The United States couldn’t manage to scratch a goal against Canada’s goaltender Carey Price who made a couple of big saves to keep them off of the board. Price would go a perfect 31-of-31 on saves while his team’s defense would help keep the US out of the zone as well. After a pretty much even first period that would go scoreless, Canada out-shot the US 16-11 as both teams would go 0-for-1 on the power-play.
The second period however would determine the outcome of the game as Jamie Benn would shoot one just out of the reach for United States goaltender Jonathan Quick for the 1-0 Canada lead. Jay Bouwmeester would set up the play with a nice pass to Benn as he picked up the assist. From that point on, Team Canada played a conservative, aggressive defense in which the United States couldn’t surpass.
Jonathan Quick did however stop 35-of-36 shots, but Team Canada’s fire-power was too much for the United States. Just like in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, both Canada’s men’s and women’s hockey teams came away with the victories as both teams this year would lose by one goal.
Canada will be taking on Sweden in the gold medal game while the United States will have to settle for the bronze medal match-up with Finland. Sweden would defeat Finland earlier this morning by the final score of 2-1 as Erik Karlsson would score the eventual game-winning power-play goal to send them on to the gold medal round.
The United States had their chances in the game but they just couldn’t convert. The team would go on the power-play three times only to come up short, going 0-for-3.
The United States Men’s Hockey Team will take on Finland tomorrow morning for the bronze medal and is scheduled for 10:00 AM ET, 8:00 AM MT.