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Things get chippy in US-Canada hockey game involving 10 Wisconsin athletes

Things get chippy in US-Canada hockey game involving 10 Wisconsin athletes

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

Highly competitive, super intense and wildly entertaining to watch as a spectator.

With that win, Team Canada has outscored their opponents 9-1 in these games.

This was just the appetizer, too. The game didn't impact the team's standing, as the United States will play in the semifinals on February 19, but pride was certainly on the minds of the two rivals.

"We had a lot of shots", Coyne said.

The pace was back-and-forth fast.

While there's no body checking allowed in women's hockey, United States vs.

That "special" thing presents itself both on and off the ice.

In fact, it's nearly exactly 20 years to the day since they last lost at the Games - the gold-medal game on February 17, 1998 in Nagano, a 3-1 victory for the Americans in the first-ever women's Olympic women's hockey championship.

Which of those was the motivating factor became apparent quickly Wednesday, a 2-1 win for Canada to earn to top seed in the tournament bracket.

Their last meeting in Olympic competition ended with a gut-punch to the Americans.

Canada's three goalies, who have each played one game, have amassed the tournament's top save percentage, stopping 97.67 percent of shots against them.

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The U.S. brought its new-look, speed-and-creativity-based game to PyeongChang, but it hasn't done much in the way of goals recently.

Settled in after arriving from Latvia in time for the opening ceremonies, Team Canada took care of a final piece of important business last week when head coach Willie Desjardins officially named veteran center Chris Kelly as team captain.

"It's always a battle, especially playing the U.S.", Agosta said.

"Yeah, we're not anxious about it", said Stauber after watching his team absorb a fifth straight loss to Canada.

Fans or no fans Canada got their bid for a third consecutive gold off to an inspired start with Rene Bourque redirecting Chris Lee's shot from the blueline past Leonardo Genoni to open the scoring and Maxim Noreau adding a powerplay tally for a 2-0 first period lead. On the first goal, Natalie Spooner feathered a flawless setup to Meghan Agosta in front of US goalie Maddie Rooney.

Poulin's goal, which made it 2-0 at 17:11 of the first, needed a video review for confirmation after the referee waved it off.

"I just kept my eye on the puck", said Lacasse.

Agosta buried a point-blank shot from the slot on a power play after Natalie Spooner fed her with a perfectly placed no-look backhanded assist through American defenders.

The Americans had a chance to cut the deficit in half late in the period after players from both teams dogpiled in front of Canada's net on a scoring attempt.

A penalty shot, a couple pucks off the post, two disallowed goals, a frantic finish and a post-game scrum in the crease. Kendall Coyne grabbed a loose puck at center ice, turned on her jets and beat Lacasse five-hole 23 seconds into the period to give her team new life. "I got shoved into the net", Lacasse said.

Lacasse stopped Hilary Knight at the post inside the final 90 seconds.