United States of America see off Canada in shootout to capture Olympic women's hockey gold

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Team USA and Canada met for the third consecutive gold medal game of the women's ice hockey tournament at the Winter Olympics, and for once, it was the United States that came out on top with a 3-2 victory.

In 2014 at the Sochi Games, the Canadian hockey star knew what it was like to wear gold after her team made a seemingly insurmountable two-goal comeback with just minutes left to stun the US 3-2 in overtime of the title game. They have also been the only two women's ice hockey teams ever to win an Olympic gold medal.

It took a shootout, but Jocelyne Lamoureux's goal as the sixth USA shooter gave the US its first women's hockey gold medal in 20 years.

One member of Canada's women's hockey team wasn't interested in adding silver to her medal collection. She, along with the rest of Team U.S.A., beat out Canada, 3-1, in the final round of the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan. "I'm feeling excited for them.The guys are pumped". (Canada's six-ender in the 2006 men's final was the only other score of more than four in an Olympic gold medal match). The Canadians grabbed a 2-1 lead thanks to Agosta's flawless feed to Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin, who notched her fifth career gold-medal game. This is for (former United States of America team captain) Julie Chu and for all our families at home, the schools that we went to, everyone supporting us.

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Even more fitting, the gold medal win came on the 38th anniversary of "Miracle on Ice", making that two historic American hockey moments that happened on February 22nd.

"It's just hard", she told the New York Times after the event. "Emotions run high at the Olympic Games, and never more so than in a gold-medal game, but at all times we expect our program to act professionally and demonstrate sound sportsmanship".

Less than two weeks after they had announced their intention to skip the second most prestigious tournament in women's hockey, and mere days before the IIHF World Championship started, they won livable wages and more support from USA Hockey. Canada dominated during that period. Heather Bergsma, Brittany Bowe and Mia Manganello teamed up to win bronze in the speed skating team pursuit - the first US Olympic women's speed skating medal since 2002. The Canadian women were also attempting to land their 5th straight gold. A lot of the rocks we threw good and didn't get the results we wanted.

"There's always a part of you inside that [feels] it's hard, because you feel you let your country down, but at the same time when you look at it from a bigger picture, a global picture, there's positive in it". "I think it's a life-altering game for us, to do what we did on this stage today".

1998 - Canada is able to send its top National Hockey League players to the Olympics for the first time but is stumped again in a medal-round shootout, this time by Czech great Dominik Hasek.

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