2022 Winter Olympics – Team USA men’s hockey eliminated, USA win 1-2 in slopestyle and more action in Beijing
The USA men’s hockey team lost a heartbreaker 3-2 to Slovakia in Wednesday’s shootout at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Meanwhile, Team USA won gold and silver in the men’s freestyle slopestyle, as Alex Hall and Nick Goepper finished 1-2 in the event.
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USA men’s hockey stunned, eliminated
Slovakia stunned Team USA in their Olympic men’s ice hockey quarter-final 3-2, tying the game in the final minute of regulation time and then knocking out the top seed from the tournament in Wednesday’s shootout in Beijing . Former Boston Bruins winger Peter Cehlarik scored the only goal of the shootout on Slovakia’s fourth attempt, beating American goaltender Strauss Mann (34 saves).
The United States failed on all five shots against Slovakia goalkeeper Patrik Rybar (33 saves), including captain Andy Miele’s final attempt. Team USA leaves Beijing without a medal, making those three consecutive Olympics without one. Her last piece of equipment at the Winter Games was the silver medal she won in Vancouver in 2010. Team USA hasn’t won gold since winning the “Miracle on Ice” title in 1980 .
– Team USA (@TeamUSA) February 16, 2022
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 16, 2022
As Team USA fans mourned the upheaval, the mood in the rinks around Slovakia was naturally celebratory. Slovak Ice Hockey Federation president Miroslav Šatan shared a video that sums up the energy perfectly.
While we had our Olympic shootout against the United States in China..this is what early morning practice looked like in many small arenas in Slovakia.. pic.twitter.com/Hipex9Yegv
— Miroslav Šatan (@miro81s) February 16, 2022
What went wrong for the American team?
When the NHL pulled out of the Winter Olympics, USA Hockey opted to bring a roster of mainly NCAA players to Beijing. For three games he looked brilliant: he finished first overall after group play (3-0-0), including a victory over rivals Canada, and had the best goal differential (plus- 11) of the tournament. But that inexperience really caught up with the Americans in their stunning quarter-final shootout loss to Slovakia, an eighth seed the Americans really should have put aside.
After Sam Hentges’ goal gave the United States a 2-1 lead in the second period, the Americans lost 6 minutes and 38 seconds on the power play before Slovakia tied the game with less than a minute to go. in the third period. That included 58 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play in the third period, and another power play with less than five minutes left. It felt like Slovakia sticking their chin out, waiting for a knockout that never happened.
Instead, Marek Hrivik scored with 44 seconds left in regulation time after Slovakia pulled off Rybar to level the game. Cehlarik scored the only shootout goal, and Rybar (33 saves) did the rest to eliminate the Americans.
There are other lingering issues of loss. What if Brian O’Neill, a top forward and the only returning player from the 2018 Olympics, didn’t injure his foot on a blocked shot and leave the game after just 9:16 of ice time? What if puck-moving defenseman Jake Sanderson, who was so solid in Team USA’s win over Canada, had been available for that 3-on-3 overtime? Why on earth did coach David Quinn leave the brilliant Matty Beniers, his best player in overtime, on the bench for five shootout attempts?
In the end, those “Miracle on Ice” comparisons that this American team was getting were applicable — in that a scrappy underdog shocked a top-seeded team. –Greg Wyshynski
Hamelin emerges victorious
Canadian Charles Hamelin ended his career in short track speed skating with a gold medal in the men’s 5,000 meter relay on Wednesday.
The Canadian team of Hamelin, Steven Dubois, Jordan Pierre-Gilles and Pascal Dion finished in 6:41.257, edging South Korea by 0.422 seconds, while Italy took bronze.
This victory gives Hamelin six Olympic medals in his career on the ice. The win at Capital Indoor Stadium allowed her to tie Cindy Klassen as Canada’s most decorated Winter Olympian.
In a thrilling finish, Canada led for much of the race as China crashed out to finish eight seconds off the pace. –Tom Hamilton
— Team Canada (@TeamCanada) February 16, 2022
Freeskiers Hall and Goepper win gold and silver
US freeskiers Hall and Goepper clinched gold and silver in freeski slopestyle on Wednesday morning, the best result for Team USA since Goepper won a third of the US sweep of the event at the 2014 Sochi Games .
“It’s amazing,” Hall said after the event as he and Goepper celebrated at the bottom of the course, draped in American flags.
— US Ski and Snowboard Team (@usskiteam) February 16, 2022
Hall won the contest in his first round, which included arguably the toughest and most unique skill of the day: a 900 pull-back, a trick in which Hall threw a double cork 1080 but stopped the spin early and brought the spin down to a 900 before landing. For his part, Goepper was the only rider to use the side launch on his second jump, a 1440 straight double cork. won his third slopestyle medal as many Games and his second silver medal. Goepper is the only triple medalist of the event. Jesper Tjader of Norway won bronze. –Alyssa Roenigk
American women and men fall in curling
The US, lost a tough 7-6 game to Canada in women’s curling, but not before a fight.
.@TeamPetersonUSA MATCHED THE GAME!
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 16, 2022
After trailing 4-1, the USA came back to tie the game at 6 in the 10th end before Canada took the victory by one point. Canadian Jennifer Jones executed a perfect 8-foot play with her final rock draw for the win. The loss brings the U.S. women’s record to 4-4. With a playoff spot still achievable, they next face Japan.
American men are in a very similar situation. They fell to Italy 10-4 earlier in the day but are still in a position to qualify for the playoffs. Tied for fourth place with the Russian Olympic Committee, the United States will next face Denmark in a must-win situation. If the Americans win, they’ll be 5-5 in Beijing, the same record that took them to the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics playoffs. they qualify for the playoffs, based on the performance of the other nine teams. –Aishwarya Kumar
Marino withdraws from competition following logo dispute
A week after winning silver in snowboard slopestyle at the Beijing Olympics, American snowboarder Julia Marino has withdrawn from Monday’s big air qualifier. On Instagram on Tuesday, Marino revealed the reason, writing that the International Olympic Committee had asked her to cover the Prada logo on the base of her board or be disqualified from the event.