Thursday, February 13, 2014
(Sochi, Russia) -- The U.S. women's hockey team is digesting its first loss of the Olympic tournament. Team USA dropped a 3-2 decision to three-time defending gold medalist Canada in preliminary-round play. Hilary Knight staked the U.S. to a 1-0 lead late in the second period, but the Canadians scored three straight goals in the third and hung on. Brianna Decker added a late goal for the Americans, but it was not enough. The U.S. fell to 2-and-1 in Group A, while Canada improved to 3-and-0. The Canadians have won 18 straight Olympic matches, with their last loss to the U.S. in the 1998 gold medal game in Nagano.