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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: Hilary Knight #21 of United States and Meghan Agosta-Marciano #2 of Canada in action during the Ice Hockey Women's Gold Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

U.S. Women’s Hockey Beat Canada In Shootout For First Olympic Gold Since 1998 [VIDEO]

The U.S. Women’s Hockey Team have long held a fierce rivalry with Canada, and now they have made Olympic history with a title victory in Pyeongchang.

U.S. Women’s Hockey vs. Canada score Olympics 2018 Final

The American ladies defeated their Northern rivals 3-2 in a shootout to capture the team’s first gold medal in 20 years. Team USA had lost to Canada in women’s hockey in the previous two Olympic finals in Sochi (2014) and Vancouver (2010), but this year it was a goal from Jocelyne Lamoueux-Davidson and a save from goalie Maddie Rooney in the sixth round of the shootout that helped secure the win for the Americans.

“It’s going to be part of our legacy,” said captain Hilary Knight, who scored the first goal on Wednesday evening. “The things we have gone through together on and off the ice, the characters, the group of women we have in this room, it’s quite incredible.”

Lamoureux-Davidson deftly maneuvered the puck to trick Canada goalie Shannon Szabados on the game-winning goal, and later revealed how much the title meant to her.

“It’s been a dream come true to do this,” said Lamoureux-Davidson. “We have pushed each other since we were little and our brothers have kicked our butts along the way. To contribute the way we did today, we have prepared for this and what we have gone through the last month.”

Her twin sister, Monique Lamoureux-Morando, also played a major role in the win by scoring the Americans’ second goal of the evening that tied it up 2-2 and forced overtime. Lamoureux-Morando sped down the ice on a breakaway after Rooney stopped a 2-on-1 rush with just over six minutes remaining, and fired a shot into the upper-right corner of the net.

The U.S. women’s loss to Canada in the 2014 Olympic title game was particularly heartbreaking, as the Americans blew a two-goal lead in the final minutes and lost in sudden-death overtime.

Knight’s goal on Wednesday night came late in the first period, when she deflected Sidney Morin’s shot on the power play to giver her team a 1-0 lead.


Marie-Philip Poulin and Haley Irwin each scored goals for Canada. Meghan Agosta and Melodie Daoust scored in the shootout, though Agosta missed on her second attempt in the shootout, Canada’s final shot of the game.

Canada was seeking its fifth straight Olympic title.

Rooney, 20, who was less than a year old when the American hockey women last won Olympic gold in 1998, put on a stellar performance on Wednesday, stopping 29 shots in regulation and saving four more in the shootout.

Shortly after the victory, somebody briefly altered Rooney’s — a Minnesota-Duluth player — Wikipedia page by changing her position from goalkeeper to “United States Secretary of Defense.” Sounds like a fitting title for the youngster.

SOCHI, RUSSIA – FEBRUARY 20: Hilary Knight #21 of United States and Meghan Agosta-Marciano #2 of Canada in action during the Ice Hockey Women’s Gold Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

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