US Wins First Hockey Gold in 20 Years

USA women beat Canada in tiebreaker shootout
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 22, 2018 1:44 AM CST
Updated Feb 22, 2018 6:17 AM CST

(Newser) – The United States has beaten Canada in a shootout to win their first Olympic gold since 1998 in women's hockey. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the first extra round of the first shootout tiebreaker in Olympic women's hockey history on Thursday to give the United States the gold medal with a 3-2 victory, the AP reports. Maddie Rooney stopped Meghan Agosta on her second try of the shootout to clinch it. Rooney stopped 29 shots in regulation and the 20-minute overtime. Shannon Szabados made 39 saves for Canada, which had won four straight Olympic gold medals. Marie-Philip Poulin and Haley Irwin scored in regulation for Canada.

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The Americans won the inaugural women's gold medal in 1998, but had not beaten Canada in the Olympics since. Hilary Knight and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Jocelyne's twin sister, scored the American goals in regulation. It was 2-2 after three periods and 2-2 through five shooters in the tie-breaker. It was the second straight overtime in the gold medal game for these two teams, but the first shootout in Olympic women's hockey history. The men have done it, most recently when Sweden beat Canada in 1994. (The USA men's team, which hasn't won gold since the 1980 "Miracle on Ice," is going home without a medal after losing to the Czech Republic.)

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