The US women’s hockey team miraculously squeezed a victory from their neighboring rivals, Canada, during an intense nail-biting shootout, winning 3-2 to secure the gold during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
During the first period, 28-year-old hockey forward Hilary Knight, a NWHL player currently playing for the Boston Pride, made a huge impact by scoring the games opening goal, putting the US in the lead.
Canadian player Haley Irwin scored a goal to tie the score up to 1-1 late in the second quarter, and many Americans thought the game was over when Canadian player Marie-Philip Poulin scored another goal five minutes later to give Canada the lead, 2-1.
The game was a parallel of the last Women’s Hockey finals in Sochi, where the four-time-defending champs beat the US team for a gut-wrenching score of 3-2 Canadian victory, however, this was not the case.
A clutch goal with six minutes to spare in the third and final period was made by the 28-year-old American defensive player, Monique Lamoureux-Morando, of the Minnesota Whitecaps-tying the game up 2-2.
The final twenty minutes of regulation time, there were no more shots as time ran out, triggering an overtime shootout. During the shoot out each team had five attempts to shoot. US and Canada made three out of five shots each, it was then up to the next goal made by shooter Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, and goalie Maddie Rooney’s block on Canada that led to the US victory.
This marked the first time since 1998 that the US won the gold and prevented Canada from securing a fifth consecutive title as American hockey fans cheered them on.