USA vs. Canada hockey gold medal game: highlights and analysis from Canada’s 3-2 win

USA vs Canada in the women's hockey gold medal game at the 2022 Winter Olympics; Hannah Brandt's shot hits the post in the first period
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For the sixth time in Olympic history, the women’s hockey gold medal game at the 2022 Winter Olympics featured the United States and Canada. The two teams have combined to win every world and Olympic title in women’s hockey history. And that streak didn’t end in Beijing.

Canada won the gold medal game 3-2, despite a late effort from the United States. Canada’s “Captain Clutch” Marie-Philip Poulin scored two goals (including the game-winner).

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During the gold medal game, On Her Turf provided live updates. Here’s how the latest chapter of the USA vs. Canada rivalry unfolded:

Women’s Hockey – Olympic Gold Medal Game – Live Updates and Score:

FIRST PERIOD:

11:05pm ET: It’s time! The U.S. and Canada have stepped on the ice at Wukesong Sports Center. Fun fact: During the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, the venue hosted basketball.

11:09pm ET: Another fun fact: all four officials for this game are women: referees Kelley Cooke and Anna Wiegand, and lineswomen Anna Hammar and Kendall Hanley.

11:12pm ET: In goal for Canada is Ann-Renee Desbiens. Four years after sitting on the bench during the 2018 gold medal final, she has been so solid in this tournament.

11:13pm ET: American Hannah Brandt with a fantastic opportunity, but it bounces off the post.

Video of Hannah Brandt’s near goal in the women’s hockey gold medal game:

11:19pm ET: Canada goes up 1-0. If you leave Natalie Spooner open in front of the net, that’s what’s going to happen….

11:20pm ET: But wait! U.S. coach Joel Johnson challenges the goal, arguing that Canada was offside prior to the goal. And the challenge goes in favor of the United States. It’s a 0-0 game again.

11:23pm ET: CANADA SCORES. 1-0 game. That was a really nice goal. Sarah Nurse was in the perfect spot, tipping the puck in past U.S. goalie Alex Cavallini. Claire Thompson and Marie-Philip Poulin credited with the assist.

Video of Sarah Nurse’s goal to put Canada up 1-0 in the women’s Olympic gold medal game:

11:30pm ET: Canada entered the game with a much deeper bench than the United States. And 12 minutes into the first period, every Canadian player – except for back-up goalie Emerance Maschmeyer and defender Ella Shelton – has stepped on the ice. The same can’t be said for the U.S.: defenders Caroline Harvey and Jincy Dunne have played zero minutes in the last two games… and that trend appears likely to continue in the gold medal game. The Americans are also, of course, playing without Brianna Decker, who was injured in the first game of the tournament.

11:36pm ET: CANADA SCORES, 2-0 GAME. Would it be a gold medal game without a goal from Marie-Philip Poulin? She does a fantastic job of taking the puck away from Kelly Pannek as the U.S. was working it out of the zone. U.S. goalie Alex Cavallini looks like she was caught off guard, either by a screen in front or the quick turnaround.

Video of Marie-Philip Poulin’s goal to make it 2-0 for Canada:

11:45pm ET: First period ends with Canada leading the U.S. 2-0. The Americans finished the period by killing off a penalty by Kendall Coyne Schofield (delay of game).

SECOND PERIOD: 

12:00am ET: Looking through those first period stats… let’s talk about bench depth/roster utilization. At the end of the first period, only one Canadian player (Renata Fast) has spent more than eight minutes on the ice. The U.S. has four players with 9+ minutes time on ice (TOI).

12:10am ET: Wow. CANADA GOAL, 3-0. Marie-Philip Poulin again (video below). Get this: this is Poulin’s FOURTH STRAIGHT GOLD MEDAL game scoring at least one goal: two in 2010, two in 2014, one in 2018, two today…

12:22am ET: In some ways, Canada leading 3-0 was completely predictable… The Canadians blazed their way through the Olympic tournament, outscoring their opponents in Beijing by a combined 54-8 (ahead of today’s gold medal final). That said, despite the struggles the U.S. team has had in the tournament, it always felt possible that today’s game could be a 0-0 overtime battle given the storied rivalry between the two teams.

12:29am ET: HILARY KNIGHT SCORES (video below). 3-1 game. A short-handed goal, even, after Megan Keller took a holding penalty. Hannah Brandt with the assist.

12:35am ET: That’s the end of the second period. Canada currently leads the U.S. 3-1. If the result holds, Canada will win its fifth gold medal in women’s hockey. As we’ve seen in previous games at these 2022 Winter Olympics, the U.S. is getting shots, but not finishing, except for that master class from Knight. The Americans currently lead the Canadians 24-17 in shots on goal.

THIRD PERIOD: 

12:45am: Something to keep in mind as the third period gets underway. The team that was leading in the 2014 and 2018 gold medal game at the end of the second period? Not the team that ultimately won. The U.S. was leading 1-0 in 2014 (ultimately lost 3-2 in OT). Canada was leading 2-1 in 2018 (ultimately lost 3-2 GWS).

12:53am: CLINK! You can hear the sound as a shot from Alex Carpenter bounces off the post (video below).

1:04am ET: Team USA will go on the power play after Canada’s Jocelyne Larocque is called for hooking on Savannah Harmon.

1:05am ET: And the U.S. isn’t able to capitalize on the power play… again. Not a new storyline at these 2022 Beijing Winter Games. Ann-Renee Desbiens has to make just one save as Canada’s penalty kill holds strong.

1:14am ET: The U.S. is peppering shots on Desbiens but isn’t able to make a dent.

1:15am ET: With 3:08 remaining, the U.S. pulls goalie Alex Cavallini to add the extra player.

1:18am ET: U.S. will go back on the power play after Marie-Philip Poulin gets called for a penalty.

1:20am ET: !!!!!! AMANDA KESSEL SCORES. 2-3. 13.5 SECONDS REMAINING, AFTER OFFICIALS ADJUST THE CLOCK. WOW.

1:23am ET: And just like that, it’s over. Canada wins 3-2. Felt like the U.S. woke up too late, though they did record nearly twice as many shots on goal as Canada (41 to 20).

Ice Hockey - Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Day 13
BEIJING, CHINA – FEBRUARY 17: Marie-Philip Poulin #29, Sarah Nurse #20, Renata Fast #14 and Ann-Renee Desbiens #35 of Team Canada celebrate after winning the women’s hockey gold medal game. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

2:22am ET: There is gonna be a lot to unpack from this one, but it certainly lived up to the hype. While looking through the game stats / tournament stats, a couple things that stood out:

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)
2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Canada, 3-2

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Kaillie Humphries elevates another fresh U.S. face to podium status in two-woman bobsled World Cup

Kaillie Humphries of USA, Kaysha Love of USA in action at the 2 women's bobsleigh during Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
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PARK CITY, UTAH – Kaillie Humphries extended her podium streak on Saturday at the IBSF World Cup, where she and U.S. push athlete Jasmine Jones finished third in the two-woman bobsled.

The third-place finish in Park City marked the sixth podium for Humphries at the Park City track, which hosted the 2002 Olympics, and was Jones’ career-first World Cup podium in just her second World Cup start.

“This is our first race together, so really excited about that,” said the 37-year-old Humphries, considered the greatest female driver in history with three Olympic gold medals (2010, 2014 and 2022) and five world championships titles. She earned her 29th career World Cup win on Friday in Park City in the women’s monobob.

“Definitely a work in progress. … The runs weren’t perfect, but I’m really happy with our starts, happy with our drives minus a few little mistakes. It’s a good starting point, and we’ll look to grow from here.”

Humphries and Jones finished with a combined, two-run time of 1:37.69, 0.32 behind winners Kim Kalicki and brakewoman Leonie Fiebig of Germany at 1:37.37. Fellow Germans Laura Nolte and Lena Neunecker were second at 0.23 back.

Kalicki and Fiebig broke a 16-year-old track record with their first run, laying down a time of 48.60 seconds and besting the time set by Americans Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming – the 2006 Olympic silver medalists – in December 2006 (48.73). It also marked the second straight victory for Kalicki, who’s won five career World Cup titles including last week’s two-woman bobsled race in Whistler, Canada.

“I was hoping Kaillie would get [the record],” said Rohbock, who is now a U.S. team coach and was on hand to see her record fall. “That first run there, she had that little skid in the bottom, so that didn’t help, but Kailee’s always putting up a great performance. And Jasmine, another great brakewoman, so we’re really lucky that we have that depth.”

For Team USA, it marked the second straight week that a fresh face earned her first podium finish while competing with Humphries. Last week in Whistler, push athlete Emily Renna and Humphries placed third in Renna’s first-ever World Cup appearance.

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“Being able to race with her was really special,” said the 29-year-old Renna, who was a college track athlete at University of Rhode Island. “It’s really nice to be around seasoned veterans. It definitely makes you feel better in the back sled with you when you’ve got a good pilot who knows the track.”

Renna finished in eighth place in Park City with 12-year U.S. team veteran and pilot Nicole Vogt (1:39.04). Vogt partnered with Jones in her first World Cup last week where they finished seventh in Whistler, 1.33 seconds behind winners Kalicki and German teammate Anabel Galander.

“To have an opportunity to be with Kaillie in my World Cup debut – it’s exciting,” said the 26-year-old Jones, who was a collegiate track and field athlete at Eastern Michigan. “I just feel like I have so much more in the tank to give, and I’m just hungry for it.”

Jones is particularly gratified with her performance after returning full-time to bobsled less than 18 months ago following the birth of her daughter, Jade Quinn Jones, in February 2021. The Greensburg, Pa., native returned to training just five months postpartum, having sat out the 2020-21 season. She competed on the North American Cup last year, finishing the season with a win (the third NA Cup title of her career) and a third place in Lake Placid.

“I’m thankful,” said Jones. “Opportunity is the main thing, and I just feel blessed to have my first World Cup podium. I’m screaming on the inside. I may not show it, but I am jumping for joy because I’m just that excited and happy to have this accomplishment.”

She admits, however, it’s not always easy to compete balance a full-time competitive career with being a mom.

“Sometimes it’s a struggle being away from my daughter,” said Jones, whose mom takes care of Jade while she travels. “I try to get my facetimes in every night and just know that when I’m pushing, I’m doing it for her. Hopefully sometime in the future I’ll have her around on the sidelines cheering me on, and that’s my main motivation – that this is for her.”

The BMW IBSF World Cup continues its North American swing Dec. 16-18 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Kaillie Humphries faces IVF journey head on — and collects monobob World Cup win along the way

Gold medallist Kaillie Humphries of Team United States celebrates during the Women's Monobob.
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PARK CITY, UTAH — Kaillie Humphries knew the quest to start a family would impact her 2022-23 season, but it’s certainly not slowing down Team USA’s reigning monobob Olympic gold medalist, who captured her first World Cup title in the discipline on Friday.

The 37-year-old Humphries, considered the greatest female driver in history with three Olympic golds (2010, 2014 and 2022) and five world championships, earned her 29th career World Cup win and her third victory on the Park City track, where she won the two-woman bobsled competitions in 2012 and 2016. Competing in Utah – as well as North American World Cup stops in Whistler last week and in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Dec. 17-18 – is one of the reasons that Humphries pushed pause on her journey to motherhood.

“I’m excited,” Humphries said following the win, marking her second straight podium in monobob following a third-place finish last week in Whistler. “I was excited for this year before it started. It’s part and parcel of why my husband and I delayed the IVF process and starting a family this season. To be able to be back in North America and have the first half of the season here – it’s been a long time since we’ve had that, so I wanted to be able to compete and it feels awesome.”

That’s not to say the leadup to this season has been without its share of hiccups. In fact, Humphries admits that following the Beijing Olympics, she had hoped to get pregnant immediately, but she and husband Travis Armbruster had to pivot when a diagnosis of stage 4 endometriosis made it clear that in vitro fertilization would be the best path for pregnancy.

“Right after the Olympics, I was like, ‘We’re going to get pregnant; it’s gonna be all good,’” she said. “I thought, my body has always performed, and it wasn’t going to be an issue. Fast forward to I find out we have to do IVF. We do the first egg retrieval, and it doesn’t go as well as I had hoped — which anybody that’s done this process knows, you can’t control any aspect of it. And so having to do a second round of egg retrieval, …it pushed everything back.”

What’s more, it brought Humphries’ training to a standstill at times, when she would have to limit all physical activity during the three-week period surrounding the egg-retrieval process.

“It impacted my training coming into this year a lot,” she says, “but I also think it definitely reset my hormones, which turns out I needed. I don’t think was a bad thing. I knew coming into this year, I wasn’t going to be in the same shape as I have been in the past, and I had to make peace with that. I know that each and every race I’m racing myself into shape, and each race is a preparation for January’s World Championships.”

Humphries also chose to share her IVF journey publicly, and she’s documented every step of the way, believing that her story makes it less scary not just for her but also for other women and female athletes who might be facing the same thing.

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“My husband and I weren’t sure that we wanted to share it at first,” she admits. “But I felt it was important just to showcase this. I have nothing to hide. And as much as there are parts of me certain days when I think, ‘What’s wrong with me?’ At the end of the day, I know I’m not alone in this.

“It’s important, I do have a voice, and I want other people to know, as an Olympic gold medalist, if it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody. Infertility exists in the female body, and it’s important that I talk about it in my journey and hopefully that’s inspired other people.”

She says she’s received an outpouring of support, which has been particularly gratifying as she continues to put a painful breakup with Team Canada in the rearview mirror. Humphries, who was born in Calgary, competed for Canada for 16 years, winning three Olympic medals including a bronze in Pyeongchang in 2018. But the relationship came to an abrupt end later just five months after the 2018 Games, after Humphries alleged emotional and mental harassment by a former coach.

Winning a gold medal in Beijing just two months after her U.S. citizenship was finalized proved to be turning point for Humphries, who commemorated the milestone with two new tattoos. She first added the date of her win – Feb. 14, 2022 – to the back of her left hand and a larger rose and skull illustration to the back of her right knee and calf, all of which commemorate her triumph over that darker period.

“The skull represents a rebirth and a growth, overcoming challenges and/or obstacles and turning something negative into something positive,” explains Humphries, who says she chose the rose because it’s the national flower of the U.S. as well as a symbol of love won or lost. She notes that she has “an actual Olympic one” planned for August 2024, which is when her favorite tattoo artist is next available.

Humphries has also found the silver lining in her IVF journey, as the competition season has been a welcome break from some of the self-imposed pressure.

“By pushing pause for four or five months and competing, it allowed me mentally to know that we can go into all of next summer and all winter focusing on just doing the actual embryo transfers and having a good pregnancy,” she says. “I don’t feel stressed to try and get pregnant right away. I felt like I was becoming competitive with myself, wondering why isn’t this working? Why can’t I do this? I tried to control too many things, and I started to get really frustrated. Mentally, it was hard. So, by pushing pause, going back to what I know — which is the sport, which is what I love – it’s allowed me to control a little bit of my future.”

Humphries’ season continues Saturday as the IBSF World Cup from Park City concludes with the two-woman bobsleigh.