US Women's Hockey Wins First Olympic Gold In 20 Years

23 Février, 2018, 01:50 | Auteur: Ruben Ruiz
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The loss remained an open wound and the Americans took every opportunity to remind the 13 new players that this was something they never want to experience. "When it comes down to a shootout it can be anybody's game". "We gave it our all". The US team raced onto the ice in joyful celebration, complete with hugs and flag waving.

The game would remain tied at two all the way until the end of overtime, forcing the game to go to a high-intensity penalty shootout.

The U.S. beat Canada for gold in a shootout.

Matt Hamilton said he planned to celebrate by going back to the athletes' village and ordering a McFlurry.

In the early rounds of the 2018 ice hockey matchups, Team USA defeated Finland 3-1, the Russian athletes 5-0, then lost to Canada, 2-1. The last save came against four-time Olympian Meghan Agosta to clinch a 3-2 victory that ended the Americans' 20-year gold medal drought.

Porteous, aged 16 years and 91 days, is the youngest Kiwi to win an Olympic medal, while Sadowski-Synnoty is the second youngest at 16 years and 353 days. "We've seen her mature from her first Olympics to now, and she's basically become a leader on the team and helping encourage the future of Canada women's hockey".

Each team scored twice in five shots in the shootout before the shared heroics from Lamoureux and Rooney, and a historic win for Team USA.

During the first period, Team USA's Hilary Knight scored a goal with 25 seconds left in the first quarter. The roster also featured two former Boston College players - Emily Pfalzer and Haley Skarupa - as well as three current B.C. players -Flanagan, Cayla Barnes and Megan Keller. Figure skater Scott Moir channelled the country as he spread out his arms, a beer in one hand and a toque on his head and screaming "Are you kidding me?"

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"I can't put it into words", defenseman Kacey Bellamy said, via ESPN.

Compatriot Alex Ferreira finished second with a 96.40, followed by Kiwi Nico Porteous in third with 94.80. The Americans snapped arch-rival Canada's 24-match Olympic women's hockey win streak to claim their first Olympic crown since the inaugural event in 1998 at Nagano.

Rooney said she's been told it's important to stay calm under pressure. I am just so thankful for the outcome.

It was the ultimate redemption for the Americans, who watched the Canadians steal a gold out from their noses four years ago in Sochi in similar overtime dramatics.

"Obviously in women's hockey, it is all different with the colour of the medal, but we work all year and it was a tight game", said a disappointed Poulin.

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