PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA (WBRE/WYOU) – For the first time since the 1998 Nagano, Japan Winter Olympics – the U.S. Women’s Hockey team secured the gold medal Thursday night (local time).
The U.S. and Canada squared off in an action-packed meeting which ultimately saw Team USA walk away with the gold medal in a shoot-out.
Canada has won the medal in four consecutive Olympiads – and in the last two wins they beat the American squad in shootouts.
By the end of regulation time the game was tied 2-2, so it went into a shoot-out. But the five shots each team took failed to go into the net so it came down to one more shot each.
Team USA’s Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson scored against Canada making it 3-2, then goalie Maddie Rooney made the save for the Americans and the game was over.
“I’m just so happy that I could help in any way possible,” Lamoureux said after the game. “I’ve pictured and visualized moments like that thousands of times. And for it to, just get the nod and for the coach to throw me out there, there was no doubt that it was gonna go out way.”
In a twist of fate, the women’s victory came on the very same day 38 years ago that “The Miracle on Ice” played out with the U.S. men’s hockey team defeating the Russian team in 1980 in the Lake Placid games.