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Live updates of USA vs. Canada women’s hockey Group A preliminary match

The prequel to the seemingly inevitable gold medal match is tonight. We’ll follow along live during USA vs. Canada in women’s hockey at the 2022 Winter Olympics

Athletes of the United States react during the ice hockey women’s Group A match between the United States and Switzerland at Wukesong Sports Centre in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 6, 2022. Photo by Meng Yongmin/Xinhua via Getty Images

1:22 a.m. FINAL: Canada 4, USA 2

A terrific job of game management by the Canadians to kill the game off after some shaky defending and goalkeeping gave them a two-goal lead. Despite winning in shots on goal 52-27, and generating six power plays to one for Canada, it was never in doubt the last 25 minutes.

We’ll see you back here in eight days for what should be the rematch. And that one will be for the gold medal.

1:20 a.m. Canada is blocking shots like their truckers are blocking roads. Interesting to see the blocked shot numbers on this game when it’s over.

1:18 a.m. Blayre Turnbull trips Roque with 2:37 left, and Maddie Rooney comes out to give the USA a 6-on-4 with 2:37 remaining. Also Grace Zumwinkle took a rough hit and barely gets to the bench. The States need two, and have a power play to get one.

1:13 a.m. A strong game for a few US players, but Abby Roque is amongst the top of that list. She’s 100% on her faceoffs, and six shots in 19 shifts so far. Alex Carpenter has seven shots in 20 shifts to lead all players, and also tallied the prettiest goal of the game.

Shots are now 52-26 USA, but Canada still leads 4-2.

1:08 a.m. The lid on the goal remains for Team USA, who keeps putting pucks on net but not really with much quality. The idea has changed here too, as it’s just fire everything on net time and try to get a deflection or rebound. Not a lot of pretty looks for the Americans here in the third, and the penalty has been killed

Shots are 16-4 in the third for the Americans, but just one or two quality chances at best.

1:04 a.m. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for shooting the puck after the whistle is assessed to Canada’s Rebecca Johnston at 10:00 exactly. A really bad penalty to take, especially with the Americans getting closer on that same shift while just swamping the net.

1:01 a.m. The Canadians certainly aren’t turtling, but they aren’t exactly looking to play wide-open hockey either. The third defender is getting back a bit earlier, and there’s also some quality forechecking coming from the team with the lead. It’s good game management.

10:50 to play in the match, and the States still need a pair.

12:54 a.m. The Americans are going forward, leading 7-1 on shots on goal early in the 3rd, and 39-22 overall. But Desbiens has been up to the task without much difficulty. Team USA needs a pair in the next 15 minutes, or they’ll be wearing the road jerseys in the gold medal match.

12:48 a.m. Puck dropped. For 20 more minutes, let’s do that hockey.

12:35 a.m. After 2nd Period: Canada 4, USA 2

The Americans are still ahead 32-21 via shots on goal, but some pretty poor defending and goalkeeping from the USA means Canada takes the two-goal lead to intermission. The chances are there for America, but the question is can they prevent marginal chances from becoming quality ones?

It was a much more fun period with plenty of wide open action, and live-blogging hockey without the NHL’s three TV timeouts per period is tougher than you’d think.

12:31 a.m. GOAL CANADA: Canada’s Jocelyne Laroque gets two minutes for interference, but during the penalty kill Marie-Phillip Poulin breaks away and splits the blue liners. She’s hauled down by the USA’s Cayla Barnes, and with four seconds remaining on the USA power play Canada is deservedly given a penalty shot.

Poulin dekes Rooney pretty good, and it’s 4-2 with 2:35 left in the second.

Canada 4, USA 2

12:26 a.m. Some good news for referee Cianna Lieffers, who is back in the game with a few stitches after getting high sticked in the face by Amanda Kessel earlier in this perid. She’s tough; she’s a hockey ref.

12:24 a.m. GOAL CANADA: Jamie Lee Rattray buries a rebound after a fake wraparound attempt by Natalie Spooner. Micah Zandee-Hart gets the second helper. The USA defense really not moving their skates, and a nice piece of skill from the Canadians.

The goal over/under hits at DraftKings comes in with 5:35 remaining in the second.

Canada 3, USA 2

12:20 a.m. GOAL USA: On the power play, Amanda Kessel finds Alex Carpenter, who backhands it top shelf where Grandma hides the maple syrup with 8:26 remaining. A beauty from both of them. But 26 seconds later...

GOAL CANADA: Brianne Jenner gets her second, with Sarah Nurse setting her up for a one-timer Maddie Rooney probably would have liked to have better position on at 8:00 exactly. WSHEW!

Canada 2, USA 2

12:14 a.m. And now the Americans are back on the power play following a boarding call on Emily Clark. They’re 0-2 so far with the extra player, but breaking that streak here would go a long way towards a victory.

12:11 a.m. GOAL USA: Dani Cameranesi follows her shot from inside the right circle, and buries her own rebound. Kelly Pannek and Cayla Barnes get the helpers with 10:43 remaining.

Canada 1, USA 1

12:10 a.m. We solved today’s Wordle during live play because this is a lot of skating and possession, but not a lot of scoring opportunities. The USA leads 26-13 on shots on goal, but the actual goals remain 1-0 Maple Leafs.

12:06 a.m. Two good chances for America on the man advantage, and a third with Alex Carpenter missing with a wrister while aiming high glove. But it’s still a shutout for Canada and we’re back at even strength.

12:04 a.m. The replacement official call Claire Thompson for a hook as Hillary Knight was almost in clear. A penalty you have to take, and Team USA gets to their second power play with 16:31 remaining in the second.

12:00 a.m. Referee down! Amanda Kessel just unintentionally took out the referee with a high stick, and she’s taken to the locker room. We’ll get an update as soon as we can, but it looked brutal.

11:57 p.m. The puck has been dropped for the second period, and we are underway. Canada’s Jamie Lee Rattray gets the first shot on goal of the period and charges the crease, but Maddie Rooney holds on without much issue.

11:45 p.m. After 1st Period: Canada 1, USA 0.

Team USA ahead 16-5 on shots on goal, and certainly had the run of play. If we had Natural Stat Trick for the Olympics, it’s fair to say the States would be ahead on expected goals.

Abby Roque led all players with four shots, but the Canadians cashed in their man advantage and the US did not. Despite the even strength domination, the puck luck was not there.

11:36 p.m. And now the USA gets a man advantage, as Laura Stacey goes to the box for a hook with 3:35 to go in the first period. The States lead 14-3 in shots on goal, but trail 1-0 on the scoreboard.

11:34 p.m. GOAL CANADA: On the power play, Brianne Jenner posts up unencumbered on the left post, and beats Maddie Rooney high and glove side off a tic-tac-toe from Sarah Fillier and Marie-Phillip Poulin. The Canadians made that look easy, and that penalty appears to have flipped momentum.

Canada 1, USA 0

11:32 p.m. With 6:25 remaining in the first, Caroline Harvey takes the first penalty of the game via a pretty clear crosscheck. Good call.

11:25 p.m. What a shift by the USA. Abbey Murphy beats Canada’s Ann-Renee Desbiens, but she finds the post. Then Kendall Coyne with a slapper from just inside the blue line that gets behind, but is also cleared. The team in blue is flying, and holds a 12-2 shot advantage.

Who’s actually the underdog here?

11:20 p.m. Through five minutes the States leads on shots on goal at 4-2, but no great chances yet. Both teams looking to carry it 200 feet and find a teammate if they can, and not a lot of standing anyone up at the blue line by either side so far.

11:16 p.m. Yes, these teams loathe each other, and there’s plenty of dislike on both sides. But if you’re new to women’s hockey, and our stats indicate many readers might be, keep in mind there’s no body checking permitted. A few people have advocated to change this, but it’s always been the rule.

Some incidental physical contact is permitted, but you can’t lay someone out like you’re Scott Stevens in his prime.

11:11 p.m. The puck is dropped, and here we go!

10:40 p.m. Here’s the lines for Team Canada and Team USA

There have been seven women’s hockey gold medals issued at the Winter Olympics, and six of them came down to the United States vs. Canada for the gold medal. And that’s going to happen again this year.

But first we get a preliminary game between these two lifelong enemies across the 49th Parallel. So far in this tournament Canada has a goal differential of +26, with the USA at +16. With respect to the emerging women’s hockey nations of the world, this tournament is a race for the bronze medal amongst eight teams, and two teams going for gold.

We’ll be here to track all the action all night long, with live updates including by the odds.

Right now at DraftKings Sportsbook, Canada is the favorite at -150 to win, making the Americans a +125 underdog. The over/under is set at five goals, with the under a -145 favorite.

We’ll be back before puck drop with any updates from Beijing.

How to watch USA vs. Canada, 2022 Group A women’s hockey game

Time: 11:10 p.m. ET
Where: Wukesong Sports Centre, Beijing, China
TV: USA Network
Live stream: Peacock