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At The Games – Sat. Feb.27th

In At the Games Baby on March 3, 2010 by geespotting

Just 2 days left in the Games…and Canada gaining momentum! Check the deets (as the kids would say):

CHERYL BERNARD

– Just as Canadians expect Gold in hockey, on both the ladies and mens side, the same can be said for curling. For Bernard and her rink, the pressure was on for Gold, and the pressure to upend Sweden’s Annette Norberg. Well, that pressure, sided with Norberg’s Olympic experience lead to the Swedish comeback. Canada had a chance to win, but, a mistake cost them the Gold. In the end, Bernard and her rink will be proud of their accomplishment, but, a tough pill to swallow in such a close game.

CHARLES HAMELIN

– It has been a tough Games for Hamelin, and the Canadian short track team, but, redemption on Hamelin’s best distance. He won the 500m Gold in a tight race where a wipeout in the last turn cost the Koreans a chance for yet another Gold medal. The crash was the fault of Apolo Ohno, who was disqualified, which meant the 4th place finisher would pick up a Bronze. That finisher…a Canadian short track veteran in Francois-Louis Tremblay!

SHORT TRACK RELAY

– A disappointing Games for the short track team turned to jubilation in a few short hours after the 4 x 5,000 relay warranted Canada another Gold! A dream for the Hamelin brothers came true as both Charles and Francois will stand on the same podium, along with Francois-Louis Tremblay (his 2nd medal in that short span) and Louis Jean. It was even more fitting for the Canadian foursome to win, as they knocked off the powerful Korean team to win Gold!

MEN’S HOCKEY

– The semi-finals line up the Canada / U.S. re-match.

GAME ONE – UNITED STATES 6, FINLAND 1.

– A shocking result as the Yanks had a 6-0 first period lead with 7 minutes to go. The Finns had absolutely nothing, and didn’t change Kiprusoff in goal until it was 4-0, and 4 goals to late. The rest of the game the U.S. put it on cruise and rolled to the Gold Medal spot.

STARS 1. Patrick Kane, U.S. (2 goals)

2. Ryan Malone, U.S. (goal and assist)

3. Zach Parise, U.S. (goal and assist)

GAME TWO – CANADA 3, SLOVAKIA 2.

– The Canadians started strong, but, began to fade as the game carried on. The Slovaks kept battling, and battling, and almost tied the game when Pavol Demitra was robbed with seconds to go by his Canucks team-mate Roberto Luongo!

STARS 1. Ryan Getzlaf, CAN. (goal and assist)

2. Jaroslav Halak, SLO. (25 saves)

3. Chris Pronger, CAN. (2 assists)

FRONTRUNNERS

– The U.S. continues to dominate the medal standings, rolling up to 32 now, compared to the 26 for Germany.

THE CANADA METER

Medal expectations so far: 25

Medals: 21

– All in all, expected medals for Canada in curling and short-track, but, Tremblay’s Bronze in the 500m short-track was the suprise.

…The weekend here…and 2 days to go. More from Geespotting at the Games!

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