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US women beat Canada to end 20-year Olympic drought

US women beat Canada to end 20-year Olympic drought US women beat Canada to end 20-year Olympic drought
Stacy Diaz | 22 February, 2018, 15:03

Team USA defeated Team Canada 3-2 in the 2018 women's olympic hockey gold medal game.

Canada previously defeated the USA, 2-1, in their preliminary-round game.

After an absolute nail-biter of a match, which went to overtime and then a penalty shootout, the USA has finally broken Canada's stranglehold on women's Olympic hockey.

Team Canada advanced to the men's hockey semifinals with a 1-0 win over Finland.

Stauber went with Rooney in net after she won the only three games the U.S. took from Canada last fall during a pre-Olympic exhibition tour.

Maybe it's because this team did what hers could not - successfully fight for fair pay - in almost boycotting the world championship last spring.

US secured their place in the final by beating Finland 5-0. Lamoureux-Davidson is looking forward to the opportunity to face Canada once again.

"The losses have taught me a lot about who I am as a person, who we are as a team", Knight said.

"Right before she came down, I just looked over at the bench and saw my teammates like pointing at me, just one more, " Rooney said.

Switzerland's Michelle Gisin won the women's alpine combined event, knocking US star Mikaela Shiffrin out of the top spot.

Agosta evened it out in the second round but the third round was scoreless. Jennifer Wakefield scored twice and was joined on the scoresheet by Rebecca Johnston, Emily Clark and Poulin. It was the team's fifth straight Olympic gold medal.

American Hilary Knight opened the scoring but Haley Irwin and Marie-Philip Poulin answered for Canada only for Monique Lamoureux-Morando's third-period equaliser to set the stage for over-time. "Just one play and that's the difference". Our team is the closest it has ever been and we are like a family.

"It is always a great match", said Johnston on facing United States of America for gold.

Everyone dreams. Sweden's silver in 2006 is the slender window into possibility; the game does keep getting better. The gold medal game will also feature the tournament's top two goaltenders in Canada's Shannon Szabados (.973 save percentage) and USA's Maddie Rooney (.951 save percentage). "Everyone will give it their all".

It only made the lack of gold at the Olympics all the more noticeable, and Canada has been in their way since losing the inaugural gold in Nagano in 1998.

"We're with you, we support you and we send you huge hugs". "You train so many hours for this that your body knows what to do and takes over".

It was the fifth time the two countries have met in the women's gold medal game, with Canada still holding a 3-2 advantage. "So that's what we've got to do to win". With a little help from Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, who in the sixth round of the shootout scored one of the filthiest goals you'll see anywhere.