Women's Hockey: USA And Canada Game Recaps & Corsi Data

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

TEAM USA vs. TEAM SUI

Team USA's domination took a break for the first few minutes of the game versus Switzerland on Monday morning. USA looked a bit sloppy to start the game with missed passes and turnovers in the defensive and neutral zones. All of that changed about half way through the first period when Monique Lamoureux scored. It was game on then with the USA women simply swarming the Swiss net and peppering Swiss goalie, Florence Schelling, with shots. Despite Schelling's flashy glove and good positioning, Brianna Decker and Amanda Kessel scored in quick succession to give Team USA the 3-0 lead.

The goals were scored in 55 seconds, which marks a new record for the fastest 3 goals scored in Olympic Women's Hockey history. Team USA added 2 more goals from Hilary Knight and Amanda Kessel shortly thereafter. The team scored those 5 goals in 6:22, which according to @USAHockeyScores was also a new record for the fastest 5 goals scored in Olympic Women's Hockey history.

In the second period, the only goal came from Monique Lamoureux again to make it 6-0 in favor of Team USA. Schelling again stood on her head to make save after save while the speedy USA forwards shredded the defense in front of her. The third period did not fail to deliver plenty of excitement. Less than a minute in, Kendall Coyne scored but the officials on the ice called it a no goal. Play had to continue, but Kessel provided the need for a whistle when she scored what would have been a hat trick goal from her knees in front of the net. The officials then reviewed Coyne's earlier goal finding it to have been good and thus negating Kessel's third, but still bringing the game to 7-0 Team USA. Extra time was put on the clock. A few minutes later, Coyne did it again giving the team an 8 goal lead. The final goal of the game came from Alex Carpenter.

Despite being obviously outmatched, there were a few bright spots for Switzerland. They were able to kill off a 5 on 3 power play for the Americans, which was nearly 2 minutes long. Additionally, Schelling made dozens of good saves and several spectacular saves as well.

On a down note, in the third period, Coyne, likely the fastest of the women playing hockey at the Olympics, was speeding up the boards with the puck when Switzerland's Lara Stalder skated slowly toward her. A collision ensued during which Coyne's hand made contact with Stalder's head. Stalder was down on the ice and when she tried to get up, was unable to do so. She was helped to the bench by the training staff where she remained for a while. While it appeared Coyne's contact with Stalder's head was unintentional, all such incidents are reviewed to determine whether supplementary discipline is warranted. Look for any review and a decision on such to come down very quickly due to the compressed preliminary schedule.

CORSI DATA

Team/Situation

Period 1

Period 2

Period 3

Totals

USA vs SUI

2-10-14

Corsi For

CF%

Corsi For

CF%

Corsi For

CF%

Corsi For

CF%

USA/5v5

42

85.71%

36

92.31%

48

92.31%

126

90.0%

SUI/5v5

7

14.29%

3

7.69%

4

7.69%

14

10.0%

USA/5v4

3

100%

7

100%

2

100%

12

100%

SUI/5v4

5

83.33%

0

0.0%

N/A

N/A

5

71.43%

USA/4v5

1

16.67%

1

100%

N/A

N/A

2

28.57%

SUI/4v5

0

0.0%

0

0.0%

0

0.0%

0

0.0%

USA/5v3

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

14

100%

14

100%

SUI/3v5

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

0

0.0%

0

0.0%

*all data tracked by Jen LC @bhawksfanjen

TEAM CANADA vs. TEAM FIN

Team Canada and Team Finland kept their game very close until the middle of the third period. Prior to Canada scoring and allowing their fans to take a breath, Finnish goalie, Noora Raty, put on a fantastic goaltending clinic. She was the busier of the goalies in the game throughout. Canada had a few odd number rushes that looked to be great scoring chances in the first and second periods, but Raty had an answer for all of them.

Canada's defense made life very difficult for the Finnish skaters. There were several breakaways by Finland that never even led to a shot on goal due to the excellent play of the Canadian defensemen. In their past two games, Canada's defense has looked wonderful.  The offensive play against Switzerland came very easily, but in this game against Finland, an opponent far superior to the Swiss, the Canadian shooters needed to be better. At least twice during the first and second periods, Canada looked to have an open net and failed to score. Against a world class goalie like Raty, the forwards cannot fail to convert on those rare scoring chances.

Overall, Canada's defense played so well that the slow start from the forwards ended up not being a detriment. Canada's first goal came on a power play in the third period. Meghan Agosta-Marciano fired a rifle shot in with traffic in front of Raty to score. Shortly thereafter, Jayna Hefford collected a rebound in the high slot and scored on a beautiful goal over Raty's often unbeatable glove hand. Finally, Canada had an odd number rush late in the third period that, with some lovely passing, led to a tic-tac tap in goal for Rebecca Johnston.

Otherwise notable, Canada's Jennifer Wakefield was checked the half boards coming into the offensive zone in the first period and ended up colliding with the stanchion with her upper body. She stayed down on the ice momentarily but after being checked out, returned to the game. Marie-Philip Poulin was involved in a collision with a Finnish player late in the game that resulted in her knee twisting in a dangerous way. She struggled to leave the ice and immediately went down the tunnel for evaluation. She did not return to the game so it is unknown how minor or serious her injury is at this time.

CORSI DATA

Team/Situation

Period 1

Period 2

Period 3

Totals

CAN vs FIN

2-10-14

Corsi For

CF%

Corsi For

CF%

Corsi For

CF%

Corsi For

CF%

CAN/5v5

30

88.24%

38

77.55%

22

78.57%

90

81.08%

FIN/5v5

4

11.76%

11

22.45%

6

21.43%

21

18.92%

CAN/5v4

5

100%

8

100%

12

92.31%

25

96.15%

FIN/5v4

8

88.89%

5

100%

9

81.82%

23

88.46%

CAN/4v5

1

11.11%

0

0.0%

2

18.18%

3

11.54%

FIN/4v5

0

0.0%

0

0.0%

1

7.69%

1

3.85%

CAN/6v4

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2

100%

2

100%

FIN/6v4

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

5

100%

5

100%

CAN/4v6

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

0

0.0%

0

0.0%

FIN/4v6

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

0

0.0%

0

0.0%

*all data tracked by Jen LC @bhawksfanjen

Team USA will take on Team Canada in what many believe is a gold medal game preview on Wednesday, February 12th at 7:30 a.m. eastern. The game will be broadcast live on NBCSN.

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