Olympics: Canada loses women's hockey gold to USA in shootout

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After an absolute nail-biter of a match, which went to overtime and then a penalty shootout, the United States has finally broken Canada's stranglehold on women's Olympic hockey.

The last time Canada lost an Olympic ice hockey game was the gold medal game against US in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.

With U.S. defender Megan Keller in the penalty box for an illegal hit on Poulin, Canada had a power play for the last 95 seconds of overtime, but couldn't produce the victor.

They came close in the 2010 Winter Games, even closer during the Sochi Olympics, but the Americans have been chasing the gold medal since they won the inaugural edition of the women's tournament in 1998. They trailed entering the third period, but found a different gear of aggressiveness and repeatedly pressed until they tied the score at 2-2 on Monique Lamoureux-Morando's goal with 6:21 left to play in the third.

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"We've worked hard the past four years", U.S. captain Meghan Duggan said.

She played twice in an eight-game exhibition series against the Americans, although she made 34 saves in her hometown of Edmonton on December 17 in a 2-1 win.

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"We're going to celebrate with some champagne", smiled Virtue.

Gigi Marvin scores a goal against Canada in the overtime penalty shootout during the women's hockey gold medal game at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. It's what we expected: "back and forth hockey".

The loss remained an open wound and the Americans took every opportunity to remind the 13 new players that this was something they never want to experience. She was part of Canada's winning team in 2014. She has seen plenty of both teams, faced far more shots than she probably would like to remember.

"So it is hard to comment on the combined team, because in this situation it worked, but it was out of our control, so I can't really comment on the future at this time".

Poulin has been the source of many a nightmare for the United States. "We wanted to thank them for all the support".

Murray said the attitude of her squad had been crucial in the successful integration of the North Korean players. It beat Finland 5-0 in the quarterfinals.

"But once the puck is dropped you're on auto pilot", Jenner added.

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Trudeau said the Canadian women "played unbelievable".

The American squad has spent four years talking about the Olympics in the future tense.

Canada set for gold as they sit in the final heat for the men's 5000m relay. On Thursday morning in PyeongChang, they can't re-write history but they certainly can turn the page on their own.

"We have a lot of speed, talent and skill and we're ready".

"It's a dream come true", Jocelyne said.

"As an elite athlete, if you don't learn from it you're not going to get better from it", said American forward Kendall Coyne.

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