Canadian women's hockey team beats U.S. 2-1 at PyeongChang Olympics

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GANGNEUNG, Korea, Republic Of - Laura Schuler is keeping everyone guessing about her goaltending. Team USA had to bounce back from a slow start. The Canadians won this game by a score of 2-1 and took first place in Group А. And the Americans also advanced to the playoffs by coming in second in this group.

Both teams will advance to the semifinals.

"It's always a battle, especially against the US", Agosta said. "Moving forward, we need to continue to focus on playing our game and working on the details that will continue to make us successful".

Finland and the Russian team will play quarter-final games Saturday against Switzerland and Sweden.

You know that the Americans are well aware of how dominant their rivals have been, a potential psychological advantage for Canada going into a round-robin meeting with them on Thursday.

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Meghan Agosta of Ruthven, Ont., and Hamilton's Sara Nurse scored for Canada in the second period, while Kendall Coyne countered for the the third.

Lamoureux-Davidson faked a between-the-legs shot and flipped a backhand that was blockered aside by Lacasse.

American goaltender Maddie Rooney turned away 21 of 23 shots. "It's just finding a way to finish those grade-A chances that we had".

"I have no doubt our players will be rewarded for that kind of energy and effort".

Poulin's goal, which made it 2-0 at 17:11 of the first, needed a video review for confirmation after the referee waved it off.

Of note, Agosta's goal was her 16th in Olympic play moving her to second all-time on the list. That's not what we're here for.

One of the most storied rivalries in sport has only heated up in recent years.

Canada may have won four straight Olympic gold medals, but the United States has claimed seven of the last eight women's world championships, beating Canada in the final for every one.

If there were nerves before Thursday rooted in the unknown of how Canada's 2018 Olympic men's ice hockey team would fare without the services of NHL players, those nerves were dashed minutes into their opening game.

Thursday's game was their first meeting since Canada edged the US 2-1 in overtime December 17 in Edmonton.

Both teams were clearly worn out in that game as players on both sides were in full-fledged training mode. Once we hit the ice, it's going to be a fun game. Lacasse deflected Lamoureux-Davidson's penalty-shot attempt wide. She's now just three shy of retired Canadian captain Hayley Wickenheiser.

Schuler wasn't overly concerned about giving up over 40 shots.

"For me, most importantly, I'll look at scoring chances for and against and how can we generate more and how can we eliminate some of those chances against us".

The Olympic Games have followed the same pattern since women's hockey made its debut at the 1998 Games in Nagano.

The Canadian women controlled much of the game and handled a Finnish pushback in the third.

"We had a lot of shots on net and had a lot of opportunities, I think, to get some loose pucks in the net on scrums, and we just were a few inches off on a lot of them".