United States forward Gigi Marvin (19) reacts to scoring a goal against Canada

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USA Hockey Defeats Canada In Shootout To Win Olympic Gold

In the first-ever shootout in a women's hockey gold-medal game, the U.S. defeated Canada to win its first gold medal in 20 years.

February 22, 2018 - 7:11 am

The United States defeated Canada 3-2 Thursday, snapping the Americans' 20-year gold medal drought and ending Canada's bid for a fifth-straight title. It was also the first-ever shootout in an Olympic women's final.

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The goal scored by Team USA's Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson put her team up by one, making it a must-score situation for Canada. Goalie Maddie Rooney saved the final shootout attempt by Canada, and Team USA piled over the boards to celebrate Olympic gold. 

It had been 20 years since the U.S. won its last gold medal in women's hockey, and 38 years since the men's well-know "Miracle on Ice" victory over the Soviet's team at Lake Placid, winning gold in those Olympics.