Canada beats U.S., 3-2 in OT, for women’s hockey gold medal


(Reuters)

Updated 2:52 p.m.: Canada won the gold medal in women’ s ice hockey, 3-2, on a goal by Marie-Philip Poulin 8 minutes 10 seconds into sudden-death overtime.

Summary: Canada 3, United States 2 (OT)

The Americans were attempting to win gold for the first time since the 1998 Nagano Games.

The Canadians, who have reached the final of all five tournaments since the event was added to the Olympics, won their fourth consecutive gold medal.

It was the fourth time in five Olympics that the United States and Canada met for the gold, the only exception being the 2006 Turin Games, when the Americans won bronze after being upset by Sweden in the semifinals.

Canada won two of the previous gold medal matchups between the teams. It also beat the United States last week in the preliminary round, 3-2.

U.S. forward Julie Chu lost in her fourth attempt at Olympic gold. She was on teams that won silver in Salt Lake City and Vancouver and bronze in Turin.

The U.S. recovered for a 6-1 victory over Sweden in the semifinal to set up the expected gold medal rematch. Canada beat Switzerland, 3-1.

A pair of Canadian goals in the final three and a half minutes of regulation tied the gold medal game against the United States, 2-2, and the game is headed to a 20-minute overtime. Should that fail to produce a winner, the game would be decided in a shootout.

Trailing 2-0 late in the third period, the Canadians tried furiously to rally, and with 3:26 left in the game, Brianne Jenner sliced through their defense and fired a shot that appeared to be heading several feet wide of the net when it deflected off the leg of U.S. defenseman Kacey Bellamy and past goalie Jessie Vetter, into the net. On the U.S. bench, coach Katey Stone clapped her hands and yelled “Let’s go!” to her players, trying to keep their spirits up.

Canada pulled its goalie with 90 seconds left, and within seconds the U.S. had a chance at an empty-netter – but the shot from the far blue line slammed against the left post and died there.

Finally, just as the clock was reaching the one-minute mark, Canada’s Marie-Philip Poulin, who had scored both of Canada’s goals in its win over the U.S. in the gold medal game in 2010, gathered in a rebound on the doorstep and scored past Vetter.

Alex Carpenter scored on a power play 2 minutes 1 second into the third period to give the United States a 2-0 lead. It was Carpenter’s team-leading fourth goal of the Olympics.

The U.S. women’s hockey team took a 1-0 lead on Canada on a second-period goal from captain Meghan Duggan. Duggan scored at 11 minutes 57 seconds, taking a pass from Jocelyn Lamoureux at the left face-off circle and blasting it, top shelf, past Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados.

There were five penalties but no goals in what was a very chippy first period. With so many power plays (Canada committed three of the penalties), there were plenty of scoring opportunities, but Szabados and the U.S.’s Jessie Vetter were stellar in goal.

The U.S. outshot Canada, 11-9, in the period. None of the penalties were cheap calls.

 

More on the Olympics:

 

D.C. barista scores go-ahead goal, helps Switzerland to bronze medal

Switzerland wins first ice-hockey medal since 1948

Wise: For the hosts, it’s over and out in men’s hockey

Some Ukrainian athletes leave Sochi because of deadly protests at home

Analyzing why Russia went out with a whimper

Photos from Day 13 | Daily TV schedule | U.S. medal winners

Dave Sheinin has been covering baseball and writing features and enterprise stories for The Washington Post since 1999.
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