Olympic Recap Day 9

Canadian men’s hockey team finishes preliminary play with win

The Canadian men’s hockey team rebounded with a 5-0 shutout over China in their final preliminary round game on Day 9 of the Olympics in Beijing to finish with a 2-1 record in the Group A standings.

With the record the Canadians, including Prince Albert’s Adam Cracknell, will face China again in the qualification match for the quarter-final on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 07:10 a.m. (SK time). The winner will advance to the quarter-finals from Group A.

In the Day 9 win, five different Canadians scored including Corban Knight, Erin O’Dell, Ben Street, Adam Tambellini and Kent Johnson. Matt Tomkins stopped all 26 shots he faced in the game for the Canadians.

For a full game recap, visit Olympic.ca

Hudey races in the long track 500-metres

Three-time Olympian Marsha Hudey from White City finished 21st in the women’s 500-metres in long track speed skating. She clocked in at a time of 38.79. She was the top Canadian of three to compete in the event.

Upcoming Saskatchewan competition

Saskatoon’s Emily Clark and the Canadian women’s hockey team will face Switzerland in the semifinals on Day 10. Game time for the Canada vs. Switzerland game is Sunday, Feb. 13 at 10:10 p.m. (SK time).

Regina’s Mark McMorris will compete in the snowboard big air qualification on Sunday, Feb. 13. The event begins at 11:30 p.m. (SK time).

Olympic notes: Read the full Day 9 recap on Olympic.ca… Canadian Steven Dubois won his second medal of the games with a bronze in the men’s 500-metre in long track speed skating… Canada’s medal count is now 14 (One gold, four silver, nine bronze).

Olympic Recap Day 8

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).

Olympic Recap Day 7

Fish finishes sixth in Olympic debut

Speed skater Graeme Fish made his Olympic debut in the men’s 10,000-metre event on Day 7 of the Beijing Winter Games, finishing sixth.

Fish, who hails from Moose Jaw, completed his race in a time of 12 minutes and 58.80 seconds, ahead of teammate Ted-Jan Bloemen who finished eighth with a time of 13:01.39.

The 10,000-metre was the lone event for Fish at the Olympics.

Clark scores as Canada trounces Sweden in quarter-finals

The Canadian women’s hockey team is off to the Olympic semifinals after shutting out Sweden 11-0 in the quarter-finals on Day 7.

While Brianne Jenner got Canada on the board early in the first period, scoring at three minutes and five seconds, it wasn’t until the final three minutes of the period that Canada took a commanding lead.

Starting at 17:05, Sarah Fillier scored back-to-back goals within 36 seconds of each other and Jamie Lee Rattray added a goal with 25 seconds left in the period to put Canada ahead 4-0.

Canada turned the heat up in the second period as five players found the back of the net all before the midway point of the period.

Natalie Spooner scored first followed by Erin Ambrose, Blayre Turnbull and Jenner. Saskatoon forward Emily Clark picked up the final goal of the period, scoring on the powerplay at 9:09 to give Canada the 9-0 lead heading into the last period.

The only goals of the third period belonged to Jenner and Fillier, helping both of them to notch hat tricks.

Between the pipes, Canada’s Emerance Maschmeyer recorded the shutout and her second win of the Games stopping all 11 shots faced.

As the remaining teams will be reseeded for the semifinals, Canada will have to wait for all the quarter-finals to finish before they find out their next opponent.

Weyburn official Alexandra Blair was also on the ice representing Saskatchewan and Canada as a linesperson.

Upcoming Saskatchewan competition

Prince Albert forward Adam Cracknell and the Canadian men’s hockey team will be back in action on Day 8, taking on the United States in their second game of preliminary-round action. Puck drops at 10:10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11 (SK time).

Olympic notes: Read the full Day 7 recap on Olympic.ca…Canada remains at 12 medals (One gold, four silver and seven bronze).

Olympic Recap Day 6

Canadian men’s hockey team opens Olympics with victory over Germany

A solid offensive and defensive performance on Day 6 of the Winter Olympics in Beijing led to the Canadian men’s hockey team capturing a 5-1 win against Germany in their first matchup of the preliminary round.

Canada took control of the scoreboard early in game, scoring three straight goals in the opening 10 minutes and 19 seconds of the first period starting with Alex Grant at 4:43. He was followed by goals from Ben Street and Daniel Winnik to put the Canadians up 3-0 at the first intermission.

Prince Albert’s Adam Cracknell assisted on Winnik’s goal.

Tobias Rieder scored midway through the second period to bring Germany within two, but Canada’s Maxim Noreau answered with a powerplay goal at 12:58 to put his team back up by three heading into the final frame.

Jordan Weal —a former player with the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats— scored the lone goal for either team in the third period, helping secure Canada’s 5-1 victory.

Canadian goaltender Edward Pasquale stopped 23 of 24 shots during the game, while Germany’s Mathias Niederberger went 22 for 27.

Up next for Team Canada in the preliminary round is a game against the United States on Day 8. Puck drop is scheduled for Saturday at 10:10 p.m. (SK time).

Upcoming Saskatchewan competition

Moose Jaw long track speed skater Graeme Fish will make his Olympic debut on Day 7 in the men’s 10,000-metre event. Races start at 2 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 11.

A little later that morning at 7:10 a.m. (SK time), Saskatoon forward Emily Clark and the Canadian women’s hockey team take on Sweden in the quarter-finals.

Olympic Notes: Read the full Day 6 recap on Olympic.ca…Long track speedskater Isabelle Weidemann captured her second medal of the Games, a silver in the women’s 5000-metre event…Eliot Grondin won silver in the men’s snowboard cross…Jack Crawford claimed bronze in men’s alpine skiing combined…the mixed freestyle aerials skiing team, including Marion Thenault, Miha Fontaine and Lewis Irving won bronze…Canada’s medal count is now 12 (One gold, four silver, seven bronze).

Olympic Recap Day 5

Sask. athletes competition upcoming 

With no competition for Saskatchewan athletes on Day 5 of the Beijing Winter Olympics, two will be making their Olympic debuts on Day 6 and 7. 

Prince Albert’s Adam Cracknell and the Canadian men’s hockey team will face off against Germany on Day 6, scheduled for Thursday at 7:10 a.m. (SK time). Then, on Day 7, Moose Jaw’s Graeme Fish will take to the ice in long track speed skating.  His 10,000-metre event is scheduled for Friday at 2 a.m. (SK time). 

Coach Todd McClements and physiotherapist Mark Jesney, both from Saskatoon, will be representing Team Canada alongside Fish at the long track. 

Also on Day 7 Saskatoon’s Emily Clark and women’s hockey will meet Sweden in the first quarter-finals. Puck drop scheduled for Friday at 7:10 a.m. (SK time). 

Olympic Notes: Read the full recap of Day 5 at olympic.ca…Canada’s medal count is now eight (one gold, two silver and five bronze) after a bronze medal win in snowboard cross and silver medal in short track speed skating.

Olympic Recap Day 4

Canada takes Group A with win over United States

Team Canada managed the sustained pressure put on by the United States to come out on top with a 4-2 victory in their final round robin game on Day 4 of the Olympic Games in Beijing. 

The two teams, who met multiple times ahead of the Games as part of a Friendly Series, both entered the game with undefeated 3-0 records. Brianne Jenner got things started for Canada, taking advantage of a cross-checking penalty by American Caroline Harvey to score on the power play and put Canada up 1-0 14 minutes and ten seconds into the first period.

The United States’ Dani Cameranesi tied it up at 9:17 into the second period. Alex Carpenter then gave the red, white and blue the 2-1 advantage at 11:34, scoring in the final seconds of a powerplay brought on by a boarding penalty called against Saskatoon’s Emily Clark.

Canada quickly answered back with a pair of their own goals as Jenner recorded her second of the game with eight minutes to go in the period and Jamie Lee Rattray scored at 14:25 to retake the one-goal lead 3-2 for the red and white.

Late in the second period, with the United States on a powerplay, Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin had a short-handed breakaway, but she was interfered with, leading to a penalty shot. Poulin capitalized, putting Canada up 4-2 heading into to the final period.

Despite outshooting Canada 21-6 in the third period and having two powerplay chances, the Americans couldn’t find the back of the net and the Canadians secured the win.

Team Canada goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens made 51 saves on 53 shots, while her American counterpart Maddie Rooney went 23 for 27.

Canada finishes the round robin undefeated with a 4-0 record and atop the Pool A. Up next will be quarter-final game against Sweden on Day 7 with puck drop scheduled for Friday, Feb. 11 at 7:10 a.m. Sask time.

Clark returned to the Team Canada bench after sitting out the game against R.O.C. due to a COVID-19 protocols and was joined by referee Cianna Lieffers, who also hails from Saskatoon.

Lieffers had a moment in the spotlight during the game after American Amanda Kessel’s stick hit her in the face and cut her just above the lip. Lieffers temporarily left the game to receive medical attention, but returned to finish the game.

 Read the full game recap at hockeycanada.ca.

Olympic Notes: Read the full recap of Day 4 at olympic.ca…Canada remains at six medals (One gold, one silver and four bronze).

Olympic Recap Day 3

McMorris captures third Olympic bronze in snowboard slopestyle

It was a return trip to the Olympic podium for Regina snowboarder Mark McMorris after finishing third in the men’s slopestyle event with a score of 88.53 points.

The finish continues McMorris’ bronze-medal streak. He previously won bronze at the 2014 Games in Sochi and the 2018 Games in PyeongChang.

McMorris entered Day 3’s final runs with the second-highest score of 83.30 following the qualification round.

All three of McMorris’ runs were clean, but it wasn’t until his final run that he secured a place on the podium, laying down a Backside triple cork 1620 to move into third.

“That was a nerve-wracking moment right there,” McMorris said in a Canada Snowboard release. “I went backside 1620 on the last one and the landing was quite shaded so I was just like, ‘Oh, I hope I am where I think I am’ and landed quite clean and was just thrilled. I felt so relieved to land that run. I thought I would’ve landed second or first, but hey, I’m on the podium and I wasn’t after my first two runs, so it feels amazing.”

Coming in ahead of McMorris was fellow Canadian Max Parrot, who scored a 90.96 on his second run to stake a claim on the No. 1 spot and couldn’t be unseated leading to a gold-medal finish. China’s Su Yiming took silver with a score of 88.70.

Sebastien Toutant, the third Canadian to qualify for finals, finished in ninth place with a score of 54 points.

McMorris will get another shot at the podium later in the Games when he competes in the big air event, beginning with the qualification runs on Day 10.

Canadian women’s hockey team improves to 3-0

While the start of the Canadian women’s hockey game against the Russian Olympic Committee was delayed, Team Canada wasted no time getting on the board once they hit the ice.

Just two minutes and nine seconds into the game, Sarah Nurse scored and was followed 20 seconds later by Sarah Fillier to put the Canadians up 2-0 in the first period.

The red and white increased their lead to 4-0 just past the midway point of the second period thanks to goals from Jamie Lee Rattray and Erin Ambrose.

The ROC’s Anna Shokhina made history for her team with under three minutes left to play in the second, as she found the back of the Canadian net and recorded Russia’s first-ever Olympic goal against Canada.

A pair of powerplay goals by Rebecca Johnston and Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin in the third period made the final score 6-1 and improved Canada’s record to 3-0.

Saskatoon forward Emily Clark didn’t play in the game.

Up next, it will be a battle of the undefeated teams as Canada faces the 3-0 United States in their final preliminary round game.

That game is scheduled for Day 4 of the Games, starting Feb. 7 at 10:10 p.m. (SK time).

Read the full game recap at hockeycanada.ca.

Olympic Notes: Read the full Day 3 recap at Olympic.ca…Along with the two medals in men’s snowboard slopestyle Kim Boutin won bronze in the women’s short track speedskating 500-metre event and Canadian ski jumpers Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes, Matthew Soukup, Alexandria Loutitt and Abigail Strate won bronze in the inaugural mixed team event…Canada’s medal count is six: One gold, one silver and four bronze.

Olympic Recap Day 2

McMorris advances to slopestyle final

Regina snowboarder Mark McMorris advanced to the Winter Olympics slopestyle final after posting the second-highest score with an 83.30 in qualification.   

The 2018 Olympic bronze medallist in the sport was one of three Canadians to advance including Sebastien Toutant (71.06, seventh) and Max Parrot (70.11, 10th) after the two qualification runs.

“To be given a berth into tomorrow’s final and at least have a shot at a medal, that’s the most important,” McMorris told reporters after the qualification.

The three Canadians will compete for Olympic gold on Day 3, Sunday, Feb. 6, beginning at 10:10 p.m. (SK time). It is the third straight Olympics Canadian has three or more athletes in the final of the event.

Saskatoon’s Emily Clark and the Canadian women’s hockey will play its third round robin game of the tournament in a meeting with the Russian Olympic Committee at 10:10 p.m. (SK time)

Olympic Notes: Canada finished off the podium in women’s moguls, women’s slopestyle snowboard, men’s 5,000-metre long track speed skating, luge and skiathlon… Strong winds forced the delay of the men’s downhill event into Day 3… Mixed curlers John Morris and Rachel Homan will play a final round robin game on Day 3. A win would advance the duo to the semifinals… Canada’s medal count is 2 (0 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze)

Olympics Recap Day 1

Another double-digit victory for Canadian women’s hockey team

Saskatoon forward Emily Clark recorded one assist as the Canadian women’s hockey team routed Finland 11-1 in their second preliminary game of the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Sarah Fillier got Canada on the board quickly, scoring just one minute and one second into the opening period and was followed by a goal from Sarah Nurse at 12:45 to put the red and white ahead 2-0.

With just under a minute-and-a-half left in the first period, Minnamari Tuominen scored for the Finns to make the score 2-1 at the break.

It was all Canada after that.

Fillier added her second goal of the game early into the second period and then between 10:01 and 16:35, Nurse and Laura Stacey added singles, while Brianne Jenner scored back-to-back, giving the Canadians a 7-1 lead heading into the final period.

A new goalie for Finland in the third period did little to stop the Canadian scoring streak as both Nurse and Jenner recorded hat-trick goals —Clark assisted on Jenner’s third— while Stacey added her second and Jamie Lee Rattray picked up her first of the game.

Canadian goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens stopped 28 of 29 shots faced in the game. Meanwhile, Finnish starter Meeri Raisanen made 28 saves on 35 shots before she was replaced by Ani Keisala, who went nine for 13.

Canada will next face the Russian Olympic Committee in their third preliminary game. Puck drops on Sunday, Feb. 6 at 10:10 p.m. (SK time).

Read the full game story hockeycanada.ca.

Olympic Notes: Read the full Day 1 recap on olympic.ca…Canada earned its first medals of the Games on Day 1, as speedskating’s Isabelle Weidemann captured bronze in the women’s 3000-metre event with a time of 3:58.64 seconds and Mikael Kingsbury recorded a score of 82.18 points in men’s moguls to secure silver…Regina snowboarder Mark McMorris will get his first taste of Games’ action on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 10:30 p.m. (SK time) with the men’s slopestyle qualification round…Canada’s medal count is 2 (0 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze)

Opening Ceremonies

Canada at the Opening Ceremonies

Around 90 Canadian athletes marched in the opening ceremony for the Beijing Winter Olympics.

At the opening ceremony, the Canadians were led by flag bearers Marie-Philip Poulin from women’s hockey and short track speed skater Charles Hamelin.

For a full recap of the Opening Ceremony, visit olympic.ca.

On Day 1 of competition (February 4 overnight in Saskatchewan), Saskatoon’s Emily Clark and the Canadian hockey team will meet Finland in their second round robin game at 10:10 p.m. (SK time).

Olympic Notes: The Canadian Mixed Curling Team of John Morris and Rachel Homan is 3-1 after wins over Switzerland and China… The Canadian Figure Skating Team sits in sixth after the short program in the team competition…