Team Canada wins the Olympic bronze


Team Canada wins the Olympic bronze

No doubt Canada is proud, with 27 medals this Olympic games has been our countries most successful as a whole.

In 2018, the Olympic flag could be raised again to honor the victory of the Russian team, which is again competing without their flag and anthem, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned the country's national emblems as punishment for alleged drug violations.

Regardless of what occurs Saturday, Germany has earned the respect of the global hockey community for its miraculous run to the gold-medal game.

That makes falling short of gold with a 3-0 loss Friday to the "Olympic athletes from Russia" in the semifinals so very disappointing. Just 16 seconds later Martin Ruzicka scored for the Czechs, and in just 15 more ticks, Canadian captain Chris Kelly tipped one past Francouz. They will now play in their first-ever gold medal game. The women's hockey team lost their gold medal to the USA ending Canada's 16 year run as Olympic champions.

Canada gained a 3:1 lead in the first period and although the Czechs attempted to rally towards the end of the game, shooting three goals in relatively quick succession, they failed to turn the game around. He continued his stellar play into the second, stopping another five Czech Republic shots in a frame that was dominated by defense as both teams failed to find the net.

Maxim Noreau's goal early in the third period moved Team Canada into the Olympic men's hockey semifinals with a 1-0 win over Finland. They've gotten that from Danny aus den Birken, who has a 2.43 goals-against average and made 31 saves in a 4-3 overtime victory over Sweden.

Krupp's "crazy journey" took him to tiny Belleville, Ontario, for junior hockey and then to Germany. The Czechs thought they had trimmed the lead to 5-3, but a Martin Erat goal was called back after Tomas Zohorna interfered with Canadian goalie Kevin Poulin.

The Czechs, however, refused to quit, scoring twice in 90 seconds to cut the lead to 6-4. Had the National Hockey League gone to South Korea, the USA team likely would have overflowed with talented players such as Auston Matthews, Johnny Gaudreau, Patrick Kane, Jack Eichel, Shayne Gostisbehere and Seth Jones. Brule was ejected later in the period for a check to the head and neck of Germany's David Wolf.

Curling was also a shock Switzerland beat Canada in the bronze medal match.

If that's the case, the Czechs will be on their way to their first gold-medal game since 1998. The Germans one-upped that win by knocking off Canada in the semifinals.

A look at the attendance figures ahead of Saturday's game shows Canada wasn't much of a hockey draw here. Cervenka scored a minute later, and the Czechs pulled Francouz for an extra skater during a power play, allowing Cervenka to add another to bring it within two, but the Czech offensive ended there.



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