In an epic game, the US women’s ice hockey team beats Canada to win gold during shootout
The United States celebrates after defeating Canada in a shootout at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

In an epic game, the US women’s ice hockey team beats Canada to win gold during shootout

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Early Thursday morning, the U.S. women’s ice hockey team triumphed as it beat Canada during the shootout in the gold medal game in Pyeongchang, South Korea. It was a rematch of the heartbreaking-yet-epic game at the 2014 Olympic Games, when Team Canada beat the American women’s ice hockey team during overtime. Canada has won the past four Olympic gold medals for women’s ice hockey.

During the first period, Team USA’s Hilary Knight scored a goal with 25 seconds left. In the second period, Canada scored two goals — one by Haley Irwin and one by Marie-Philip Poulin. With six minutes left in the final period, Monique Lamoureux-Morando of the United States scored, tying the game. Both teams left everything they had on the ice during the sudden-death overtime, but neither team scored, leading to a shootout.

The shootout ended on the sixth shot, with Team USA winning the shootout 3-2.

The U.S. women’s ice hockey team has performed impressively at the Olympic Games this year. It beat Finland 5-0 in the quarterfinals. In the preliminary rounds, it also beat out Finland and Russia and lost to Canada 2-1.

Hilary Knight of the United States celebrates after scoring a powerplay goal against Shannon Szabados of Canada in the final women’s ice hockey game at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
Hilary Knight of the United States celebrates after scoring a powerplay goal against Shannon Szabados of Canada in the final women’s ice hockey game at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The U.S. team has won seven of the past eight world championships, but has not won an Olympic gold since 1998, when the American women beat the Canadians at the Nagano Games. That was also the first year women’s hockey was a sport at the Olympic Games.

U.S. Olympic women’s hockey teammates Cammi Granato and Karyn Bye show off their gold medals during 1998 Olympic Games.
U.S. Olympic women’s hockey teammates Cammi Granato and Karyn Bye show off their gold medals during 1998 Olympic Games. Kevork Djansezian/AP

Feb. 22, 2018, 11:48 a.m.: This article has been updated.

Stephanie Wu
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