by Samantha Washburn 2-14-14
The 2014 Olympic Hockey tournament is officially over. It is hard not to look back at the 2010 games in Vancouver and not see the parallels between the two tournaments.
In the Women’s tournament, Canada and the United States faced off once again in the Gold Medal game. This year, much like four years ago, the United States came up short. Losing 3 to 2 in a close game. Back in 2010 the US lost two to zero in the game.Marie-Phillip Poulin who scored the equalizing goal and the game winning goal in the gold medal game for Canada this year also scored the two goals for in Vancouver.
It is interesting to note that in the games four years ago, there was a similar lineup of winners. On the Women’s side Canada won gold, the US won silver and Finland won bronze and on the Men’s the countries that won the medals were exactly the same in that order.
That was not destined to happen this year because Canada and the US were slated to play in the Semifinal round of the men’s tournament. Canada came out on top winning one to zero. Back in 2010 Canada beat the US three to two in the gold medal game.In both 2010 and this year, Finland won the bronze medal in the mens tournament. This year Finland defeated the United States five to zero the day after Finland had been defeated by it’s 2010 bronze medal opponents from Sweden. The same day the United States lost their Olympic rematch to Canada.