The Chinese men’s ice hockey team lost to Canada to advance to the quarterfinals


Xinhua News Agency Beijing, February 13 (reporters Lin Deren, Liu Jinhui)China lost 5-0 to Canada in group A and the United States beat Germany 3-2 in the final round of men’s ice hockey at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Wednesday.Traditionally a powerhouse in ice hockey, Canada’s men have competed in 23 Winter Olympics, winning nine gold, five silver and three bronze MEDALS.Team Canada, ranked number one in the world, is also considered one of the favorites to win the Games.Canada put on a strong show in the first period, taking a 3-0 lead in just half of the period, while China did not score but managed 10 shots on goal.The second section, The Chinese team in the defensive end of the performance of sound, the end of the section, the Chinese team took advantage of an opportunity to play less to the Canadian team goal launched a storm, but the Canadian team with strong defense rejected the Chinese team’s many shots.Canada scored again with two minutes left in the quarter, when Kent Johnson took advantage of a quick counterattack to volley a shot into the bottom right corner of the net to make it 4-0.In the last quarter, Canada scored again to win by 5 goals.”I’m proud of the players,” China coach Zanata Ivano said after the match. “What I really value is not the score, but the effort they showed on the court.We know what we are capable of and there may be mistakes, but the effort of the players was there for everyone to see.”He said the next thing for the team is to rest and then prepare for the next knockout round.In the other group A clash, the World number four Team USA beat the world number five team Germany 3-2.Germany led the way with a goal in the second minute and the US equalised two minutes later.The AMERICANS scored in the opening stages of the second and third periods before Germany chased a goal late in the third to give the AMERICANS a narrow one-goal win.In Group C, Finland and Sweden are engaged in a “dialogue of the best”.Finland beat Sweden 4-3 in extra time after a fierce match.Slovakia beat Latvia 5-2 in their group.At this point, the Beijing Winter Olympic Games men’s ice hockey group stage all ended, the United States, the Russian Olympic Committee team, Finland with the identity of the first straight through to the last eight, as the best group second, Sweden also locked a place in the last eight.The other eight teams will compete against each other for the other four spots in the quarterfinals on Thursday.(after)

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