Winter Olympics 2014 hockey results: Canada women down USA, and men's play opens up

Martin Rose

A full day of Olympic hockey featured two games on the women's sides, and the opening two games of the men's tournament.

Women's

Finland 4 Switzerland 3 (OT)

After having played their first two games against the tournament powerhouses in the United States and Canada, Finland and Switzerland got a crack at a more competitive tilt. And it played out as such, with teams needing overtime, before Jenni Hiirikoski scored to give Finland the victory. Noora Raty didn't have her usual workload in net for the Finns, and had a bit of an off game, allowing three goals on 27 shots, but was still able to do enough for the victory.

Canada 3 USA 2

In the most anticipated game of the women's tournament thus far, the two rivals did not disappoint. Leading up to the Games, the American women had defeated the Canadians four consecutive times, but the defending gold-A full day of Olympic hockey featured two games on the women's sides, and the opening two games of the men's tournament.medal winners exacted a measure of revenge on Tuesday, handing the USA its first loss of the tournament. The Americans took a 1-0 lead, before three straight Canadian goals flipped the script. A frantic, late push by the Americans cut the deficit to one with an extra attacker on the ice, but that's as close as USA would get, and the Canadians held on for a 3-2 win.

Men's

Switzerland 1 Latvia 0

Edgar Masalskis gave Latvia a chance to steal a game against Switzerland, but with only 7.9 seconds left, Simon Moser through a puck off a Latvian defenseman for the game's lone goal. Masalskis was spectacular, making 38 saves, many against Damien Brunner and Nino Niederreiter. In the end, though, the Swiss' puck possession and zone-time was too much for the Latvians to overcome.

Sweden 4 Czech Republic 2

Goaltending was not thought to be one of the strengths for the Czechs entering the 2014 tournament, and Sweden jumped out to a 4-0 leads in the game's first 24 minutes before holding off a late rally for a 4-2 win. Erik Karlsson was strong for the Swedes, scoring two goals, while fellow defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson added two assists. Henrik Lunqvist made 27 saves, including 15 in the third to backstop Sweden to the victory.

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