Canadian men’s hockey team drops to 1-1
A 4-2 loss to the United States in their second preliminary round game on Day 8 of the Olympics in Beijing has dropped the Canadian men’s hockey team, including Prince Albert’s Adam Cracknell, to a 1-1 record in the Group A standings.
Canada got on the board first with a goal for Mat Robinson only one minute and 24 seconds into the game, but the Americans answered a minute later with a goal from Andy Miele to tie the game.
Ben Meyers added another goal for the United States in the final minutes of the first period, giving his team a 2-1 lead they wouldn’t relinquish for the remainder of the game.
Both teams scored in the second period, with Brendan Brisson picking up one for the United States at 2:37 and Corban Knight recording a short-handed goal at 14:13 for the Canadian to make the score 3-2 heading into the third.
Kenny Agostino created some breathing room for the United States when he scored at 6:13 in the final period put the Americans up by two.
The Canadians worked hard to even the score in the game’s remaining time, but despite outshooting the Americans 17-5 in the period, having two powerplay chances and pulling goaltender Edward Pasquale for the final two-and-a-half minutes, they just weren’t able to get the puck in the net.
Pasquale made 23 saves on 27 shots in the loss, while Strauss Mann stopped 35 of the 37 shots he faced in net for the Americans.
Coming up on Day 9, Team Canada will play in their final game of the preliminary round when they take on China. Puck drop is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 13 at 7:10 a.m. (SK time).
Canadian women’s hockey team to face Swiss in semis
Saskatoon’s Emily Clark and the Canadian women’s hockey team will face Switzerland in the semifinals on Day 10.
Switzerland, who lost to Canada 12-1 in preliminary round action, defeated the Russian Olympic Committee 4-2 in their quarter-final game to advance.
In the other semifinal, the United States will take on Finland.
Game time for the Canada vs. Switzerland game is Sunday, Feb. 13 at 10:10 p.m. (SK time).
Upcoming Saskatchewan competition
Three-time Olympian Marsha Hudey of White City will compete in her lone event at this year’s Games, the women’s long track speed skating 500-metre, on Day 9. Races start on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 7:56 a.m. (SK time).
Olympic notes: Read the full Day 8 recap on Olympic.ca…Canadian pair Eliot Grondin and Meryeta O’Dine captured bronze in the mixed team snowboard cross event…Canada’s medal count is now 13 (One gold, four silver, eight bronze).