US vs. Canada History: All-Time Head-to-Head Results In Olympic Gold Medal Games

Lena Tucker
February 21, 2018

With that comes pressure, but this group wouldn't have it any other way. Team Canada vs. Team USA in women's hockey is arguably the greatest rivalry in sports. The role-model factor is huge, especially in Canada with most on this year's roster having grown up idolizing the sport's pioneers. "This was really a gold medal preparation for us".

"I can say that once the North Korean players return home, I think I'll think of them often and have some regrets", said Korean forward Han Soojin.

Nearly to a player, Spooner's teammates have similar stories of having grown up watching stars such as Cassie Campbell, Danielle Goyette, Hayley Wickenheiser and others and having the opportunity to meet them.

"All the sacrifices our players and team have been making, it was worth it", Murray told reporters.

Memorable Knight: Usually high performing US forward Hilary Knight has one goal and Brianna Decker doesn't have any. It leaves an imprint growing up.

There will be no silver medal awarded. In the four years since that memorable meltdown in Sochi - blowing a 2-0 lead in the final four minutes of regulation and losing in overtime - the USA team has become perhaps hungrier than ever. "That's what it is", the 28-year-old forward said. "We've been working our whole life for this".

San Marcos junior Truett Newton has been impressed by Norway's performance as a country throughout the 2018 Winter Games.

Four years ago, that was Canada, finishing off what Jenner called the "fairy-tale ending", a ridiculous, nearly unthinkable comeback that pushed the American team right back into its recurring nightmare. "It's what we dream about since we were little girls".

"But once the puck is dropped you're on auto-pilot", Jenner added.

The Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation play Finland on Wednesday for bronze.

There have been suggestions that the Americans could have a motivational edge, but don't be so sure. It's the game you've been dreaming of. "There's no question that both teams want it as bad as possible".

By the conclusion of the competition, it was only the Shibutanis who found themselves on the podium after stunning performances by Canadian and French skaters. "There's no way you can go out there and do what we did if your foot's not on the gas".

The Americans are basing much of their confidence on out-shooting their rivals by a 45-23 margin in a preliminary-round game won 2-1 by Canada.

That they go at it with such regularity is one part statement on the worldwide lack of depth in the sport, but many parts more a reflection of the commitment the two neighboring nations have put into their national programs.

One thousand, four hundred, and sixty-three days. Hockey Canada quickly apologized although many Canadians supported the women. In that gold medal game, the American blew a late 2-0 lead and lost in overtime 3-2.

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