Five Gophers to Compete for Gold in Sochi

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Amanda Kessel
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Feb. 19, 2014

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MINNEAPOLIS – Five current and former Golden Gopher women's hockey players will compete for gold when Team USA takes on Canada in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games women's hockey championship game this Thursday.

Megan Bozek, Amanda Kessel, Gigi Marvin, Anne Schleper and Lee Stecklein look to help Team USA win its first Olympic gold in women's hockey since 1998. Canada has won the last three Olympic gold medals, topping the U.S. in 2010 and 2002 and defeating Sweden in 2006.

The five Team USA Gophers have combined for 16 points on five goals and 11 assists in four games so far, led by Kessel's six points (3g-3a) and Bozek's five points (1g-4a). Schleper (1g-2a) has three points, and Marvin and Stecklein each have one assist.

Sweden and Switzerland face off in the bronze medal games at 6:30 a.m. CT Thursday before Team USA and Canada take the ice at 11 a.m. CT in a rematch of the 2010 Olympic gold-medal game.

With a 4-2 quarterfinal loss to Sweden, Noora Raty, Mira Jalosuo and Finland were knocked out of medal contention and wrapped up their Olympic tournament with two wins in the classification round.

GopherSports.com takes a look at how the Gophers fared in the semifinal and classification games.

Women's Semifinal Results

Feb. 17: Team USA 6, Sweden 1
The United States had a strong offensive performance in the Olympic semifinal match on Monday, defeating Sweden 6-1. The U.S. scored three goals in the opening period, and continued the scoring in the second period with two more goals to bring the score to 5-0. Sweden scored a late goal in the third period, but Team USA answered three minutes later with a goal of its own to bring the final score to 6-1. Kessel contributed two points by scoring one goal in the first period and recording one assist. Bozek recorded three points for the U.S. with one goal and two assists. Marvin also had assist in the game and six shots on goal.

Feb. 17: Canada 3, Switzerland 1

Women's Classification Results

Feb. 16: Finland 2, Germany 1
Finland won its first game in the women’s classification round after topping Germany 2-1. Finland got out to an early 1-0 lead after scoring in the first 1:15 of play. Finland added to its lead seven minutes later to bring the score to 2-0. Germany battled back to within one after a goal in the second period, but Finland was able to hold on to the lead. Raty recorded 20 saves to help lead the Finnish team to victory. Jalosuo contributed to Finland’s offensive effort with three shots on goal and logged 18:27 of ice time.

Feb. 16: Russia 6, Japan 3

Feb. 18: Germany 3, Japan 2

Feb. 18: Finland 4, Russia 0
Finland blanked Russia 4-0 in the women’s classification round on Monday. Finland scored in the first period to give the team the 1-0 advantage. One minute later, Finland scored again, putting them two goals ahead of the Russian team. Finland scored another pair of goals within one minute of each other in the third period to bring the score to 4-0. Raty recorded her first shutout of the Olympic Games and denied 19 Russian shots on goal in the win.

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