Canadian Trail: Jennifer Jones, women’s hockey team capture gold
Women’s curling, hockey teams unbeaten in Sochi
It was total Canadian domination in both curling and hockey rinks on Thursday in Sochi.
At the Bolshoy Ice Dome, Canada’s women’s hockey team pulled and incredible comeback to defeat longtime rival Team USA 3-2 in overtime and successfully defend their gold medal from Vancouver four years ago.
The Canadians rallied from a 2-0 deficit with less than four minutes to play.
Brianne Jenner of Oakville, Ont. sparked the comeback with 3:26 left in regulation, and Marie-Philip Poulin of Beauceville, Que. forced the overtime with only 54.6 seconds remaining.
Poulin, who scored two goals in Vancouver’s final, would then score the Golden Goal to give Canada its fourth consecutive Olympic title.
Different sport, same outcome
Earlier on the day, it was a different sport but the same result.
Jennifer Jones and her Winnipeg rink defeated Sweden's Margaretha Sigfridsson 6-3 in the women’s curling final and capped an outstanding Olympic streak of 11 consecutive wins.
The Canadians also made curling history, becoming the first team to go unbeaten in the Olympics.
It was Canada’s first gold medal since Sandra Schmirler’s victory in Nagano 1998.
Elsewhere along the Trail:
- Calgary’s Brady Leman was fourth in men's ski cross after crashing in the final. Teammates Chris Del Bosco of Montreal and Dave Duncan of London, Ont., finished 17th and 26th respectively.
- Rosalind Groenewoud of Calgary finished seventh in women’s ski halfpipe, while Keltie Hansen of Edmonton was 13th. The event made its Olympic debut in Sochi.
- Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, N.L., skated to a season’s best performance in the women’s figure skating free program, enough for 13th place. Teammate Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., posted a personal best during the event for a 17th finish.