(Photo by USA Hockey)

Las Vegas–Tonight the much anticipated battle in the Winter Olympics Women’s Hockey Tournament took place between the United States and Canada.

The last time these two powerhouses met in the Winter Olympics was back in 2014 in Sochi Russia where Team Canada took the Gold Medal with a 3-2 overtime win.

Marie-Philip Poulin of Canada was the hero as she scored the game tying goal in the late stages of regulation play and the game winning goal in the overtime frame at the 8:10 mark in that matchup in Sochi.

In the early stages of the contest USA’s Hilary Knight had a very good scoring chance on Genevieve Lacasse but the Canadian netminder made a routine save keeping it a 0-0 score.

Later in the period, the Canadians had a little push back of their own with Meghan Agosta but much like Lacasse was on the other end of the ice in keeping the puck out of the net, Maddie Rooney was up to task with a key save that kept it deadlocked at zero.

On their 2nd power play opportunity of the game Team Canada found the scoresheet first as Agosta beat Rooney glove side with her wrist shot from the low slot.

Natalie Spooner set her up with back hand pass for her 2nd goal of the tournament at the 7:18 mark of the middle period.

Canada extended their lead over the American’s at the 14:56 mark of the period when Sarah Nurse, cousin of Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse beat Rooney over the right shoulder with her wrist shot for a 2-0 lead.

Sarah recorded his first goal of the tournament.

Later in the period, Team USA had a prime opportunity to cut into Team Canada’s lead when Haley Irwin was called for a covering the puck infraction.

Team USA elected to go with forward Jocelyne Lamouruex-Davidson as their shooter against Canada’s Lacasse. Lamouruex-Davidson had Lacasse beat at the net but her backhander attempt went high a wide and score remained 2-0 Canada.

For the Canadians they held a 2:1 shot advantage on the American’s at 32-16 into the 3rd period of the game.

On the opening shift of the 3rd period for Team USA, the American’s went to work on the Canadians as it was Brianna Decker setting up Kendall Coyne.

Coyne took the pass from Decker and split the Canadian defense and scored five hole on Lacasse ending her shutout bid of the game on Team USA’s 17th shot that made it a 2-1 hockey game. Coyne tallied her second of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

In the final period of the game the American’s couldn’t capitalize on their two power play opportunities as Team Canada would come away with this one by a 2-1 final.

At the end of the day the American’s fired 45 shots on Lacasse as she made 44 saves for Canada’s third victory in the tournament.

This matchup between the two hockey powerhouses could get another shot in the gold medal game later in the Winter Olympics.

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