US Women Win Hockey Gold in Shootout

Team Finland won 3:2 and claimed bronze medal.

It's the first time in 20 years the women's hockey team has won gold.

US coach Robb Stauber was among those who empathized with her, having failed to get gold in the 2014 Winter Olympics, which the Canadians won. In the second period, Canada scored two points - one by Haley Irwin and one by Marie-Philip Poulin. Her action sparked criticism from media and fans in Canada.

"I hope we can keep our calm and score when we play good ends", said Edin. "But it's in the past now. I felt as if we had lost the gold".

"'How can you be so upset when you win an Olympic silver medal?' But it's so hard to be that close to the ultimate goal, to be that close to that gold medal, and fall short". The Americans also won the Four Nations in all three of those years, beating Canada in the finals in all of them. The Americans won the only Olympic gold in Nagano of Japan.

After going up 1-0 early, the United States quickly fell behind 2-1 and appeared on their way to yet another defeat.

Agosta needed to find the net to keep Canadian hopes alive but was thwarted by the considerable presence of Rooney in the American goal, sparking wild celebrations from the USA team.

GAME NOTES: In some ways, it's no wonder that the US outshot and outscored the Canadians with seven power plays to the northerners' two.

Yet the Americans have owned the world championships, winning the last four and eight of the last 10. It was a hard-fought game full of rookies, as 13 of the USA players had never seen Olympic play, although that didn't stop them from playing their way to the top of the podium. "The young ones as well, they were so mature throughout the year and they showed it at the Olympics".

In a reversal of 2014, the Americans tied the game in the third period. No need to waste energy dwelling on such a heartbreaker when the chance at history is at hand. "I can't tell you how happy I am for our players", said USA coach Robb Stauber. "You drop the puck, see what happens".

"Every single time we play them, it's a big game", Canada coach Laura Schuler said.

"It's just unfortunate, you know". Border rivalries always seem better.

  • Julie Sanders