No Hockey Gold for Canadian Men as Germany Pulls Off Olympics Upset

February 23, 2018 Updated: February 23, 2018

GANGNEUNG, South Korea—Germany shocked defending men’s ice hockey champions Canada 4–3 on Friday, beating the Canadian men on Olympic ice for the first time to reach their first gold medal game.

The Germans, who knocked out Sweden in the quarters, relied on a scrappy defense and opportunistic offense to squeeze past a Canadian team who had looked on course for a third straight Olympic final appearance even without their NHL players.

The win set up a gold medal game against the mighty Russians, who beat the Czech Republic 3–0 in Friday’s first semi-final.

“It’s unreal to get to play for gold,” German defenseman Frank Hordler said.

“It gives me goosebumps,” said forward Patrick Hager, who scored what would prove to be the game-winner.

It was a day of sporting ignominy for hockey-mad Canada, winners of the last two Olympic gold medals in men’s ice hockey.

German and Canadian hockey players shake hands after the game at the Pyeongchang 2018 winter Olympics on Feb. 23, 2018.(Reuters/Brian Snyder)

The Canadian men’s curling team were earlier shut out of the Olympic medals for the first time.

“A lot of guys have scars today,” Canadian forward Maxim Noreau said.

Germany built a 4–1 lead through the first two periods only to face a withering Canadian comeback in the third as they scored two goals in the first 10 minutes of the period.

But Canada fell one goal short despite peppering German goaltender Danny Aus den Birken with a barrage of shots until time ran out.

Reporting by Dan Burns

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