The United States faced off against its neighbors from the north in the women’s hockey finals on Feb. 20, in the most nail-biting final in women’s hockey history.
Julie Chu and her merry band of Olympic hockey superstars faced off against their formidable rivals from the north in an intense, nail-biter of a hockey final that unfortunately ended in heartbreak — again — for the U.S. team.
Olympic Hockey — Canada Defeats The U.S. In Women’s Final
After winning silver in Salt Lake City, bronze in Turin, and silver again in Vancouver — each time, the Canadians winning gold — the U.S. ladies were out for bloody revenge when they hit the ice on Feb. 20.
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Things looked great for the U.S. team throughout most of the game — Meghan Duggan ripped a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle that gave the US a 1-0 lead in the second period, and things continued to look up for the U.S. in the beginning of the third, when Hilary Knight expertly passed to Alex Carpenter for goal number two.
However, Canada quickly matched the U.S.’s goals in the third period, as Brianne Jenner and Marie-Philip Ouellette stunned the U.S. goalie Jessie Vetter.
The game then went into overtime for the first time in women’s Olympic hockey final history, and everything came to an end when Hilary was called for cross-checking. This led to a power-play from Canada, and it was Marie-Philip who put the final nail in the U.S.’s coffin in a truly heartbreaking loss.
“[Losing in Vancouver] wasn’t a great feeling, and it’s still a feeling that haunts a bunch of us today, and it’s definitely in the back of our minds that we don’t want to feel that way again,” Hilary told CBS News before the game. Oh well — see you in 2018, Canucks!
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— Shaunna Murphy