Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

U.S. women's hockey defeats Canada in shootout to win Olympic gold

U.S. women's hockey defeats Canada in shootout to win Olympic gold

In perhaps the ultimate Olympic grudge match, Team USA earned a 3-2 shootout victory over Canada in the women's hockey gold medal game.

The Americans have taken down Canada in four-straight World Championships, as well as seven of the last eight, but the rivalry won't truly shift in their direction until they can secure Olympic gold.

After an absolute nail-biter of a match, which went to overtime and then a penalty shootout, the U.S. has finally broken Canada's stranglehold on women's Olympic hockey.

"This is something we've worked hard for all year and we have something special here", said Canada's Meghan Acosta, who is one of 14 players that formed part of the squad in Sochi. The twins aren't the only sister act at the Winter Games.

The U.S. women's curling team will take on Sweden during the final round robin games. They came to South Korea hoping to rewrite their personal journeys. We won't know until we know. "We knew we were going to make a difference". Rooney stopped the last two Canadian shooters in the shootout in Brianne Jenner and then Agosta on her second attempt.

Vonn was the final skier in the slalom, but went off course during the run to end her Olympic career.

The players from the two teams don't need a history lesson.

"To battle back from that and stay strong and confident in myself is huge, and I'm just so proud right now".

Granato watched the tournament from her family home in Vancouver. I'm proud of my teammates and can't thank everyone who supported us enough.

The Canadians, she says, play a superior team game, are always prepared and have a well-established system that's tough to beat.

Do your role. Be ready for anything. She skated in toward the net and buried a wrist shot, making the score 2-2. Many got her autograph.

The team fell to Switzerland, but the US was topped by Sweden, clinching the fourth and final playoff spot for Japan.

As for Kollman, she's already represented Canada on the worldwide stage at the u-18 world championships.

Like many at home, Moir had some choice words for the lopsided officiating in the game and decided to make his feelings known. "And the third and fourth teams played in the bronze game".

In 2014, the US won four straight over Canada leading up to the Olympics (after Canada's head coach shockingly resigned in December 2013).

Just two minutes into the second period, Haley Irwin would tie the game up at 1-1 with a deflection of her own. And Canada came back, because this game is everything.

"If you want something too badly, sometimes you squeeze it too tight, and you can't perform", Granato said. "So that's what we've got to do to win. At the same time, it motivated me tremendously".

But this is why they play.

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