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.
Aug. 25, 2016 | Body-checking is a skill, not unlike skating, shooting and stickhandling, and it’s a critical skill to teach. Rhode Island Hockey recently gave it special emphasis with a free on-ice checking clinic open to all players in the 12U, 14U and 16U age classifications. Hosted at Schneider Arena with help from Providence College men’s hockey head coach Nate Leaman and Roger Grillo from USA Hockey, the two-hour clinic welcomed more than 100 players for station-based instruction in the fine art of giving and receiving a body check properly.
“Body contact is sometimes an under-taught skill, but there’s so much value in teaching it, both in terms of helping young players become more successful and also in terms of injury prevention,” said Grillo. “It was great to team up with the Rhode Island coaches and offer a learning opportunity that’ll pay dividends for these kids throughout their hockey careers.”
The event was so successful that Rhode Island Hockey will host a second session Sept. 8 at Boss Ice Arena on the University of Rhode Island campus in Kingston. Led by Kevin Sullivan, Rhode Island Hockey’s American Development Model director, the clinic will likely become an annual offering to enhance players’ skill and contact confidence, especially for 13-year-olds progressing into their first season of 14U hockey.
“The initial idea came from a parent asking if we offer any checking-specific training for players transitioning from 12U to 14U,” said Bob Larence, president of Rhode Island Hockey.
There’s a component of body-contact training that happens at every level, from cross-ice 8U to small-area battle drills for older players, but the idea of a body checking-specific teaching event for tweens and teens seemed a beneficial complement to that team-level training, so Rhody ran with it.
“We all thought it was a great idea, and ultimately, it became a great collaboration with Rhode Island Hockey, USA Hockey and the local colleges – Providence, URI and Brown,” said Larence.