PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — For the third Olympics in a row, the gold medal in women’s hockey came down to Team USA versus Team Canada.
In fact, America’s neighbors to the north have won four consecutive gold medals. The last women’s gold for Team USA was 20 years ago.
The Wednesday night matchup was a fantastic game. From the start, the crowds from both countries were into the game and the play on the ice was intense and physical.
Team USA would strike, first but Canada would respond with two goals in the second.
The red, white and blue had the equalizer in the third period, meaning it was time for 20 more minutes of hockey.
Overtime saw a very offensive Team USA but Canada’s goalie was able to stop every shot that came her way.
After overtime, the teams were still knotted up at 2-2. After an overtime period, games in international play go to a five-shot penalty style shootout.
After both teams scored a goal, each team earned a sixth shot on net. The puck was on the stick of Jocelyn Lamoureux, who was able to deliver an impressive goal to give Team USA the advantage.
That goal left the game in the hands of 20-year-old goalie Maddie Rooney, who was able to come up with the stop of her life to give Team USA a gold medal after a 20-year drought.
In addition to 20 years without a gold medal in women’s hockey, the game was also 38 years removed from the “Miracle on Ice.”