Canada's medal count put the nation ahead of the United States in the Olympic standings Friday, putting added pressure on the men's hockey team to defeat team USA in the semifinals.

As of Friday morning, the medal table looked like this.

medal count canada

UPDATE: Canada defeated Britain in men's curling Friday to add a ninth gold to Canada's medal count.

While behind in total medals, Canada is ahead of the U.S. on the official table on the strength of silver medals (due to a tie in gold medals).

Canada scored a gold and silver in women's skicross Friday and has a chance to win another gold in men's curling. There is also the potential for Canada to win medals in short-track speedskating Friday.

But the all-important contest, for national identity and the medal standings, is the showdown with Team USA in men's hockey. Coach Mike Babcock is keeping the lineup static for Team Canada heading into the big game. A win Friday would not only make another Canadian gold possible but deny one from the United States as well.

Canada's women defeated the USA in sudden death on Thursday, putting even more pressure on Canada's star-studded men's squad to perform.

Go Canada go!

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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 17: Thomas Ulsrud of Norway competes against Denmark during the Men's Curling Round Robin on day ten of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 17, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 17: Haavard Vad Petersson and teammate Christoffer Svae of Norway compete against Denmark during the Men's Curling Round Robin on day ten of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 17, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 17: Torger Nergaard of Norway competes against Denmark during the Men's Curling Round Robin on day ten of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 17, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • Denmark's Rasmus Stjerne (R) shouts instructions to his sweepers during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Men's Curling Round Robin Session 12 match against Norway at the Ice Cube Curling Centre in Sochi on February 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO/YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Norway's Christoffer Svae throws the stone during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Men's Curling Round Robin Session 12 match against Denmark at the Ice Cube Curling Centre in Sochi on February 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO/YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 16: Torger Nergaard of Norway releases the stone during the Curling Men's Round Robin match between Great Britain and Norway on day 9 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 16, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • Norway's Christoffer Svae trows the stone during the Men's Curling Round Robin Session 10 against Great Britain at the Ice Cube Curling Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Norway's Haavard Vad Petersson trows the stone during the Men's Curling Round Robin Session 10 against Great Britain at the Ice Cube Curling Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 16: Torger Nergaard and Haavard Vad Petersson of Norway in action during the Curling Men's Round Robin match between Great Britain and Norway on day 9 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 16, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • Norway's Thomas Ulsrud throws the stone during the Men's Curling Round Robin Session 7 at the Ice Cube Curling Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Norway's Thomas Ulsrud throws the stone during the Men's Curling Round Robin Session 7 at the Ice Cube Curling Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Norway's Thomas Ulsrud throws the stone during the Men's Curling Round Robin Session 7 at the Ice Cube Curling Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 14: Athlete Thomas Ulsrud of Norway competes in the men's round robin session against Canada during day seven of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

  • Norway's Haavard Vad Petersson throws the stone during the Men's Curling Round Robin Session 8 against China at the Ice Cube Curling Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Norway's Thomas Ulsrud throws the stone during the Men's Curling Round Robin Session 7 at the Ice Cube Curling Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Norway's Thomas Ulsrud throws the stone during the Men's Curling Round Robin Session 6 at the Ice Cube Curling Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Norway's team members wear their official paints displaying national colours as they warm up before the Men's Curling Round Robin Session 6 game Norway vs Sweden at the Ice Cube Curling Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Norway's Thomas Ulsrud throws the stone during the Men's Curling Round Robin Session 6 at the Ice Cube Curling Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Norway's Thomas Ulsrud (C) watches the stone during the Men's Curling Round Robin Session 6 at the Ice Cube Curling Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13: A Norwegian curler prepares for a throw during the Curling Round Robin matches during day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 12: Haavard Vad Petersson and Torger Nergaard of Norway compete in the Curling Men's Round Robin match between Norway and Germany during day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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