All those brawl-filled "exhibition" games and the "meaningless" preliminary round game were nothing more than table-setters for Thursday's Olympic gold medal hockey showdown between Team USA and Canada. It will be a rematch of the title game at the 2010 Olympics, won by Canada.
Former University of North Dakota standouts Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux of Grand Forks have been mainstays in the Team USA lineup. Monique has scored three goals and Jocelyne has four assists. There is no love loss between the teams, and given what's at stake in Thursday's game (the puck drops at 11 a.m. CT), it is a must-see.
Four current UND players will also be playing for their respective countries. Tanja Eisenschmid and Susanne Fellner will play with Germany against Japan for seventh place and Michelle Karvinen and Susanna Tapani will lead Finland against Russia for fifth.
Eisenschmid has one assist and Fellner no points, but 22 minutes of ice time per game for the Germans. Both play defense. Tapani, a forward, has one goal and three assists and Karvinen, also a forward, has five goals and two assists.