalie for 15 National Hockey League seasons but isn't eligible to suit up.

"For me, it's been a fairy tale for the last Olympics", Poulin said.

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