USA still struggling for offense against Canada

Canada, US prepare for Olympic women's ice hockey quarterfinals

Team Canada beats Finland in women's hockey at 2018 Winter Olympics

All of this with no medal on the line, either.

- Men's hockey: On the opening day of men's hockey, U.S. will take on Slovenia in Group B action and will feature a roster full of collegiate athletes, minor league players and European leaguers (live starting at 6:30 a.m., NBCSN).

In the 2014 Sochi Games, the Americans lost in heartbreaking fashion.

The United States has won seven of the past eight World Championships but has fallen to Canada in the past two Winter Games.

"We've got to bury our chances", Lamoureux-Davidson explained.

After arriving in South Korea, the Americans faced more questions about Canada than their opening game opponent, Finland. "Definitely some things we can continue to get better at, but hopefully build on each and every game and be at our best when it matters".

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The winners of those games will face off for the gold medal, while the losers will play for bronze.

That's how many consecutive wins Canada has in women's hockey at the Olympics. The Olympics only raises the stakes. Kendal Coyne agreed, suggesting the US would take that game 10 times out of 10. This was a very hard-fought game even with both teams having very little to play for.

It looked as if the United States would answer after falling behind 2-0, as Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson was given a penalty shot when Canadian defenders covered the puck in the crease.

Finland, who beat the Russians to take the third seeding, will meet sixth-seeded Sweden on Saturday for the right to play the Americans, and the fourth-seeded Russians take on fifth-seeded Switzerland to earn a spot against Canada. Daoust deftly delayed her pass to freeze the goalie and then slipped the puck between the defenceman's legs to Agosta for a tap-in goal just 35 seconds in.

The Canadian players have been so schooled to say next to nothing bolder than the one-game-at-a-time drivel that it's tough to get a read on how confident they are. "So excited to play".

Charline Labonté recorded the shutout in her first Olympic game.

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And that's a journey that is punctuated by the USA-Canada rivalry.

But judging by the smiles and a roundabout acknowledgement from Agosta, through two games they are starting to look formidable. "We're going to give 100 percent".

"We have a lot speed, talent and skill on this team".

"It hit another level compared to our game previous", Nurse said. The puck just wouldn't go in for the Americans. Instead, Wickenheiser scored the team's second shorthanded goal a few minutes later and as time expired on the period Agosta deked the goaltender on the breakaway to make it 7-0. Finland and OAR, teams that were expected to showcase their recent growth in PyeongChang, unfortunately, came up short. As of this writing, 85% of bettors are betting on the Canadians to win.

When the Canadian team stepped onto the ice in Innsbruck, Austria the player selected to lead the squad as captain was Port Arthur hockey star Henry (Hank) Akervall, who many people will remember for his 30 year teaching career at Lakehead University and his time as a coach of the Lakehead Nor'Westers hockey team and director of athletics.

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