Updated: 8.30am, Feb. 22:
The U.S. Women’s ice hockey team finally overcame their arch-rivals in a thrilling gold medal game late last night, beating the three-time Olympic champs Canada 3-2 in a nerve wracking shootout.
Goalie Maddie Rooney — who attends the University of Minnesota-Duluth (see below) — clinched the gold with a save on the game’s final play, her stop coming shortly after Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson made an incredible move, slipping her penalty shot past the Canadian keeper.
Canada had won gold at the past four Winter Olympic games, beating the U.S. in three of those finals.
ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski wrote:
The game not only met the high standards of the biggest feud in women’s hockey history, but surpassed them. It was a fast, thrilling, tense and often brutal contest, whose dramatic conclusion cemented it as an instant classic.
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The U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team has made their way to the gold medal game against arch-rivals Canada and there are five current college students on the team. Here’s what you need to know:
When: The gold-medal game between the U.S. and Canada is tonight at 11:10pm ET, 8.10pm PT.
Why you should care: It’s going to be epic. This will be the fifth time the longtime rivals will meet for gold in six Olympic tournaments. Canada won the past three finals and the U.S. took gold in 1998. The teams have already played once in Pyeongchang, meeting in the preliminary round. Canada took that game, 2-1.
Who: Six current college students will be at least Silver medalists tonight.
- Cayla Barnes, Boston College, defender, #2, class of 2022
- Megan Keller, Boston College, defender, #5, class of 2019
- Kali Flanagan, Boston College, defender #6, class of 2019
- Kelly Pannek, University of Minnesota, forward, #12, class of 2018
- Maddie Rooney, University of Minnesota-Duluth, goalie, #35, class of 2018
Previously: Here are the results of every Women’s Ice Hockey Olympic Gold Medal game:
- 1998 Nagano: U.S. 3, Canada 1
- 2002, Salt Lake City: Canada 3, U.S. 2
- 2006 Turin: Canada 4, Sweden 1
- 2010 Vancouver: Canada 2, U.S. 0
- 2014 Sochi: Canada 3, U.S. 2 (overtime)
People are getting stoked for the game:
— Mr. T (@MrT) February 21, 2018
The US women’s team plays for gold tonight! The ladies games have been only Olympic hockey worth watching this year. 🇺🇸
— Tyler (@TylerSkortz55) February 21, 2018
#McGill’s Enrolment Services crew (and the rest of us too!) cheer on @Daoust17 (BEd’17) as the Canadian women's hockey team will be shooting for their fifth straight Olympic gold medal in South Korea on Wednesday night #PyeongChang2018https://t.co/QNz04cDUCI pic.twitter.com/ogNYdxJHDe
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