- Canada won the gold medal in women’s hockey at the Beijing Olympics on Thursday, defeating archrivals the United States 3-2.
- In the Beijing tournament, Canada never lost a game, including a 4-2 win against the United States in preliminary play.
On Thursday, Canada defeated archrivals the United States 3-2 to win the gold medal in women’s hockey at the Beijing Olympics.
After winning gold in the previous four Winter Games, Team Canada was forced to settle for silver in the 2018 Olympic final — also against the United States — four years ago.
Although Canada’s first goal of the period was ruled offside, Sarah Nurse returned the ball to the United States net barely 90 seconds later to give Canada the lead. With five minutes left in the first, captain Marie-Philip Poulin made it 2-0.
Poulin added a third goal midway through the second period, with American Hilary Knight responding seconds later to make it 3-1 as the US was shorthanded.
Even a goaltender pull and a hard-fought goal in the last 15 seconds of the third period couldn’t stop Canada from winning.
With 38 saves during the game, goalie Ann-Marie Desbiens held her own against the Americans, despite being pushed down a few times as the Americans tried to dig the puck past her. After dropping her stick during a series of scrimmages as the US attempted to force OT, she only let the second goal past.
Canada never lost a game in the Beijing tournament, including a 4-2 victory over the United States in preliminary play. The squad set an Olympic record by scoring 57 goals during the Games.
Since the debut of women’s hockey in Nagano in 1998, Canada has been the most successful Olympic women’s hockey team of all time, having competed in every gold-medal match.
Following a loss to the US in the first competition, Canada went on to win four consecutive gold medals until losing to the Americans again in Pyeongchang.
Except Torino 2006, when the Canadians played Sweden, the United States and Canada have met in every gold-medal game of women’s hockey.
The women’s gold medal win in Beijing contrasts sharply with the men’s team’s medal hopes, shattered after being ousted in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Source: Global News
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