BY: John Mamola
Jamie Benn’s redirect off a Jay Bouwmeester shot-pass was the lone tally in an epic defensive battle between the United States and Canada as the Canadians advance to the gold medal game with a 1-0 victory over Team USA. The US squad came into the game as the highest scoring team in Sochi (19 goals), but Canadian goaltender Carey Price was stellar between the pipes with 31 saves.
Following a scoreless first period which saw Canada outshoot the US 16-11, the United States’ speed and talent just couldn’t keep up with the pace of Team Canada. For much of the final half of the first period and the start of the second period, Canada held the high scoring American attack to only one shot on goal in a thirteen minute timeframe.
Benn’s tally came at the 1:41 mark of the second period off a toss by Bouwemeester from the left circle which slid past USA goalie Jonathan Quick who was screened well by Cory Perry. Following the goal by Benn, the game began to settle down and be a good back and forth with Canada outshooting USA 12-11 in the frame.
Canada’s defensive effort continued in the third period as they held the American’s out of the high scoring areas on the expanded ice. Team Canada’s defense continues to be impressive despite their low scoring in the Olympic games as they’ve only allowed a total of three goals in Sochi, Russia.
Jonathan Quick finished the game with 37 saves for the Americans. Team USA was 0-2 on the power play.
Canada advances to the Gold Medal final to face Sweden and attempt to be the first team to win back-to-back gold medals sine the NHL began sending its players to the Olympics in 1998. Sweden defeated Finland 2-1 earlier in the day. The United States advances to the Bronze medal game tomorrow against Finland with a 10:00am eastern time faceoff.
Tom Jones was born and raised in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied English at the University of South Florida from 1982 to 1986.
He began his writing career with the St. Petersburg Evening Independent in 1985. He then went on to work for the St. Petersburg Times from 1987 to 1991, the Tampa Tribune from 1991 to 1996, the St. Petersburg Times again from 1996 to 2000 and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune from 2000 to 2003. He then rejoined the St. Petersburg Times for a third time in his career in 2003, where he worked ever since.
Jones has spent most of his career covering the NHL, including being a beat writer for more than 15 years of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Minnesota. Wild. He also spent two years on the Tampa Bay Rays beat. He then become a columnist at Times starting in 2007. Jones has won several national and state writing awards, including a top 10 game story in the nation in 1998 as named by the Associated Press Sports Editors.
Over the course of his career, Jones has covered the Olympics, the World Series, the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup finals, baseball and hockey all-star games, the NCAA basketball tournament and the Frozen Four.
Jones lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Patty, and sons, Sam and Andy.
With over two decades of reporting on professional and collegiate sports for the Tampa Bay Times, through performance and work experience in journalism and broadcasting in television and radio, Rick Stroud has cultivated an impressive list of sources and utilized his knowledge to produce an outstanding body of work in both print and electronic mediums.
During his career, Stroud has reported on national sporting events including 22 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball Playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroudâ€™s stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. The stories for which Stroud won second place for Best Investigative Reporting from the Associated Press Sports Editors, led to sanctions against both Gators programs.
Since 2004, Stroud has appeared as an NFL Insider for ESPN2â€™s First Take and is a regular contributor to ESPNâ€™s SportsCenter, NFL Live, Outside the Lines and Herd with Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio. He also contributes to NFL Networkâ€™s Total Access.
Stroud becan covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the National Football League in 1990. Since then, the Bucs have undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum. They also celebrated a Super Bowl XXVII victory. His reporting was referenced in Tony Dungyâ€™s best seller, Quiet Strength, particularly because it was Stroud who informed Dungy of the Bucsâ€™ plan to replace him with Giants Super Bowl coach Bill Parcells.
A former Div. I-A baseball player at Arkansas , Stroud brings a unique perspective to sports reporting. During the NFL lockout in 2011, he also served as one of the Timesâ€™ beat writers responsible for covering the Tampa Bay Rays.