It had been 20 years since the United States women’s hockey team earned an Olympic gold. On Wednesday, the team won the final match versus Canada to bring back gold once again.
The final score was 3 – 2, with the U.S. prevailing only after a dramatic shootout.
The rivalry between the two North American countries made things even more interesting in the lead up to the game. Canada has long been the dominant force in the sport, winning Olympic gold medals in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014 and either being champions or runners-up in World Championships almost every year for the past three decades. The U.S. has been right along side of them, often coming up just short in the finals of the Olympics.
Finally, the U.S. had its turn to shine. During regulation, Hilary Knight was able to score at the end of the opening period, and Monique Lamoureux-Morando put another one in the net in the third period. Canada was able to match those scores, though, and regulation ended in a 2 – 2 tie.
In overtime, neither team could manage another goal. That led to a shootout that will be remembered for years to come.
In the first five rounds, Gigi Marvin and Amanda Kessel snuck the puck past the Canadian goaltender, and they were matched by goals by Canadians Meghan Agosta and Melodie Daoust. That led to extra rounds of the shootout, in which Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored the winning goal. The game was sealed when the American goaltender Maddie Rooney denied a final attempt by Meghan Agosta.
These American athletes took their position as the best in the world 38 years after the “Miracle on Ice,” a game in which the U.S. men’s hockey won big over the Soviet Union in Lake Placid.