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Men's Hockey: USA vs. Canada Live Blog

Men's Hockey: USA vs. Canada Live Blog
Posted at 9:51 AM, Feb 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-11 23:16:56-05

FIRST PERIOD

0:00 - We're under way. Jake Sanderson, the Ottawa Senators draft pick whose arrival in Beijing was delayed due to a COVID-19 positive test, is in the lineup and will start in a pairing with Brian Cooper.

Claude Julien takes over from Jeremy Colliton behind the Canada bench. Julien missed the opening game after suffering a rib injury just before the tournament began.

1:24 - GOAL! CANADA 1-0. A blocked pass in the U.S. zone slid out to the side boards where it was picked up by Mat Robinson. Not breaking stride, Robinson fired it on net and it went five-hole on Strauss Mann. Not a good goal to allow so early in an important game.

2:34 - GOAL! USA 1-1. Canada's lead didn't last for long as Andy Miele ties it up. The Americans used speed through the neutral zone to create odd-man rush. With the passing lane to Kenny Agostino blocked, Miele took himself and went backhand shield on Pasquale to make it 1-1.

PREGAME

The U.S. and Canada meet tonight at the Beijing National Indoor Stadium for Group A action in the men’s tournament. The winner of this game will have the edge in the race for the top seed in the group.

Both teams won their opening matchup and the Americans hold a goal differential advantage of plus-4.

Sean Farrell (five points) and goaltender Drew Commesso (29 saves) stood out in the U.S. 8-0 win over China. According to USA hockey, Farrell’s five points were the second most for an American at the Olympics since 1956. It was also the first hat trick for a U.S. player since Phil Kessel in 2014.

Strauss Mann will get the start in goal for the U.S. Canada will go back to Edward Pasquale, who made 24 saves in Canada's opening game win over Germany.

These two teams finish group play on Sunday with the U.S. taking on Germany and Canada playing China.

This game can be streamed on NBCOlympics.com, the NBC Sports app and Peacock, and it is televised nationally on USA Network.