Canada holds off United States to win 2-1

Team Canada still a work in progress as Olympic hockey tournament opens

Team USA blows 3rd period lead, falls in OT

The other Group B matchup also went the way of the underdog, as Slovakia also overcame a 2-0 deficit to knock off the Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation by the same 3-2 count.

Those 13 days start Wednesday morning, when Team USA opens Winter Olympic tourney play in the Pyeongchang Games against Slovenia.

Thursday's game was their first meeting since Canada edged the USA 2-1 in overtime December 17 in Edmonton.

Slovenia, meanwhile, made it to the quarterfinals in Sochi in what was the small country's Olympic men's hockey debut in 2014, but with Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar no longer on the roster, things are going to be significantly more hard for Kari Savolainen's team.

Greenway will be the first African American to compete on a U.S. Olympic hockey team.

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Next up, the US faces Slovakia in the second preliminary-round matchup on Friday before taking on Athletes of Russian Federation on Saturday. It was a huge goal for the former New York Rangers prospect and a reminder that, in the absence of National Hockey League players, this tournament is truly wide open.

"We have some balance but I think we're going to have to score by committee", he said.

The U.S. head into the second round with the highest number of shots in the tournament at 137, but are more than four full percentage points behind Canada in scoring efficiency.

The Canadians appeared to take a 3-1 lead amid chants of "USA-USA", but a goal by Haley Irwin was called back when replay revealed she had kicked the puck into the net with her skate. If nothing else, this goal provided a feel-good moment. "It's so impressive how from last year with all the pressure around him and he took a big step this year and now he's here in the Olympics at 17 years old".

Despite medaling in every Olympics since ice hockey became an official women's sport in 1998, members of the USA women's hockey team were not compensated the same as their male counterparts. The U.S. blew a 2-0 lead. Not in the second period, when Jocelyn Lamourex-Davidson was awarded a penalty shot, went forehand, backhand, forehand, backhand and then watched her shot ricochet off the knob of Lacasse's stick. "There was a little bit of nerves at the beginning, but once we scored that goal, everybody eased back and played the game".

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Officials waived off a pair of Canadian goals in the game and reviewed a game-ending scrum for a potential USA goal before letting the score stand.

Agosta elbowed a US defender in the face less than a minute later, but the Canadians killed off the penalty. Actually, a preview for the main event. Therefore, the teams playing at the Olympics are mostly represented by Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and European teams as well as North American universities and minor leagues.

With eight career wins in Olympic competition, Schelling now is the winningest goaltender in the history of the women's tournament. The United States got off to a good start, taking control from the early going and owning the majority of scoring chances in the first frame. Canada, meanwhile, has been they typical their juggernaut self, dominating opponents 9-1 and looking every part of the gold-medal favorites.

Many questions have arisen on how the NHL-less Olympics will pan out.

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