Sweden, US to compete for gold in PyeongChang Games men's curling

Dean Simpson
February 24, 2018

Canada's Derek Roy shot the puck right through the German goaltender's legs about halfway through the period, bringing the game to 4-3 as Canada got much more aggressive.

Right after Lamoureux-Davidson's incredible shootout goal put the USA ahead, 20-year old University of Minnesota-Duluth goalie and Andover native Maddie Roonie stonewalled Canada's last chance.

Germany upset Canada 4-3 in a semifinal and will face the Olympic Athletes from Russian for the gold medal.

"I would say we broke the curse today".

They started strongly and looked the more settled team in a very tight match which stood at 2-2 after four ends.

The siblings from Grand Forks, North Dakota, accounted for two crucial goals in a sweet win for the Americans over their arch-rivals.

Canada had won gold in three of the past four Olympics, but the first year without National Hockey League players on the Canadian roster meant Team Canada's chances to win it all this year were less optimistic.

A Canadian female hockey skater was awarded a silver medal but removed it upon losing to the United States Thursday.

Germany took a 3-0 lead midway through the second period with Brooks Macek, Matthias Plachta and Frank Mauer on target.

"It was the first thing a lot of my players said to me... coach, did you see that game?", Lovett said.

"It's not clear if she ever put it back on", the Canadian outlet said.

When how asked how she felt about her own Olympic debut, Lacquette was similarly subdued and sighed before answering. The normal 5 shootout rounds couldn't settle it either.

Just days ago, the United States looked to be on the verge of elimination, having won just twice in six games.

"That is how it works", Canada forward Blayre Turnbull said.

The greatest thing about the game - and the USA win - was that it was the purest form of hockey: a battle fueled by raw competitiveness, passion, and love for the game. But when even that couldn't decide it, a shootout eventually would.

Rooney said she's been told it's important to stay calm under pressure.

"It's incredibly hard, especially when you spend a lifetime really preparing for this moment", she said. "So proud of our team, you left it all on the ice", former Canadian hockey player Caroline Ouellette tweeted Thursday.

Now a goalie on Albany Academy for girls' varsity team, she thinks this win can change the sport.

And how long did it take her to get over her disappointment in finishing second in Nagano?

"It's unbelievable. I don't know if I am going to sleep tonight", Landsteiner said to reporters after the game.

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