For the first time since 1998, the United States women's hockey team has won the gold medal in the Olympics after a thrilling 3-2 shootout victory over Canada on Thursday.
The game started at 10 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday and wrapped up early Thursday morning when Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored an incredible goal in the sixth round of the shootout.
"It is everything for our country," U.S. coach Robb Stauber, a Duluth native and former Gopher said, via ESPN. "I am just so thankful for the outcome. It was a thrilling final. It was unreal."
The Americans wouldn't have won without the play of Andover, Minnesota native Maddie Rooney in goal. The 20-year-old made 20 saves – some of them incredible – and stopped Canada's final two shootout attempts to help claim the gold.
A goal by Hilary Knight on a deflection of Minnetonka native Sidney Morin's shot gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead with just 25 seconds left in the first period.
Canada scored the next two before the U.S. caught the Canadians on a line change and found Monique Lamoureux-Morando (Grand Forks, North Dakota) with a breakout pass that she finished off by beating the goalie high, tying the score 2-2 with 6:21 to play.
Minnesota native Gigi Marvin and ex-Gopher Amanda Kessel also scored in the shootout.
In all, there are seven Minnesota natives on the roster, nine if you count Coach Stauber and equipment manager Brent Proulx.
- Lee Stecklein, Roseville
- Kelly Pannek, Plymouth
- Gigi Marvin, Warroad
- Hannah Brandt, Vadnais Heights
- Sidney Morin, Minnetonka
- Dani Cameranesi, Plymouth
- Maddie Rooney, Andover