Hilary Knight '07 and the United States women's ice hockey team claimed their first gold medal in Olympic play in 20 years. The 1998 Nango Olympic games was the last time that the US had taken home the gold. Coming ever so close four years ago, the women were ready to reclaim the title as #1 in the world.
Alum Hilary Knight got the US on the board first on a power play late in the first period. Knight deflected a shot behind the Canadian goalie. Canada would not back down and tied the game up early in the second and went ahead before the halfway mark of the second. The score remained the same until Monique Lamoureux tied the game at two with just over six minutes left in the game. The teams finished regulation knotted at two.
No stranger to overtime, these teams played overtime in the last Olympic gold medal game in Sochi in which Canada won on a power play goal from Marie-Philip Poulin. The US was not about to have the same fate, taking the game to Canada in OT. The US hit a post and created several key opportunities, but were unable to finish. At the end of OT the game was still tied at two. International play then calls for a five round shootout. Knight had a chance to win it in the fifth round but Canada's goalie was up to the task. In the sixth round the US would shoot first and Jocelyne Lamoureux made an incredible move sliding the puck past the Canadian goalie. Meghan Agosta had one last chance to tie it back up but net-minder Rooney for the US stopped her and officially ended the American drought of gold in women's ice hockey. Congratulations to Hilary Knight and Team USA in bringing the gold home on the same anniversary date of the Miracle on Ice in 1980.