Team Canada defenceman Jocelyne Larocque has apologized for what she called an emotional reaction following her team's shootout loss to the U.S.in Thursday's gold medal hockey game.
"It's unfortunate that it had to come down to a shootout", said forward Meghan Agosta, who scored once in the shootout but was stopped by US goalie Maddie Rooney on the final attempt. It's fair to say that the U.S. team was stacked with great players and they earned their medal - even though that breaks my heart to say. "I think we left it all on the ice".
The NHL uses shootouts to settle regular-season games after a five-minute overtime, but the playoffs continue with successive, 20-minute overtime periods until someone scores.
In the three games, Team USA won the gold, silver and bronze, consecutively.
"He said, 'Hey, let's form our own Team of Rejects and see what we can do,"' USA second Matt Hamilton said. "That was more exciting for everybody to watch", hockey fan Katie Pernsteiner of Eagan said.
"When at the end of all that, someone gives you the glittering symbol of your failure, what are you supposed to do?"
The U.S. Women's Olympic team is comprised of the same players who demanded parity with their counterpart male hockey players last spring. Team USA won the shootout, thanks to Jocelyn Lamoruex-Morando who scored in the first round of the extra round and to US goaltender Maddie Rooney blocked Team Canada's Meghan Agosta.
After the game, Canada's athletes stood solemnly as silver medals were placed around their necks. On Thursday, they were looking to extend that streak against the United States, a team they had faced for the Gold Medal in the previous 2 Winter Olympics. Fans everywhere are calling her out for being "unsportsmanlike" and a "sore loser". She shot the puck into Rooney's pad, and it skittered toward the crease, inching toward the goal line.
That day, a story popped up on his Facebook timeline about Dan Jansen, the American speedskater who kept returning to the Olympics until he finally won a gold medal.
"He's been our best player this tournament", Russian forward Mikhail Grigorenko said of Koshechkin. "But, in my honest opinion, a game like that should never be decided by a shootout". "He made some huge saves tonight, and he was good". And she said she knows what it's like to feel you've let an entire country down.
The reigning world silver medallist from Marystown, N.L., skating to music from "Black Swan", scored 152.15 in her long program for a combined score of 231.02.
The Swiss rink leapt in the air to celebrate, before quickly remembering their manners to shake hands with their clearly deflated opponents - after which they regathered for a mass hug.
Understandably, Larocque was devastated from this crushing loss, but refusing to wear her medal during the entire ceremony was definitely an "unsportsmanlike" thing to do.