The U.S. Women’s National Team lost in heartbreaking fashion Wednesday night in Lake Placid. The United States and Canada were tied with only 3:30 left in the game when Natalie Spooner scored on a 5 on 3 power play. Canada would score an empty net goal to seal the deal in the last 12 seconds of the game.
“We give them more respect than we would like at times, and then it swirls into a game of hesitation for us and we have absolutely no reason to hesitate,” said head coach Katey Stone, “We’re a team that should go, and as soon as we all get on that same page, we’ll be in good shape.”
The tone after the game was disappointment about the loss along with a hope to bounce back in their next match against Finland.
“Our game is pressure and speed with the puck, and we weren’t able to do that consistently until the third period,” said Stone. “The last thing we want to do is come out dejected, because we played hard and we will find a way to build off this game.”
The United States is now 1-1-0-0 in the tournament, with a total of 3 points in the competition for a spot in the championship game. Canada commands 6 points with a 2-0-0-0 record but Team USA, thanks to their performance against Sweden, dominates the goal differential category. USA will face Finland, with whom they are tied in the standings at 3 points, on Friday at 7:00.
Canada has clinched their spot in Saturday’s championship game, as either the United States or Finland could only tie them with a regulation win. All eyes will be on the U.S.-Finland game to see who will join Canada in the race for the Four Nations Cup.
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