Team USA Wins First Women’s Ice Hockey Olympic Gold Medal In 20 Years

posted by Bill Galluccio

The U.S. women’s hockey team defeated Canada in a shootout to win the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored the game-winner in the sixth round of the shootout, ending Canada’s bid to win five consecutive gold medals.

Hilary Knight scored a powerplay with under a minute left in the first period to give Team USA a 1-0 lead.

Haley Irwin tied the game just two minutes into the second period. Canada took a 2-1 lead later in the period when Marie-Philip Poulin put one past Maddie Rooney.

Monique Lamoureux-Morando tallied a goal in the third period to tie the game at 2-2.

After Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the sixth round of the shootout, the game rested on the pads of Rooney. After the game, she said that she looked over to the bench and “saw my teammates pointing at me like, ‘One more,’ and that made it a whole lot easier.”

And after that? “It all just went a blur after that to see all my teammates running at me,” she said. “Amazing feeling.”

And then everything went black. “I was on the bottom (of the pile-up),” said Rooney, whose Wikipedia entry was briefly changed to “Secretary of Defense.”

The gold medal is the first for the U.S. women’s team since they won it at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

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