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Canada sets aside disappointment to prevail in bronze-medal game

25 February 2018

No matter which way you break it down, the Germans are at a disadvantage, but they do have one important thing going for them. We are Olympic bronze medallists and we are super proud of that.

Without the players of the National Hockey League, the Canadians had a workforce less formidable than in past GAMES, but their elimination by Germany was, however, a huge counter-performance.

The Russians expected to play for the Olympic men's hockey gold medal for the first time in 20 years.

The two traditional hockey powerhouses have been clinical but not flawless in getting to this point and should have one final chance to get their games in order for what would be a tense final between two longtime rivals.

Perhaps the biggest blow to the country's psyche came on Friday when the men's hockey team, who were twice defending champions, lost a semi-final clash to Germany. The undefeated Czechs may not have the star power of their opponents, but they have played as well as any side in the tournament and will not consider themselves underdogs heading into the semifinal showdown. "They're playing well. They've won two overtime games and last game they were in control".

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Team Canada pushed back hard in the third period, pulling two goals back, but the Germans held on. I know it's not what Canada was hoping for, and it's not what we were hoping for. "We can't look too far ahead". "I think all the athletes who are at the Olympics are allowed to dream and our dream came true and now we're in the top four, so it can't be better that".

"He's been our best player this tournament", Grigorenko said. Vancouver island very own Cassie Sharpe took home gold in the half pipe and Katelyn Osmond became the 6th Canadian woman to earn an individual figure skating medal at the Olympic games.

However, OAR has something the Czech Republic doesn't: a loss.

Goalie Pavel Francouz got the Czechs to the semifinals by stopping the United States in a shootout victory in the quarterfinals.

The Czechs answered 16 seconds later when a whiffed shot found its way to Ruzicka in front with Canadians Chay Genoway and Wolski unable to get to him in time.

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Knowing he needed to do something big to improve his medal chances, Corning went for broke with a backside quad cork 1800. In the final, the scores from each competitor's two best runs were added together to get the final results.

Scrivens' Olympic competition ended in his team's 1-0 win over Finland Feb. 21, when he left the game with an upper body injury.

"Everybody talks about 1976 and winning bronze medal, and now for the next 50 years they're going to talk about us", German defenseman Christian Ehrhoff said.

"And obviously minimum wage has gone up quite a bit, so if there's not demand and staff is here, it's a little different story than it was back in 2014".

A Slovenian hockey player and a Japanese speedskater also both left the games after failing tests.

Germany took the lead in the first period on a five-on-three power-play goal by Brooks Macek, who was born in Winnipeg, Canada, and played his junior hockey in his homeland.

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Canada sets aside disappointment to prevail in bronze-medal game