They don’t disappoint, even if one team always has to leave disappointed.
The U.S. women’s hockey team defeated Canada in a thrilling overtime shootout to win the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The fifth clash between these longstanding rivals with Olympic gold on the line was decided when a mind-bending, triple-move goal from America’s Jocelyne Lamoureux was followed by a save from U.S. goalie Maddie Rooney in the sixth frame of the shootout.
“It’s so sweet right now,” said U.S. captain Meghan Duggan, via Team USA. “I can’t think about anything except pure excitement and pride and honor for our team. Every single girl on our team has worked so hard, has wanted this — a lot of us since we saw the ’98 team win 20 years ago. And to have this experience together, to represent our country, it’s the greatest honor in the world.”
Four years after a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Canada in another overtime final, the U.S. earned its first gold medal in women’s hockey since 1998. Team USA won silver in 2014, 2010, and 2002. The team earned bronze in 2006.
Here is a look at several of the moments that defined the thrilling Team USA victory:
The Americans got on the board first
Hilary Knight netted the opening goal on a power play late in the first period.
Canada got even
Not waiting long for a reply, Canada leveled the game in the second period, by way of a Haley Irwin goal.
Oh, Canada took the lead!
Just minutes later, Canada moved ahead on a goal from Sochi star Marie-Philip Poulin.
Canada’s Marie Philip-Poulin delivered a hard hit to Team USA’s Brianna Decker in the third period. The refs swallowed their whistles on this one.
Brianna Decker took this hit to the head. No penalty was assessed.— Olympic Hockey on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) February 22, 2018
She has just returned to the ice. pic.twitter.com/r2FnfHAihu
Team USA equalized just in time
With the third period into its final third, Monique Lamoureux nabbed the game-tying goal for the U.S. with an assist from Kelly Pannek.
Welcome to sudden death overtime
For the second straight Olympics, the U.S. and Canada needed extra hockey to settle the gold-medal game.
Of course, the shootout was intense
Both teams traded goals (3) and saves (2) through five frames. Canada’s Melodie Daoust went full Forsberg to help keep things even.
But the decisive goal was also the nastiest
Taking the sixth shot for her team in the shootout, U.S. forward Jocelyne Lamoureux devastated Canadian netminder Shannon Szabados with a triple-move approach.
Yes, Brittany, that move has a name
The perfect goal needed a timely save to make history
Let’s watch that final shot and final stop one more time
And cue the celebration
Meet the new U.S. Secretary of Defense
It was Wikipedia official shortly after the game: U.S. goalie Maddie Rooney replaced Jim Mattis as the nation’s Secretary of Defense. Sorry, Jim. It’s certainly a big job, but the 20-year-old showed she is up for anything over three intense periods, sudden-death overtime, and a shootout.
That bittersweet silver moment
Waiting on the ice after a heartbreaking loss to receive a silver medal will never be easy. The U.S team had to deal with the mixed feelings of that moment in 2014. Four years later, it was Canada’s turn.
U.S. mood: Golden
For the first time since 1998 and just the second time ever, the U.S. women’s hockey team received gold medals at the Olympics.