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A third-period goal by Peter Ceresnak gave Slovakia a shock 3-2 win over the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation on Wednesday as the gold medal favourites squandered a two-goal lead.

Team USA blew a 2-0 lead in a 3-2 overtime loss to Slovenia, while the Russian hockey team also failed to take advantage of a 2-0 lead, losing 3-2 to Slovakia in regulation.

Canada secured the top seeding in the knockout round of the women's Olympic Ice Hockey tournament on Thursday, taking down the USA 2-1 and pushing the Americans into second place.

"It was exciting to get my first, but it would have been much better to get a win tonight", said Greenway, one of four American college players in the United States team. Looks like Slovenia has a new hockey hero.

The U.S. had heavily outplayed Slovenia through the first 40 minutes and led 2-0 entering the third.

Next up, the USA faces Slovakia in the second preliminary-round matchup on Friday before taking on Athletes of Russian Federation on Saturday.

Fischer pulled Genoni early in the second, following Bourque's power-play goal through the netminder's legs and Wolski's marker 52 seconds later. "I think every game's going to be hard". Maybe not. Her goal against Japan took a few bounces before slowly skipping between goaltender Akane Konishi's pads. He went into the pre-Olympic tournament leading the league in wins (16-1), save percentage, goals against average and shutouts.

National Hockey League players were prohibited in participating in the Olympics this year, but for those hoping for another Miracle on Ice for Team USA, you were probably deflated after what you saw on Wednesday. If nothing else, this goal provided a feel-good moment.

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Since that dramatic victory, the USA hockey team has won silver in 2002 and 2010.

Many were wondering what kind of impact the NHL's decision not to send players to the Games would have on the Olympic tournament.

Slovenia captain Jan Mursak tied the game with under two minutes to go by tapping home a rebound and scored the victor less than a minute into sudden-death overtime. The Canadians led 2-0 after 7 1/2 minutes and made the Swiss pay when they went to the penalty box.

"We played a great first two periods, established everything that we wanted to do, controlling the game the way we wanted to", Gionta said.

It marked the first time since the 1994 Games that Canada iced a team that wasn't made up of NHLers.

Canada's next game is Saturday against the Czech Republic, which played South Korea in the other night game at the Gangneung Hockey Centre.

Most everyone expects a U.S. Actually, a preview for the main event. Canada may have won four straight Olympic gold medals, but the United States has claimed seven of the last eight world championships.

Captain Chris Kelly, a Stanley Cup victor with the Boston Bruins, says the team is ready to play. Though the US women are defending world champs, the Canadians bring a 22-game Olympic winning streak into the contest. The Americans won the first and Canada have claimed four in a row. Canada, meanwhile, has been they typical their juggernaut self, dominating opponents 9-1 and looking every part of the gold-medal favorites. Sweden has Rasmus Dahlin, consensus first pick in this June's NHL Draft, on defence.


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