U.S. can’t quite reach gold in Olympic Women’s Hockey as Canada shuts them out

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 25, 2010 6:03 pm

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Marie-Philip Poulin scored two goals, Shannon Szabados made 28 saves, and Canada rolled through the United States 2-0 Thursday to win the women’s hockey gold medal for a third straight Olympics.

In front of a raucous Vancouver crowd ringing cowbells and frantically waving thousands of maple leaf flags, Canada thrived on its home fans’ relentless cheers. After Poulin’s two first-period scores, the Canadians dominated every aspect of the biggest game in this young sport, earning their 15th straight Olympic victory.

Playing with a consistency and passion its men’s team can only hope to emulate this weekend, Canada hasn’t lost at the Olympics since 1998, when the Americans won their sport’s first gold.