Team Canada takes on Team USA tonight for women’s ice hockey gold at the 2022 Olympics. The puck drop is at 11:10 p.m., on CBC, CBC Gem and on the CBC Sports website. If you’re American, the game should be on NBC.
Canada enter tonight’s match as the reigning world champions and having topped Group A unbeaten after beating the United States 3-2 in the group stage. I’ve made recaps of all of Canada’s games in the WOMEN’S HOCKEY tab, including this group stage win against USA. [Pension Plan Puppets]
“Jamie Lee Rattray scored the game-winning goal in the second period as Canada finished strong for the win. Brianne Jenner scored Canada’s first two goals in crucial moments and Marie-Philip Poulin provided a crucial insurance goal for the first-ever penalty shot in Olympic women’s hockey history.
Canada’s route to the final included victories over Switzerland, Finland, ROC (Russia) and USA in the group stage. They then beat Sweden in the quarter-finals and again Switzerland (who fought well) in the semi-finals. Now they face the United States, who beat the same teams in the group stage, the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals and Finland in the semi-finals to qualify for this final game.
Earlier this morning, Finland beat Switzerland to win the bronze medal and the ‘best of the rest’ award at the women’s hockey tournament.
Canada’s Projected Programming
Sarah Nurse – Marie-Philip Poulin (C) – Brianne Jenner
Sarah Fillier – Melody Daoust – Natalie Spooner
Emily Clark – Blayre Turnbull – Rebecca Johnston
Jamie-Lee Rattray – Jill Saulnier – Laura Stacey
Jocelyne Larocque – Renata Fast
Claire Thompson – Erin Ambrose
Micah Zandee-Hart – Ashton Bell
Ann-Renée Desbiens – starter
The projected programming of the United States
Kendall Coyne-Schofield (C) – Hannah Brandt – Hilary Knight
Alex Carpenter – Abby Roque – Amanda Kessel
Dani Cameranesi – Kelly Pannek – Grace Zumwinkle
Hayley Scamurra – Jesse Compher – Abby Murphy
Lee Stecklein – Cayla Barnes
Megan Keller – Savannah Harmon
Jincy Dunne – Megan Bozek
Maddie Rooney – titular
Sarah Nurse currently leads the tournament with four goals (including a hat trick) and 16 points in just six games. She skyrocketed in Canada’s roster, moving from third line to first line alongside Clutch captain Marie-Philip Poulin, who is right behind her in points.
Brianne Jenner was the hat trick queen in the tournament with two. Sarah Fillier, 21, was one of the stars with eight goals in six games to launch her Olympic career, including her first hat trick. She formed a dynamic duo with Natalie Spooner.
Jamie Lee Rattray was another surprise, scoring five goals after being left out of the national team in 2016 and starting this tournament as the 13th striker. She was a dynamo in net and Canada found ways to leverage her offense above her regular fourth-line role. She always finds ways to score, including gwg against USA in the group stage.
For the United States, they have been a much weaker scoring group, with Hilary Knight scoring five goals and nine points in six games. Alex Carpenter has also scored four goals in the tournament so far. Kendall Coyne-Schofield and Jesse Compher also have three goals apiece. Watch out for Abby Roque, who will take a lot of beatings tonight.
Here’s a bingo card!
In the comments, share who you think will win, the final score and who scores the golden goal! Here’s mine:
And to get you excited, here’s Wick scaring all Americans with their red, white and blue skates.