SOCHI, Russia – The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team lost to Finland, 5-0, in the bronze-medal game of the Olympic Winter Games. Prior to Finland’s three-goal third period, Team USA was unable to capitalize on a pair of penalty shots in the first 40 minutes.
At 13:40 of the first period, Team USA was awarded a penalty shot when a Finn swatted a broken stick at a U.S. player. On the ensuing chance, Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./Chicago Blackhawks) aimed too far right on his backhand. Minutes later, Max Pacioretty (New Canaan, Conn./Montreal Canadiens) shot wide after gaining a step on the Finland defense.
Finland surged ahead 2-0 with goals 11 seconds apart early in the second period. At 1:27, Teemu Selanne fired a backhander from the left circle inside the near post. Then on a two-on-two rush, Jussi Jokinen scored on a one-timer.
Kane got his second penalty shot of the game at 13:36 after being slashed on a breakaway. His forehand shot beat Tuuka Rask only to clang off the right post and out.
Finland sealed its victory with third period power-play goals at 6:10, 9:06 and 13:09. Jusso Hietanen tallied first, followed by Selanne and Olli Maata.
Jonathan Quick (Milford, Conn./Los Angeles Kings) made 22 saves, while Rask had 27 stops for Finland.
Team USA completed the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in fourth place with a 3-1-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record.
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.