Germany completed a shock run to their first men's Olympic hockey final Friday by dethroning two-time defending champion Canada 4-3, the fairytale squad advancing to a Sunday showdown for gold against the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.
Canada similarly beat US 3-2 in overtime at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. "And I think if there's a ton of people watching back in Germany watching maybe it'll push them toward ice hockey instead of soccer".
"Wow, it's unbelievable, what you've achieved", said the manager of the national football team, Oliver Bierhoff.
They will play archrival Canada, four years after the Canadians rallied from two goals down to shock the Americans in the gold-medal game in Sochi. They're now guaranteed an Olympic medal - either gold or silver - and marks the first medal for the USA since in 2006, when the men won the country's only other curling medal.
"Joy's the only word that comes to mind", said Gigi Marvin, a three-time Olympian and at 30 the oldest American on the roster. He tweeted his congratulations to the team. "But whoever that's going to be, it's going to be great game and best team will win".
"They should make a movie on it", forward Hilary Knight said. "It's sort of a storybook ending to an incredible series of accomplishments".
Canada's loss to the United States ended the country's streak of four straight gold medals. The overtime, to me, is scarier.
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In scoring twice on 19 shots against Francouz, the favored Russians were not overly powerful but certainly as opportunistic as they were in a 4-0 victory over the United States in group play.
Maddie Rooney makes a save against Canada in the overtime penalty shootout during the women's hockey gold medal game at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.
Pressure? Rooney's grin was clear to see throughout the shootout.
"I'm a lot more mature as a player", he said. "Pretty disappointed I couldn't put on my best but that's kind of what I had today and that's how it goes". Canadian fans can watch the match on CBC. Twenty minutes of the OT period was not enough to settle the game, nor were the first five rounds of the shootout - the first-ever shootout in a women's hockey Olympic final.
"It is everything for our country", USA coach Robb Stauber said. But a win over Canada in the preliminary round put the Americans on a proper path. Agosta and Daoust scored in the shootout.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea - The silver medal was so disappointing for Canadian defenseman Jocelyne Larocque that she took it off just moments after it was draped around her neck.
Jocelyne Larocque of Canada holds her silver medal in her hand, next to teammates wearing their medals during the medal ceremony. "You work so hard". Now there's just one game left to win.
"We let a big one get away from us". "It's unfortunate this had to come down to a shootout".