The gold medal was in reach for the U.S. women’s hockey team on Thursday, but a late surge from archrival Canada forced overtime, and Marie-Philip Poulin’s goal in the extra period gave her team a 3-2 victory and extended the Canadians’ reign over the event.
Team Canada has now won the tournament in four straight Olympics, as the Americans suffered heartbreak for second consecutive time in the final. Trailing 2-0 with time winding down in the third period, Canada received goals from Brianne Jenner and Poulin to tie and extend the game.
In overtime, Poulin didn’t waver with a chance for glory on the line as she buried the puck in the back of the net to send her team into sheer ecstasy. Just like the men did four years ago in Vancouver, the U.S. and Canada delivered a 3-2 overtime thriller that will go down as an instant classic.
Earlier in the day, Switzerland came back from a 3-0 deficit in the third period to beat Sweden 4-3 for the bronze medal. Here are your medalists in women's hockey:
Silver: United States