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Team USA wins gold in women's ice hockey

The Lamoureux sisters play hero for their country as the Americans dethrone Team Canada

February 22, 2018 - 2:42 am

Kyle Powell reporting

For the first time since the 1998 Winter Olympic games in Nagano, Japan, the United States' women's ice hockey team are gold medalists.The Americans recapture the gold medal at the Olympics after they dethrone Team Canada, 3-2 in a gut-wrenching shootout in PyeongChang, South Korea.

With the U.S. down 2-1 in the third period, Monique Lamoureux-Morando gets sprung on a breakaway after a bad line change by the Canadians. Lamoureux was able to put her shot just under the glove hand of goalie Shannon Szabados for the game-tying goal with 6:21 to play in regulation.

Both teams battled valiantly through the rest of regulation and into overtime with neither team able to find the back of the net. Remarkably enough, the U.S. even killed off a pivotal penalty as the extra period expired. Megan Keller was called for an illegal hit with 1:35 to go in overtime, but the U.S. killed off the remaining time to force the shootout.

In the opening five frames of the shootout, both squads were locked up with two goals apiece. After the teams traded lineups and shooting order, it was Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson who found twine for the go-ahead goal in the top of the sixth frame. Lamoureux's score put the pressure of a country on the back of Canada's next shooter, three-time gold medalist Meghan Agosta.

20-year-old goaltender Maddie Rooney came up with a big save on Agosta to seal the deal for the United States.

The win for Team USA was their second in five all-time meetings between these two powerhouse countries in gold medal play.

Though Buffalo native and current Buffalo Beauts captain Emily Pfalzer was denied in her shootout attempt, she still played a pivotal role in the path to gold, and will bring her experience of a lifetime back to Western New York. She finished the tournament pointless in five games played.

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