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At The Games – Thu. Feb.25th

In At the Games Baby on February 28, 2010 by geespotting

Thirteen games now through the chute…and the final few days upon us. Here is a run-down of the Wednesday:

CLARA HUGHES

– Like Cindy Klassen before her, Hughes was supposed to be at these Games to provide some experience and support for our other long-track skaters. Despite the fact that she is a former medallist, many were predicting some of the younger guard to pick up some of the hardware, but, in the ladies 5,000, it was Hughes who surprised all, and was able to snag a bronze. Her accomplishments leave her as the only Olympian to ever medal TWICE in both the Summer and Winter Games. One of the great Canadians of all time? Scratch that. One of the great Olympians of all time!

BOBSLED DOUBLE

– It was the two woman event, and it was the 2 medal event for Canadians. What a performance as Kallie Humphries & Heather Moyse were the quickest through 4 heats and delivered a Golden finish for Canada. Many thought that the threat for Canada would be from German and American sleds…but, it was another Canadian tandem that had that shot. For Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown, an expected podium finish in the form of Silver!

THE SHORT-TRACK GALS

– For Canada’s short-track relay team, a Silver lining to up and down week or so. For the most part, these Games were disappointing for Kalyna Roberge, who was supposed to snag a medal at some point individually, but, that did not happen. On the flip side, a surprise medal for Marianne St. Gelais, a member of the team who many figured wouldn’t be a factor for another 4 years and the Russian Games. To place second, and pick up Silver, was a nice end for these ladies, especially considering that it would take a miracle to knock off the South Koreans. The miracle here was that the Chinese were disqualified for an early bump, and that bumped up Canada from Bronze to Silver!

MEN’S HOCKEY

– The quarter final round, like qualifying the day before, provided a couple of surprises. Let’s review:

GAME ONE – UNITED STATES 2, SWITZERLAND 0.

– This game was an odd one for sure. Jonas Hiller once again stood on his head, and a mistake of his nearly cost the Swiss a 1-0 deficit in the last second of the second period. The goal didn’t count, but, then a puck had a mind of it’s own, and turned 90 degrees to give the Yanks a third period lead…and the win.

STARS 1. Zach Parise, U.S. (2 goals)

2. Brian Rafalski, U.S. (1 assist)

3. Jonas Hiller, SWI. (42 saves)

GAME TWO – CANADA 7, RUSSIA 3.

– This was the game everyone was talking about, and afterwards, they were still talking about it. Canada’s pressure on the Russians was relentless from the get-go, and proved to be a lopsided win, and provided a momentary sense of calm and relief across the Nation! As for the Sid the Kid – Alex the Great 8 showdown…it was a non factor as both players were almost invisible.

STARS 1. Dan Boyle, CAN. (goal and 2 assists)

2. Ryan Getzlaf, CAN. (1 goal and 2 assists)

3. Corey Perry, CAN. (2 goals)

GAME THREE – FINLAND 2, CZECHS O.

– Like the U.S./Swiss game, this was one was scoreless and tight, but, obviously a little more evenly played. In the end, the Finns struck with under 10 minutes to go, and bounced the Czechs.

STARS 1. Miikka Kiprusoff, FIN. (31 saves, shutout)

2. Niklas Hagman, FIN. (game winning goal, 7 shots)

3. Tomas Vokoun, CZE. (29 saves)

GAME FOUR – SLOVAKIA 4, SWEDEN 3.

– The stunner of the quarters as the Slovaks discarded the defending Gold medal champions. The shocking part was that Slovakia connected for 4 goals on just 14 shots! Jaroslav Halak proving to be on the stories of the tourny so far in leading Slovakia to their first ever medal chance, and top 4 finish.

STARS 1. Pavol Demitra, SLO. (goal and 2 assists)

2. Henrik Zetterberg, SWE. (1 goal)

3. Jaroslav Halak, SLO. (26 saves)

The semi-final showdowns:

1. United States vs. 4. Finland

6. Canada vs. 7. Slovakia

– Could another Canada / U.S. showdown be on it’s way?

FRONTRUNNERS

– Still a two horse race, as the U.S. is ahead of Germany in the total medal count 28-24.

THE CANADA METER

Medal expectations so far: 20

Medals: 15

– A great day for our athletes, as we picked up bonus, and suprise medals in the ladies 2 woman bobsled, and the Clara Hughes bronze in long track!

…Today, another U.S. Canada battle in ladies hockey, and a Canadian medal guaranteed! That’s Geespotting at the Games!

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