“On one hand it’s like every other hockey event,” Canadian ahead Brianne Jenner stated, “and on the opposite, it’s our Stanley Cup.” That’s, if the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens performed one another within the Stanley Cup finals yearly.
To say the 2014 loss to the Canadians has elicited sturdy feelings from the American girls is placing it mildly.
“It’s like having a foul relationship and it going bitter. That’s what it’s, proper?,” stated Hilary Knight, a ahead for america. “It’s all the time going to be there. It’s a every day a part of your cloth. On the identical time, it motivated me tremendously.”
The USA gained the primary girls’s hockey gold medal in 1998, and Canada has gained each one since then. The international locations have confronted one another in all however one gold medal sport — 2006 was the lone exception, when america fell to Sweden within the semifinals. They’ve performed one another in all 20 world championship finals. The USA has gained the final 4.
Right here on the Olympics, excluding their group-stage sport in opposition to one another, america and Canada have outscored opponents by 27-2, mixed.
“A battle for the ages, as ordinary,” Jenner stated. “It’s among the best rivalries in hockey. Not way more you may say.”
The groups confronted one another 5 occasions in a fall tournament and a tour to arrange for the Olympics, with Canada profitable three. Canada gained in group play right here, 2-1, although the American girl took some solace in outshooting the Canadians, 45-23.
Requested what america wanted to do to show the rating round within the gold medal sport, Kessel acknowledged the plain. “Bury our possibilities,” she stated. “If we come and play like that once more, I really feel actually good about our possibilities.”
The USA group comes into the sport attempting to benefit from a new style that emphasizes puck possession and crisscrossing the ice till a seam opens, permitting a participant to slice by means of the protection and assault the purpose. The Canadians have a extra conventional method, through which they attempt to get the puck into the opponent’s finish and hold it there. They’re sturdy, quick and expert.
“Everybody’s plans are falling into place,” stated Laura Schuler, the Canadian coach, who performed in opposition to america in 1998 for the gold medal. “You could have two nice opponents on the finish. It’s superior.”
For the Individuals, it will likely be superior provided that this sport goes the best way that 1998 sport did.
“That’s all the time been our dream, to comply with up the 1998 Olympic group; they’ve been our leaders and our nice function fashions,” goaltender Maddie Rooney stated. “It will imply all the pieces for us.”