The Olympic Games have brought plenty of excitement to hockey fans all around.
The first game of the day was the Women's match between Team Finland vs. Team Switzerland. It was a pretty close game, as the Swiss came back from a 2 goal deficit to force overtime. In overtime, Jenni Hiirikoski netted her second goal of the game to win it for Team Finland 4-3.
The big game was the Women's Team Canada - Team USA game, which was an incredibly exciting game with several chances for both teams. The USA played very well against Canada for two periods, entering the third with a 1-0 lead. And then it all fell apart. Canada scored on a Meghan Agosta power-play goal two minutes into the third, and less than two minutes later, Canada pushed another puck past the goal line. Unfortunately for Canada, this happened after the whistle blew, but even more unfortunately for the United States, the refs apparently didn't care. A 2-1 lead for Canada. Meghan Agosta scored another goal with a beautiful breakaway right up the middle of the ice, and the United States retaliated with a too-little-too-late goal with a minute left. Canada won 3-2, and a longer recap can be found here.
For the Men's Tournament, Group C played today. The Czech Republic faced off against Team Sweden, who is regarded as one of the favorites for the tournament. And Team Sweden played like a favorite, scoring 4 goals before the Czechs even answered. Erik Karlsson was the hero for the Swedes, scoring 2 goals on the day. Also notable was that Oliver-Ekman Larsson notched two assists, and that Jaromir Jagr scored a goal, which he has done in each of the last 5 Olympics.
And as for the Minnesota Wild players, our boy Nino Niederreiter and Team Switzerland played Team Latvia in a game the Swiss were big favorites in. But then something happened. Team Latvia's goalie, Edgars Masalskis got hot. Super hot. He kept Latvia in the game when his team couldn't score, saving 38 shots until 7.9 seconds remained on the clock. And then, in dramatic fashion, Team Switzerland scored a goal that was originally credited to El Nino, but was later credited to Simon Moser. However, Nino played very well in the game, registering 4 shots on goal.
Tomorrow, Wild fans will get to see Mikael Granlund, Zach Parise, and Ryan Suter take the ice when Finland faces Austria at 2 AM (CST), and the United States plays Slovakia. We'll be here with coverage on those games tomorrow.