SOCHI, Russia – Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) and Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) scored and goaltender Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.) turned away 28 shots, but the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team fell to Canada, 3-2, in overtime of the gold-medal game at the Olympic Winter Games.
Team USA held an 11-9 shots advantage in a back-and-forth first period, but neither team was able to break through for the game’s first score until Duggan converted midway through the middle frame.
After a turnover in the neutral zone, Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) wheeled into the zone and tried to drive the puck towards the net, but it was knocked off her stick in the left circle. Duggan swooped in, retrieved the puck and fired a hard wrister through traffic over Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados’ glove.
Carpenter doubled the U.S. lead at 2:01 of the third stanza with a power-play marker. After gaining possession of the puck and setting up in the offensive zone, Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) threaded a pass from the far circle to Carpenter sitting on the backdoor. Carpenter one-timed the puck over the left leg of Szabados, off the pipe and in. Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio) tallied the second assist on the play.
Team Canada cut the U.S. lead to 2-1 at 16:34 of the period when Brianne Jenner slipped to the middle of the ice, shot a puck off an American defender and past Vetter. Marie-Phillip Poulin knotted the score with 55 seconds remaining in regulation before winning the game on a power play at 8:10 of the extra session.
The 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team won its third silver medal in Olympic competition and finished the 2014 Olympic Winter Games with a record of 3-0-1-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L).
Notes: The U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team has medaled in all five Olympic appearances (gold-1998, silver-2002, 2010 and 2014, bronze-2006) ... Defenseman Megan Bozek and forwards Amanda Kessel and Hilary Knight were voted to the All-Star Team, as selected by the media ... Kessel (3-3--6), Knight (3-3--6), Kendall Coyne (2-4--6) and Brianna Decker (2-4--6) tied for the team lead with six points apiece in the tournament.
Starting with the upcoming season, USA Hockey is launching a new online curriculum in our Officiating Education Program. In addition to the standard registration requirements, including application, open and closed book testing and attendance at a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar, every official must complete the online material prior to receiving their card and crest for 2014-15.
The online curriculum is designed to enhance educational experience with accurate and consistent officiating information. The online modules will be broken down into three categories. The first two requirements will include general and level-specific presentations. The third category will have elective courses from a variety of topics such as positioning, procedures, penalty criteria and the mental game. These electives will be level-specific and allow you to hone your officiating skills in areas you select.
The length of each presentation will vary depending on content and focus. The majority of the presentations will fall in the 5- to 10-minute range, followed by a short quiz reviewing the content. The entire online curriculum will take 3-5 hours to complete, depending on the level of the official. The in-person seminar each official will be required to attend will be abbreviated and designed to supplement the material presented in the online curriculum.
Instructions on accessing the online seminar will be sent to you upon receiving your USA Hockey application. The curriculum will be accessed through your USAHockey.com profile and can be completed at your leisure, meaning you can log out and log back in to pick up where you left off. Some presentations are designed to be viewed before attending the seminar as a means to improve the overall seminar experience. These will be highlighted for your consideration.
Officials will find this new system to be beneficial and it will make your overall USA Hockey experience a more valuable one. Let’s get the season off to a great start!