United States women's hockey overcomes Finland, wins first game of 2018 Olympics

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"Especially against a phenomenal goaltender like Noora".

Knight passed the puck, Kendall Coyne scored the go-ahead goal at 11:29 of the second period on a one-timer and the United States rallied to beat Finland 3-1 to remain ideal when opening an Olympic tournament.

Jocelyne Larocque skated in her 100th worldwide game for Team Canada when her team defeated the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, 5-0 Sunday. They also improved to 7-0 against Finland in the Olympics, though the world's third-ranked team made the defending world champions work hard in a chippy game. But Venla Hovi slid in the puck with just 5.8 seconds left before the break to put the Americans behind at the first intermission. Raty was forced to make save after save against the powerful USA team as the skaters in front of her failed to generate sustained offensive pressure. The U.S. will rely on their top line consisting of Coyne, Brianna Decker and Amanda Kessel to produce offensively throughout the tournament as they try to avenge their gut-wrenching loss against Canada in the gold-medal game during the 2014 Sochi Games.

"It's a great way to start the tournament", Monique Lamoureux-Morando said after the game, via NBC's broadcast.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson tied it up for the Americans. The early deficit was a reminder that no matter how heavy the favorites, a lot can happen once the puck starts bouncing around an icy rink, especially with Noora Raty, Finland's all-world goalie, protecting the crease. The forward scored off the rebound past the Finn goalie's right skate at 8:58 in the second.

"We hope to build off this game when we play Russian Federation".

Kendell Coyne added a power-play goal 2 minutes, 31 seconds later and Dani Cameranesi iced it with an empty-netter in the third. Hilary Knight passed to Kendall Coyne, who put a one-timer top shelf from the edge of the right circle. The coach went with his youngest in 20-year-old Maddie Rooney of Andover, Minnesota, who came in 4-0-2 in pre-Olympic exhibition games and made 23 saves in winning her Olympic debut. Finland outshot the USA 10-8 in the third frame, but 20-year-old Maddie Rooney, who emerged as the starter from a trio of goalies on the roster, was impenetrable when she had to be.

The crafty winger kicked off her third Olympics with a bang, as she spearheaded Canada's offense against the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation with two goals and an assist. I think it showed in the first period.



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