Canadian goalkeeper Eddie Pasquale in action.Photo: Annegret Regards, Reuters
A quartet of shooters took part in the triumph of the Americans, and Captain Andy Miele recorded assistance in addition to the goal.
The Canadians, who defeated the silver medalists from Pyongyang on the German 5: 1 on Thursday, took the lead in 1:24 after Robinson’s shot from the mantinel, which surprised goalkeeper Manna. The Americans rushed in with a response in 70 seconds. Striker Miele solved the renumbering of two to one with a backhand ending under the top bar. At the end of the first period, Meyers completed a turn after Farrell’s pass, which scored five points in the opening duel with China with an 8-0 win.
Canada almost made it at the beginning of the second half, but McTavish hit the crossbar. Players from the maple leaf country soon regretted it, as they immediately collected for the third time. Goalkeeper Pasquale drove to the back fence, but due to Smith’s light tap into the stick, he did not catch the puck and Smith quickly passed him in front of the goal on the finishing Brisson.
Canadian defender Noreau then fired a stick. Neither did Staal. Paradoxically, the nine-time Olympic champions only weakened when Knight, who overcame Mann, stood at the end of the two-on-one renumbering. At the end of the middle period, Noreau’s shot in a power play directed his teammate O’Dell to the crossbar.
In the 47th minute, the USA bounced again by two goals. With a pass, Miele charged Agostin first, who shot Pasquale.
Americans Brian O’Neill and Andy Miele celebrate a goal against Canada.Photo: Annegret Regards, Reuters
The Canadians failed to reduce the power play by five to three, even after a 31-second power play. Then the overall number one in the last NHL draft, Back Power, hit the top bar.
The USA will compete against Germany in the group’s final duel on Sunday. Canada, which was taken over by coach Claude Julien after injuries from a training camp in Switzerland before today’s match, will face China.
The Swiss and the Danes have been playing in the Czech group B since 2:10 p.m. The players of the Helvetic Cross played a tough match with the selection of Russia, to which they finally lost only 0: 1. Even with the Czechs, it was a very balanced battle, which was decided only by raids, in which none of the Swiss executors prevailed against the flawless Hrubec. Denmark did not follow up on the sensational victory over the Czech Republic against the Russians. For a long time, however, at 0: 1, it held the hope of equalizing. That did not come in the end and the Russians decided the match with a goal in the empty 6 seconds before the end.
|Beijing Olympic Games – Men’s Hockey Tournament:|
|Canada – USA 2: 4 (1: 2, 1: 1, 0: 1)|
|Goals and recordings: 2. M. Robinson (Ho-Sang, E. Staal), 35. C. Knight (Winnik) – 3. Miele (O’Neill, Kampfer), 19. Meyers (Farrell, Sanderson), 23. Brisson (N. Shore), 47. Agostino (Miele). Judges: Ansons (Latvia), Björk (Sweden) – Hynek (CZE), McCrank (Kan). Exclusion: 2: 3. No use. Weakening: 1: 0. Attendance: 948.|
|Kanada: Pasquale – Power, M. Robinson, Wotherspoon, Noreau, Barberio, Demers, A. Grant – McTavish, E. Staal, Ho-Sang – C. Knight, Weal, Tambellini – Street, O’Dell, Johnson – Winnik, Cracknell, Desharnais – McBain. Trenér: Claude Julien.|
|USA: Mann – Kampfer, Ness, Warsofsky, Faber, Sanderson, Cooper, Perbix – O’Neill, Miele, Agostino – Abruzzese, Beniers, Knies – Farrell, Meyers, Cates – McLaughlin, N. Smith, Brisson – N. Shore. Trenér: David Quinn.|
|09:40 Germany – China|
|14:10 Switzerland – Denmark|