Instant classic: USA women win gold in shootout over Canada

Seven Minnesota natives and more with Minnesota connections helped in the win.

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. 

You can watch back highlights of the game at NBC Olympics

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

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