Eagles in the Olympics - Feb. 23, 2014
Among the Olympians competing for the U.S. are four former or current Eagles. Representing the women's hockey team are Molly Schaus (2006-11) and Kelli Stack (2006-11), who make their returns to the Olympic stage after competing in the 2010 Games in Vancouver, and Alex Carpenter (2011-present), who reaches the Olympic spotlight for the first time in Sochi.
Brooks Orpik (1998-01), an NHL defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins, is on the men's side skating for Team USA. Orpik won a silver medal with the team in the Vancouver Games and returns to the Olympic arena in a quest for gold.
Feb. 22, 2014
Orpik was on the ice for 15:27. He will now resume action in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Shots in the contest were close to even, with the U.S. being outshot, 29-27. Kane was unable to convert on two penalty shots, one in the first period and one in the second. The first period ended scoreless, but Finland built up a two-goal lead at the end of the second. A three-goal stanza, including two power play goals, propped Finland up to their 5-0 win.
Feb. 21, 2014
Orpik tallied 16:04 of play and notched one shot, a slapshot from the point midway through the third period.
Both offenses played at full speed, with many opportunities on both sides of the ice, nearly all of which were denied by stellar performances by both goalies. USA keeper Quick recorded 36 saves on 37 shots, allowing a redirected goal past him early in the second. Price, in goal for Team Canada, came up with 31 saves in the win.
The United States lost to Canada, 3-2, in overtime in Vancouver, taking home the silver. For 2014, the highest they can finish is bronze. Team USA will take on Finland on Feb. 22, at 10:00 a.m. eastern time in the Bronze Medal Game.
Feb. 20, 2014 - - SILVER MEDAL
Carpenter tacked on her fourth goal of the tournament eight minutes into the third period to put the U.S. ahead, 2-0. Stack notched an assist on the play, feeding Knight, who sailed the puck across the zone to Carpenter for the score. Carpenter finished the Games with four goals and one assist, for five points in total. Stack, too, contributed five points, on one goal and four assists.
Team USA maintained a two-goal lead deep into the third period, and a gold medal seemed all but certain. However, with just under four minutes to play, a deflection sent the puck into the air and over the shoulder of USA net-minder Vetter. With 1:35 to play, Canada pulled their goaltender for the 6-on-5 player advantage. From defending in their own zone, Team USA sent a long shot down the length of the rink towards the empty net, but the attempt rang off of the post. Shortly thereafter, Canada capitalized on a loose rebound and sent the game into overtime.
In the 66th minute, Canada was called for a cross-check, but the power play was short-lived, as Team USA was penalized for a slash six seconds later. In the following minute, another penalty put the U.S. at a 4-on-3 player disadvantage. One second after Canada's penalty expired, they netted their third goal, ending the sudden-death overtime.
This is the second consecutive silver-medal finish for the Red, White and Blue, and third in the past four Olympics.
Feb. 19, 2014
Orpik was on the ice for 18:41, a new high in these Olympic Games. He notched one shot in that time, while maintaining a strong defensive front that held the Czech to two goals on 23 shots.
The game reached a 1-1 tie within the first five minutes. After that, Team USA assumed control and ended the period with a 3-1 advantage. One goal in the second stanza, and another in the third, put the U.S. up 5-1 with just under 18 minutes to play. The Czech Republic tacked on a second goal with seven minutes remaining.
Team USA now advances to the Semifinal Round to take on Canada, who defeated Latvia in their Quarterfinal, 2-1. Sweden and Finland will face-off in the Semifinal matchup on the other side of the bracket. The contest will be on Friday, Feb. 21 at 12:00 p.m. eastern.
Feb. 17, 2014
Carpenter scored the first goal of the game at 6:10, and was assisted by Bozek and former Eagle Stack. It was a power play goal after Sweden was called for a hooking penalty at 5:45. The contest was one-sided from then on, with Team USA building up a 5-0 lead before Sweden notched their first score. A goal at 56:58 capped off the win for the United States and propelled them into the gold medal round.
The Red, White and Blue outshot Sweden, 70-9, in the matchup, forcing a goalkeeper substitution for Sweden at 32:31. Vetter maintained the net for the U.S., advancing to 2-1 in these Games.
The United States will meet Canada, who defeated Switzerland, 3-1, to battle for the gold in the Finals, scheduled for Feb. 20 at 12:00 p.m. eastern.
Feb. 16, 2014
The United States put the first tally on the board just 1:04 into the game, and slowly built their lead. The team held a 2-0 advantage at the end of the first, 4-0 by the end of the second, and went up 5-0 before Slovenia ended all thoughts of a shutout with a goal in the final 20 seconds of the game.
Orpik, a member of the 2010 squad in Vancouver, notched his first Olympic point in the contest. At just over four minutes into the game, Orpik fielded the puck near his own blue line and sent it ahead to Pavelski, who was able to pass it across in front of the net to Kessel for his second of three goals at 4:33. Orpik has seen increasingly more time on the ice, reaching 17:04 against Slovenia.
Team USA receives a bye past the Qualification Round to the Quarterfinals, and will face the winner of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Quarterfinals will take place on Feb. 19 at 12:00 p.m. eastern.
Feb. 15, 2014
During the first period, Russia outshot Team USA, 13-10, but despite the many attempts by both sides, the first period came to a scoreless conclusion. Russia put the first tally on the scoreboard with a goal roughly halfway through the second period. The U.S. pressed heavily, taking the upper-hand in shots, 13-8, and finally connecting during a power play at 36:34, ending the second stanza at 1-1 even. At 49:27 Team USA broke the tie and went ahead, 2-1, on a power play goal. Russia had the answer three minutes later on a power play of their own, tying the game at 2-2. A few minutes later, Russia had a goal waved off after an official review determined that the net had come loose moments before the puck crossed the line. For the Preliminary Round during the Olympics, there is one 4-on-4 overtime period with a five-minute duration. With neither team able to score in the overtime period, the game entered a shootout. In the first round of three different skaters alternating per team, both teams converted only once. Any player could take the shootout after the first three rounds, and T.J. Oshie, who scored in the first round for Team USA, took the next five attempts, scoring on three of those five, and four-of-six in total, to lift the USA over Russia in the eighth round.
Orpik saw his time on the ice increase to 16:38 in the contest. He also had one shot on net.
The United States is currently at the top of the Group A standings with five points. Russia is in second with four points. Teams earn three points for a win in regulation, two points for a win in overtime or a shootout, and one point for losing in overtime or a shootout. The leaders from Groups A, B and C, and the next team with the highest point total advance on a bye past the Qualification stage to the Quarterfinals.
Team USA returns to the ice on Feb. 16, at 7:30 a.m. eastern, to take on Slovenia. Slovenia is 1-1 to this point, having lost to Russia, 5-2, and defeated Slovakia, 3-1. It is the final matchup for Team USA in the Preliminary Round.
Feb. 13, 2014
Orpik saw 10:51 minutes of action in the contest, finishing the game with a +3 rating.
Team USA scored its first goal at 14:27 in the first period, finishing the first stanza with a 1-0 lead. However, Slovakia drew even with a goal just 24 seconds into the second period. The game turned one-sided from that point forward, with the U.S. netting six unanswered goals before the second intermission. The third period was scoreless and Team USA earned the 7-1 win.
The next matchup for the United States will be another Preliminary Round - Group A event, against Russia. The opening faceoff is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 a.m. eastern.
Feb. 12, 2014
Alex Carpenter tallied one assist in the loss, tying Kelli Stack for three points so far in these Olympics. The assist came at 37:34 in the second period, on the first goal of the game following a scoreless first stanza. The goal was scored by Hilary Knight, 37 seconds into a power play after Canada was penalized for body-checking.
The United States entered the third period with a 1-0 lead, but within five minutes Canada had taken a 2-1 advantage, including one power play goal. There was some controversy over Canada's second goal, when Team USA challenged that the play was blown dead before the puck crossed the goal line. The goal was reviewed but confirmed. Canada then netted one more on a breakaway with just over five minutes to play. At 57:45, Team USA pulled the goalie for the one-man advantage and was able to convert, cutting the deficit to 3-2. In the final minute, Canada was called for too many players on the ice, giving Team USA a power play for the final 31 seconds of the game. Despite the 6-4 advantage, they were not able to put in the tying score.
Molly Schaus, who was in net for all 60 minutes in the win against Switzerland, did not see action. Jessie Vetter, the starter for the Finland matchup returned to goal for Team USA.
Stack fired four shots on goal, but was not able to reach the back of the net.
Since Group B has not concluded play, the playoff bracket is still incomplete. Team USA earned a bye past the Quarterfinals and will compete in the Semifinals on Feb. 17 at 12:00 p.m. eastern time. Canada and Team USA are in opposing Semifinals, signifying a USA vs. Canada gold medal matchup if both teams win.
Feb. 10, 2014
The game was scoreless for the first nine minutes of play, but then Team USA broke an Olympic record by netting three goals in a span of 55 seconds. They then set a new team record by scoring twice more over the following five and a half minutes (five goals in 6:22).
Carpenter capped off the win by scoring the final goal on a breakaway with less than five minutes remaining. Click here to watch the goal (via @BCInterruption).
Stack tallied her first assist at 14:23 in the first period on a goal by Hilary Knight. She then notched her second assist at 40:49 in the third period, feeding Kendall Coyne for the seventh U.S. goal of the game. The two assists marked Stack's 10th and 11th points of her Olympic career (3-5-8 in Vancouver; 1-2-3 in Sochi).
With the win over Switzerland, the United States guarantees a place in the semifinals on Monday, Feb. 17.
Feb. 8, 2014
The puck dropped at 3:00 a.m. eastern time and the United States jumped to an early lead just 53 seconds into the period. The lead was extended to 2-0 in the second period with a goal from Stack at 27:42, and then to 3-0 eight minutes later when Carpenter capitalized on a power play opportunity. Finland scored on a power play in the final minutes of the game for the 3-1 end result.