Canada is back on top of the women’s hockey world as they defeat the US in the 2022 Winter Olympics, 3-2.
We always knew it would be great game because it was Canada and the US in a gold medal game. That’s just how hockey goes. But wow what a fun one that was. The one shocker - it didn’t go to overtime...?
Canada thought they had scored within the first five minutes of the game but the goal by Natalie Spooner was eventually called back on a coach’s challenge. It didn’t take long for Canada to get that goal back; however, as Sarah Nurse scored an absolute beauty of a goal off a face off set play. This one counted, as did the goal 15 minutes into the period by who else but Marie-Philip Poulin. Death, taxes, and Poulin scoring in a gold medal game against the US.
Poulin hit the score sheet again midway through the second, her seventh career goal in a gold medal game. Nurse had the assist on the goal which gave her two Olympics records - most points in an single women’s hockey Olympics (18) and most assists in a single women’s hockey Olympics (13). A huge night for both of them.
Knight wouldn’t let the night finish without a fight however as she came down on a penalty kill and did what she does: score. She got the US on the board and it would be their only goal until the final 12.5 seconds of the when Amanda Kessel scores on a flurry. But it was too little too late and Canada secured their 5th Olympic gold medal in 7 Games.
Canada: Sarah Nurse, Marie-Philip Poulin, Poulin
US: Hilary Knight (shorthanded), Amanda Kessel (power play)