CANADA WINS GOLD, SAKIC NAMED MVP
TEAM CANADA defeated TEAM USA 5-2 to win the 2002 Olympic Gold Medal for the first time in 50 years. Former Swift Current Bronco, Joe Sakic was named the tournament MVP.
Game Story and Summary courtesy of canadianhockey.ca
Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team followed in their female counterparts footsteps on Sunday, as they defeated the USA 5-2 to capture Olympic gold at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Canada’s women’s Olympic hockey team also won Olympic gold when they defeated the USA 3-2 on Thursday.
USA jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first period after Tony Amonte blasted a shot past Canadian goaltender Martin Brodeur on a 2-1 break at the 8:49 mark. Shortly after Amonte’s goal, Canada replied when Paul Kariya converted a Chris Pronger cross-ice pass, tying the game at one. Just under three minutes later, Jarome Iginla knocked in a Joe Sakic pass to put Canada up 2-1 heading into the second period. Canada outshot USA 11-10 in the period.
The second period was scoreless until Brian Rafalski banked a shot off Canadian defenceman Chris Pronger at the 15:30 mark to tie the game at two. Canada would regain their lead shortly after when Joe Sakic wristed a shot through a crowd, off USA defenceman Brian Leetch and past goaltender Mike Richter giving Canada a 3-2 lead with 20 minutes to go.
Despite numerous USA attacks and pressure throughout the third period, Canada persevered and maintained their 3-2 lead until Jarome Iginla blasted a shot past Richter to give Canada some insurance. Joe Sakic added the finishing touches when he went in all alone at the 18:40 mark of the period and beat Richter to give Canada a convincing 5-2 win and an Olympic gold medal.
With the win, Canada regains the title of men’s Olympic hockey champions for the first time since 1952 when the Edmonton Mercurys were crowned Olympic champions.
Team Canada would like to thank all Canadian hockey fans for their tremendous support throughout the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
2-1-2, Total 5
1-1-0, Total 2
08:49 USA Amonte (Weight, Poti)
14:54 CAN Kariya (Pronger, Lemieux)
18:33 CAN Iginla (Sakic, Gagné)
03:04 CAN Niedermayer (Interference/Obstruction)
10:03 CAN Fleury (Crosschecking/Double-échec)
15:30 USA Rafalski (Modano) PP/AN
18:22 CAN Sakic (Jovanovski, Blake)
09:27 USA Hull (Hooking/Accrocher)
10:19 USA Miller (High-sticking/Bâton-élever)
14:40 CAN MacInnnis (Interference/Obstruction)
17:30 USA Roenick (Tripping/Trébucher)
16:01 CAN Iginla (Yzerman, Sakic)
18:40 CAN Sakic (Iginla)
13:43 CAN Yzerman (Tripping/Trébucher)
Canada Martin Brodeur
United States Mike Richter
Shots on Goal by Canada
Referee Bill McCreary
Linesmen Micheal Cvik, Antti Hamalainen