Ref bloodied by hockey stick in US-Canada game at 2022 Olympics

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A referee is on the mend after taking a hockey stick to the face during Monday night’s Olympic women’s hockey game between the United States and Canada.

Early in the second period of Team USA’s 4-2 defeat, forward Amanda Kessel accidentally struck official Cianna Lieffers in the face with her stick while skating behind Canada’s goal net.

Lieffers put her hand to her mouth while gushing blood from her face. She was escorted off the ice while holding a blood-covered towel to her mouth.

Footage from the game later showed Lieffers with what appeared to be a deep gash on her upper right lip.

She eventually returned to the ice to finish officiating the game after receiving medical attention.

Referee Cianna Lieffers is assisted after she sustained an injury during USA vs. Canada
Referee Cianna Lieffers is assisted after she sustained an injury during USA vs. Canada
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Cianna Lieffers is bloodied after taking a hockey stick to the face
Cianna Lieffers is bloodied after taking a hockey stick to the face
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Canada’s victory is a possible preview of a gold medal game.

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