Eagles in the Olympics - Feb. 13, 2014
Feb. 13, 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. 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.