Consider Team USA’s demons exorcised.
The U.S. women’s hockey team ended a 20-year drought in thrilling fashion Thursday in South Korea, defeating Team Canada 3-2 in a shootout to capture their first Olympic gold medal since 1998.
How’d they pull off the victory? With a little help from Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, who in the sixth round of the shootout scored one of the nastiest goals you’ll see anywhere.
The U.S. needed one last save to seal the win, and goaltender Maddie Rooney obliged, stoning Canada’s Meghan Agosta to give the Americans gold at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Here’s how the final sequence went down:
The celebration, as you can imagine, was anything but subdued.
You can watch the full shootout here, and trust us: It’s worth it.
The victory represented sweet redemption for Team USA, which had taken silver at the previous two Olympics after losing to Canada in both the 2010 and 2014 gold medal games.
It’s just the second gold medal ever for the U.S. — and it came on a very special date in American hockey history.
Unfortunately, the men can’t provide an encore this year, as they fell in the quarterfinals to the Czech Republic.
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