USA vs. Canada hockey live stream: How to watch Olympic gold medal game, start time, rivalry history

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For the sixth time in seven tournaments, the gold medal women’s hockey game at the 2022 Winter Olympics will feature the USA vs Canada.

Ahead of tonight’s game (11:05pm ET on NBC), here is info on how to watch, a preview of what to expect, the history of the United States-Canada rivalry, and a recap of how both teams reached the final.

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What time is the women’s hockey gold medal game?

The women’s hockey gold medal game at the 2022 Winter Olympics is tonight (Wednesday night) at 11:05pm ET (12:05pm on Thursday in Beijing).

How to watch the USA vs Canada Olympic hockey final:

The USA vs. Canada women’s hockey gold medal game will air live on NBC in the United States. You can also live stream the game via Peacock or NBCOlympics.com.

Once the game gets underway, On Her Turf will be providing live updates here.

What are hockey overtime rules in the Olympic gold medal game?

Not a bad question to be prepared to answer given that the last four USA vs. Canada finals at the Olympics and world championships went to overtime, including the U.S. team’s 2018 Olympic shootout victory.

That said, there will be no shootout during tonight’s Olympic gold medal game – if only because IIHF rules have changed in the last four years.

If the Olympic gold medal game is tied at the end of the third period, the teams will play a three-on-three (three players, one goalie) 20-minute “sudden victory” overtime period. If the score remains tied at the end of the first overtime period, another 20-minute “sudden victory” overtime period will follow using the same three-on-three format. So on and so forth, until one team scores.

How the U.S. and Canada women’s hockey teams reached the Olympic final:

While the U.S. women’s hockey team enters the Olympic gold medal game as the defending champion, Canada is the favorite for gold thanks to the team’s performance in Beijing.

The Canadians blazed their way through the Olympic tournament, going 4-0 in group play (including a 4-2 win against the United States), before defeating Sweden 11-0 in the quarterfinal round and Switzerland 10-3 in the semifinal round. In total, Canada has outscored its opponents in Beijing by a combined 54-8.

The U.S. had its first major on-ice challenge of the tournament just 10 minutes into the first game when U.S. alternate captain Brianna Decker suffered a tournament-ending injury. The U.S. went on to record a 3-1 record in group play. In addition to losing to Canada, the U.S. also recorded smaller margins of victory than the Canadians against nearly every group game opponent. To reach the gold medal game, the Americans defeated the Czech Republic in a surprisingly close 4-1 win, followed by a 4-1 victory over Finland.

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Leading into the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Canada won four of six pre-Olympic meetings in the abbreviated “My Why” tour, plus that 4-2 win in group play.

None of that matters in the gold medal game, though. History reflects that too:

Where does the USA vs Canada women’s hockey rivalry stand?

Since the first official women’s world championship in 1990 – and the inaugural Olympic tournament in 1998 – the United States and Canada have combined to win every women’s hockey title.

“It’s the most beautiful rivalry in sport,” said Hilary Knight. “It gets the best and the worst out of both of us at the same time.”

“I think it’s pretty unmatched,” said Canada’s Sarah Nurse. “Our history goes back to 1998 and that is some of the longest-running history of a rivalry.”

All but two finals (2006 Olympics, 2019 World Championships) came down the United States and Canada in the gold medal game. The Americans will enter Beijing as the defending Olympic champions, while Canada won the most recent world title last August.

Below is a summary of this storied rivalry. Olympic finals are in bold, while non-USA-vs-CAN finals are italicized.

USA vs Canada Rivalry History – Olympic and World Championship History (Finals only)

Year Event Winner and Score
1990 World Championship Canada, 5-2
1992 World Championship Canada, 8-0
1994 World Championship Canada, 6-3
1997 World Championship Canada, 4-3 (OT)
1998 Nagano Winter Olympics USA, 3-1
1999 World Championship Canada, 3-1
2000 World Championship Canada, 3-2 (OT)
2001 World Championship Canada, 3-2
2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics Canada, 3-2
2003 World Championship Cancelled due to SARS
2004 World Championship Canada, 2-0
2005 World Championship USA, 1-0 (SO)
2006 Torino Winter Olympics Canada defeated Sweden, 4-1
2007 World Championship Canada, 5-1
2008 World Championship USA, 4-3
2009 World Championship USA, 4-1
2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Canada, 2-0
2011 World Championship USA, 3-2 (OT)
2012 World Championship Canada, 5-4 (OT)
2013 World Championship USA, 3-2
2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Canada, 3-2 (OT)
2015 World Championship USA, 7-5
2016 World Championship USA, 1-0 (OT)
2017 World Championship USA, 3-2 (OT)
2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics USA, 3-2 (SO)
2019 World Championship United States defeated Finland, 2-1 (SO)
2020 World Championship Cancelled due to Covid-19
2021 World Championship Canada, 3-2 (OT)

United States (USA) Women’s Hockey Team: 2022 Roster and History

  • Head Coach: Joel Johnson; Assistant coaches: Courtney Kennedy, Brian Pothier, Steve Thompson
  • Best Olympic finish: Gold (1998, 2018)
  • Number of returning Olympians: 15 (including 13 from 2018)
  • Number of rising/current college players: 5 (Cayla Barnes, Jesse Compher, Grace Zumwinkle, Abbey Murphy, Caroline Harvey). Harvey, the youngest member of the team, deferred her freshman year at the University of Wisconsin to train with Team USA in 2021-22
  • Youngest player on the team: Caroline Harvey (age 19)
  • Oldest player on the team: Hilary Knight (age 32)
No. Position Player
2 D Lee Stecklein
3 D Cayla Barnes
4 D Caroline Harvey
5 D Megan Keller
9 D Megan Bozek
11 F Abby Roque
12 F Kelly Pannek
13 F Grace Zumwinkle
14 F Brianna Decker (injured)
15 D Savannah Harmon
16 F Hayley Scamurra
18 F Jesse Compher
19 D Jincy Dunne
20 F Hannah Brandt
21 F Hilary Knight
24 F Dani Cameranesi
25 F Alex Carpenter
26 F Kendall Coyne Schofield – Captain
28 F Amanda Kessel
29 G Nicole Hensley
33 G Alex Cavallini (nee Rigsby)
35 G Maddie Rooney
37 F Abbey Murphy

Canada (CAN) Women’s Hockey Team: 2022 Roster and Olympic History

  • Head coach: Troy Ryan; Assistant coaches: Doug Derraugh, Kori Cheverie, Ali Domenico
  • Best Olympic finish: Gold (2002, 2004, 2010, 2014)
  • Number of returning Olympians: 13
  • Current college players: 3 (Sarah Fillier, Emma Maltais, Ashton Bell)
  • Youngest player: Sarah Fillier (age 21)
  • Oldest player: Jocelyne Larocque (age 33)
No. Position Player
3 D Jocelyne Larocque
6 F Rebecca Johnston
7 F Laura Stacey
10 F Sarah Fillier
11 F Jillian Saulnier
14 D Renata Fast
15 F Mélodie Daoust
17 D Ella Shelton
19 F Brianne Jenner – A
20 F Sarah Nurse
21 D Ashton Bell
23 D Erin Ambrose
24 F Natalie Spooner
26 F Emily Clark
27 F Emma Maltais
28 D Micah Zandee-Hart
29 F Marie-Philip Poulin – Captain
35 G Ann-Renée Desbiens
38 G Emerance Maschmeyer
40 F Blayre Turnbull – A
42 D Claire Thompson
47 F Jamie Lee Rattray
50 G Kristen Campbell

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Crystal Dunn returns to USWNT roster five months after giving birth

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Crystal Dunn was named to the USWNT roster for two upcoming friendlies against England and Spain, marking her first official selection since giving birth to son Marcel in May.

Dunn made her NWSL return with the Portland Thorns earlier this month and also trained with the U.S. team as a non-rostered player ahead of friendlies vs. Nigeria.

In addition to Dunn, the 24-player roster features a veteran core of Alyssa Naeher, Becky Sauerbrunn, Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan, Mallory Pugh, and Megan Rapinoe.

Alex Morgan was not named to the USWNT roster due to a knee injury. While U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski did not provide details of the injury, he noted that “if this was a World Cup final, Alex was going to be on this trip and was going to play, no question.”

Other roster highlights include 17-year-old Alyssa Thompson, who becomes the first player born in 2004 to receive a USWNT call-up. Thomas, a high senior, plays club soccer for the U-17 Total Futbol Academy boys’ team.

“We are very excited for her, very excited about her potential and qualities and looking forward to seeing how she will turn out in our environment,” Andonovski said of Thompson. “This camp is not make it or break it. It’s a first experience for her, it’s just something that she shouldn’t even worry about.”

The USWNT also includes a handful of players who have made their USWNT breakthrough this season — thanks in part to both strong NWSL play and injuries to more veteran players. That list includes the likes of Naomi Girma (7 caps), Taylor Kornieck (5 caps), Hailie Mace (5 caps), Sam Coffey (1 cap), and Savannah DeMelo (0 caps).

Andonovski on Thursday called Coffey, a midfielder for the Portland Thorns, a candidate for NWSL MVP.


USWNT Roster for October 2022 Friendlies vs. England and Spain

Goalkeepers (3):

  • Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit)
  • Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage)
  • Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

Defenders(7):

  • Alana Cook (OL Reign)
  • Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC)
  • Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC)
  • Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC)
  • Sofia Huerta (OL Reign)
  • Hailie Mace (Kansas City Current)
  • Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC)

Midfielders (8):

  • Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC)
  • Savannah DeMelo (Racing Louisville FC)
  • Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyon, FRA)
  • Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Wave FC)
  • Rose Lavelle (OL Reign)
  • Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC)
  • Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit)
  • Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)

Forwards (6):

  • Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit)
  • Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars)
  • Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign)
  • Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit)
  • Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC)
  • Alyssa Thompson (Total Futbol Academy)

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Justine Wong-Orantes’ atypical path to becoming one of the best liberos in the world

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It’s been 20 years since the same nation held both the Olympic and world volleyball titles at the same time, but libero Justine Wong-Orantes is looking to help lead Team USA accomplish that very feat at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships in the Netherlands and Poland. Competition began on Friday and the U.S. is currently 2-0 after group play wins against Kazakhstan and Canada.

“We’re trying to win, for sure,” Wong-Orantes told On Her Turf. “I think, especially with the new turn of the program and the new year of the quad, we just have a really nice blend of veterans and also newcomers on the team.”

The 14-woman roster for Team USA, which is ranked No. 1 in the world and won its first Olympic title last summer, features six players from that gold-medal-winning team. And while Wong-Orantes is among the 2021 U.S. Olympic team veterans, she’s still a relative newcomer to international play.

The Southern California native enjoyed a notable junior career – she was 12 when she became the youngest female to ever earn an AAA rating in beach volleyball – and was a standout collegian at Nebraska, where she was a member of the 2015 NCAA championship team. But Wong-Orantes followed a different path upon graduation, initially choosing not to go overseas to play professionally.

While she was first selected for the U.S. national team in 2016 and played a handful of international tournaments in the following years, it wasn’t until she started playing professionally in Germany in 2019 that she saw the potential to elevate her position on the roster. In particular, the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics gave her an additional year of overseas experience, which she calls “a blessing in disguise.”

“I just felt like I was still in that developmental stage,” she said. “And a whole year postponement allowed me to go overseas and really get all the touches, all the repetitions, and just kind of expose myself to international volleyball another year. So I was, in hindsight, pretty thankful for that COVID season because I got an extra year under my belt, and I think that just gave me a ton of confidence.”

Ahead of the Olympics, Wong-Orantes earned “best libero” honors at the 2021 FIVB Volleyball National League in Rimini, Italy, which helped secure her spot on the Olympic roster. In Tokyo, she followed up with another standout performance and was named best libero of the Olympic tournament.

As to how the Wong-Orantes transformed into one of the world’s top liberos, she points to her background as a beach volleyball player. She began competing at age 8, and her first partner was Sara Hughes, a star on the AVP Pro Tour who also won two NCAA titles with USC.

“I think having that background and just the court awareness that beach volleyball forces you to have allowed me to really have a good read on the game,” said Wong-Orantes. “I think that’s what makes a great libero is just reading and always being reactive towards the ball.”

Wong-Orantes also credits the assistance of mental coach Sue Enquist, a former UCLA softball coach and U.S. national team coach, who now helps teams work on their culture and relationships. Enquist began working with the U.S. volleyball team during the pandemic and has continued in her role ever since.

“We just worked on a lot of stuff within ourselves, within our program, how to communicate with each other off the court, and I think that honestly propelled us into such a high, high level with how we worked with each other, and then that transferred onto the court,” explained Wong-Orantes, who noted the team has Enquist on speed dial while at the World Championship. “I really commend Sue. I just really give a lot of praise to her because I think our culture was never bad, but I think [she] just transformed into a different level.”

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ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS – Justine Wong-Orantes (far right) poses for a photo with her U.S. teammates after defeating Canada at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship on September 26, 2022. (Photo by Rene Nijhuis/Orange Pictures/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Wong-Orantes said she and her U.S. teammates are on their toes for the world championships, which features twice as many teams (24) as the Olympics and a “more grueling” format.

“It’s going to be a long tournament, and I think we’re really going to need all 14 of us that are here. I’m pretty certain that, at any given moment, someone’s going to be called on and someone’s going to need to step up in big moments.”