The Canadian men got to hit the ice for the first time in the 2018 Olympics and the women got to hit the Americans.
Team Canada came out flying Wednesday night against USA in a very physical contest. When you think of women’s hockey you don’t think of a gritty Montreal vs Boston rivalry type game, but this was exactly what this was. Meghan Agosta and Sarah Nurse gave Canada all the offence they needed in a 2-1 win. Geneviève Lacasse was stellar between the pipes for the Canadians and really complicates the goalie situation even more.
Just to clear this up now, I have no clue what the heck Laura Shuler was trying to do with her goalie situation. If her goal was to get her eventual starter as little of game time as possible during the tournament she succeeded. To rotate three goalies through three round robin games is mind boggling. Now no goalie can get in a rhythm and unless Lacasse rolls through the rest of the tournament no goalie will have played two games in a row.
We put a poll up on Twitter, let us know who you think should start in the semi-finals on Monday (versus either Russia or Switzerland).
Now to the men’s game. Canada may have prepared a bit extra Wednesday after seeing the Americans and Russians lose their tournament openers. The non NHL boys came to play, former Colorado Avalanche players Wojtek Wolski & Rene Bourque each had two bingos while Maxim Noreau had the other in a 5-1 win over Switzerland. The team really had that chemistry from the get go and looked like the Spengler Cup team we got to see over Christmas break. Other than being outshot by the Swiss, there weren’t too many negatives to take from this game.
Ben Scrivens was impressive in net (that’s coming from a guy who thinks Poulin and Barry Brust should be the goalies), but Scrivens looked like he formed his game a bit more modern for this tournament. His general hybrid style looked a bit tweaked towards the common butterfly goalie and really looked comfortable in net.
Cody Janzen, @Janner31