No matter what, we still love you, Canadian women!
U.S and Canada stood face to face for hockey gold and in the end, U.S women won the match. It was a 3-2 victory of the U.S against Canada. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson was the one who hit the game-winning puck.
It was just a quick hit and before the last seven minutes, it was just an on and off by the two countries keeping the same pace, standing side by side on the scoreboard. Lamoureux-Davidson’s sister, Monique Lamoureux-Morando equalized the game in the last minutes. She even stopped the power play act in the last 95 seconds.
It was all and all a sudden death of the game leaving everyone in amusement.
Lamoureux-Davidson’s hit got first against Canada goaltender Geneviève Lacasse. After just a one minute by it, United States goaltender Maddie Rooney blocked the hitting goal of Canada’s Meghan Agosta. This was eventually ended by the victory of U.S women as their first gold medal since 1998 – the year when women’s hockey originated in the Olympics.
Rooney told after the match that during her goaltending against Agosta, she looked over at her teammates sitting on the benches. They were giving Rooney a cherub call because she needed only one to save the country.
Rooney said, “To have their support made it a whole lot easier. I just reacted to her, and then everything kind of went into a blur.”
A sudden defeat of Canada indicates that history can repeat itself. In the Sochi Games, four years before now, the same teams were playing against each other and Canada won the match by the same 3-2 score, with Canadian players cheering by throwing their gloves and sticks and U.s women all flooded with tears. America took revenge after the four years with the same scenario.
The winning was much emotional for American team as in 2017 they were threatened to boycott a world championship tournament, they wanted to play hockey for better pay and work conditions. This year, it was just a minute or two when they decided to step into the game with heavy pay rises. The Lamoureux sisters were leading the team.
This year, the gold-winning scene was same but the portrayers were different.
Robb Stauber, the American women’s coach said, “This is a very classic example of how hard it should be.”
Canadian know their style and manner. In this game too, the Canadian players play the game with their skills and physicality, even bully the opponents with their elbows and fists.
During an equalizing goal with 16 minutes left, American player Brianna Decker was trying to have a hit when suddenly she got someone’s tight fist on her face and it was none other than Canada’s captain Marie-Philip Poulin. She was pushed towards the ice but no penalty was taken.
Decker said, “I’ll have a good scar, but it’s a pretty good one to have.”
The Americans played nicely and brought a new style to the game. The know the puck possession, different attacks and how to bring creativity in the game to defeat the opponent.
On the other hand, Canadians were just the opposite ones. They know how to tackle the enemy. Of course, with their muscular efforts.
The Canadian women got five penalties during the game, which include their illegal hits and slashing. Number five is still very greater than three - the number of penalties U.S women got.
Canadian team really gave a hard time to their opponents. After the second period, they did their style gaming, tempting the Americans to join them in the battle.
The Americans took control of the game in the overtime, besides its players Kacey Bellamy, Cameranesi and Megan Keller missed their chances to hit the net.
Knight wanted to be the first one for the last shot, but, Lacasse never let her do that. When finally, Lamoureux-Davidson got a chance, she hit the puck tightly without letting Lacasse stopped her. And at last, Americans got the victory.
Lamoureux-Morando said about her sister, “I’ve seen her make that move plenty of times. We’ve played this game in our minds a thousand times and won it every which way.”
By their full efforts and hard works, American women won the match.
Lamoureux-Davidson after the game said while showing off her medal around the neck, “I’m digging the new necklace. Don’t think I’m going to take it off for quite a while.”
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