USA Women’s Hockey Claims First Gold Since 1998

Peter Wayne

Peter Wayne

Oliver Antone, Writer

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Flash to Detroit, Kamloops, Burlington, Zurich… Where else would a women’s matchup between the U.S. and Canada end but overtime? Lamoureux had one shot and the weight of the World on her shoulder. Amanda Kessel and Gigi Marvin came up big, only for the Canadians to retaliate. Most U.S. goals came from pro hockey players: Knight (Boston), Kessel (Metro), Marvin (Boston), Coyne (Minnesota), and Dugghan (Boston). Lamoureux, however, was different, as someone who battled for her Olympic spot and now had her team’s dreams on her stick. With a dangle and a fake, the precise positioning, and the support of her team, a shootout goal turned to gold.

It came as a surprise to many fans when Canada defeated the U.S. in the preliminary round. The two fierce rivals were the highlight of the 2018 games before they even started. Fueled by a rage, the Americans knocked off Finland in a shutout to push their way into the chance for gold. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Canadians blasted past opponents for the chance to defend their crown.

Toward the end of the first period, the face of U.S.A. Hockey knocked the first goal on the board when Hilary Knight blasted her second goal of the tournament past Canada’s goalie, putting the U.S. in the lead. Shortly into the second period, Canada knocked one point on, followed by another shortly after, making it 2-1 come the second intermission.

On their road to Olympic glory, Team U.S.A. shot into the third period with a fiery passion. Time continued to tick away, making the attempts seem more desperate and the Canadians more confident. Then in a moment of glory with intense pressure from the Americans, Lamoureux’s stick found the puck, and the puck found the back of the net.

As the cheers rang on from the U.S. bench, the team knew the hardest part of the battle was not over. It was an extreme parallel to last year’s IIHF World Championship, and Team U.S.A. went into overtime with that in mind. Pressure from Knight, Marvin, and Dugghan was in full swing but to no avail. Canada did not slack off on the U.S. either. After 20 minutes and an impressive performance from both goalies, a shootout was necessary.

In a way, it was similar to Buffalo for the Juniors: a battle for the ages coming down to the shootout. Lamoureux in the sixth round forced Canada to flinch, and gold was secured for the first time since 1998.

Twenty years after their first gold, following  heartbreak in 2010 and 2014, countless practices, multiple IIHF Championships, and four Nations Cup, the U.S. satisfied its fans, added to its medal count, and did what it had been unable to do. Since 2006, Hilary Knight has been striving for gold. Knight, Dugghan, Coyne, and so many other players have finally had their dreams fulfilled and their names etched into Olympic History.

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  1. Colin Smith on February 27th, 2018 12:12 pm

    Personally, being a hockey fan and player myself, I think this is amazing. This was an amazing game to watch, and I was on the edge of the couch almost the whole time. I think it is great because they won Gold and made history at the same time. Besides that, this was a great and very well written article. I learned a lot of new facts from this!

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