In the first medal contending semi-final game of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the United States took on Sweden. Team USA came into the semi-finals winning all three of their preliminary round games. Sweden came into the game with only one preliminary round loss. Their loss was to Canada, who was the other undefeated team in preliminary round play of women’s hockey at the Vancouver Olympics. Team USA and Sweden also met in the semi-finals of the 2006 Turino Olympics. In that game Sweden upset the United States and went on to win Silver after losing to Canada in the gold medal game.
Team USA scored the first goal of the game about seven minutes into the first period. They increased their lead to two with a power play goal a little over a minute after their first goal. The two goals about a minute apart were the only goals of the first period. The United States had twelve shots on goal while Sweden only had three in the first period.
About three minutes into the second period Team USA got their third goal of the game. They increased their lead to four over zero with a goal about six minutes into the period. Around halfway through the period the Swedes got their first goal of the game. The Swedish goal was a power play one. The Americans scored their fifth goal about twelve minutes into the period. The fifth American goal was the last of the second period, so the period ended with Team USA ahead five to one. Team USA had fourteen shots on goal in the second while Sweden had six.
The United States scored their seventh goal of the game about six minutes into the third period. Their seventh goal was another power play goal. About a minute later they scored their eighth goal. With a little under three minutes left in the period, the United States scored their ninth goal of the game. The third period ended with Team USA winning nine to one.
Team USA now moves on to the women’s hockey Gold Medal game, which will be against the winner of the Canada/Finland game later today. The win ended up being easy for the United States with Sweden only scoring one goal and having only twelve shots on goal compared to the Americans 48 shots on goal. It was redemption for the Americans, who lost to the Swedes at the 2006 Olympics. However, it was kind of a disappointing non-competitive match up for an Olympic semi final game.
At this point it seems the only Olympic worthy match up will be the gold medal game. It is sad to see that in 2006 women’s hockey seemed to become more of a competitive event, but the main competitive team besides the Americans and Canadians was the Swedes and they have already lost to both and neither loss was a close match up.