It was a day of sporting ignominy for hockey-mad Canada, winners of the last two Olympic gold medals in men's ice hockey.
Jocelyne Larocque wanted no part of the silver medal following Canada's 3-2 shootout loss to the U.S.in the women's hockey final Thursday. The match will start at 12:35 a.m. CST. A nice shot by Shuster left two US stones in scoring position. The hockey team's breakthrough, and his own desire to improve on his ninth- and 10th-place finishes in the past two Olympics, have him eager to finish the job.
"I missed four last shots to win three games early and essentially took us out of the competition", he said. "And this is just changing things".
"We've screwed it up plenty of times, but she pulled the flawless time to pull it off".
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They appear determined to overcome their embarrassing showing in Sochi when, as Olympic hosts, they did not make the medal round. Who's going to give up?
Team USA players have often told the media that this was the biggest game of their careers. They wound up doing it twice in four days.
- Flipping to the men's side of things, it is expected that the National Hockey League will return to the Winter Olympics when the games go to China in 2022. They will play either Canada or Germany on Saturday night. They were continually wiping sweat from their faces, grimacing and shaking their heads. Shuster and his teammates appeared loose and relaxed before Thursday's game, with Matt Hamilton blowing kisses to the camera. Both skips were shooting over 90 percent into the eighth end. Without her stellar performance, the game never would have gone beyond regulation time.
US coach Robb Stauber was among those who empathized with her, having failed to get gold in the 2014 Winter Olympics, which the Canadians won. "That's not the way it is anymore". A 9-7 victory over Canada got the streak rolling.
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"It's tremendous for the program, the program in its entirety for men's and women's and I think it shows the growth that the United States has had in the hockey development", Chris Summers said. She also played on the team in 2002 and 2006.
All that's left is to determine which color it will be.
"In the moment, I was disappointed with the outcome of the game, and my emotions got the better of me".
Shuster, George and their two teammates - John Landsteiner and Matt Hamilton - had a 2-4 record in pool play less than a week ago before reeling off three straight victories, including one against Canada, to secure a berth in the medal round. "It doesn't matter where you come from, you can always achieve your dream".
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