Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/12/14 at 10:03 AM ET
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
There was some history, but not the kind the U.S. women’s hockey team had in mind at Shayba Arena on Wednesday afternoon. When Hilary Knight tipped a shot behind Charline Labonte it was the first time Canada had trailed at an Olympics through 1,075 minutes 34 seconds of game play.
But that didn’t keep Canada from extending its win streak at this event to 18 games – dating all the way back to the 1998 final in Nagano – thanks to a disputed Hailey Wickenheiser goal in the third period. Consider it another layer to the hottest rivalry in women’s hockey.
Wickenheiser had already found Meghan Agosta-Marciano with a gorgeous pass to tie things up early in the third period when her shot trickled past American goaltender Jessie Vetter just 93 seconds later. The only problem was that referee Anna Eskola had clearly blown the whistle before it crossed the goal-line.
However, the goal survived a video review – much to the dismay of U.S. coach Katey Stone – and helped lift Canada to a 3-2 victory in its final round robin game.
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