For the first time since the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, the United States are Olympic champions in women's hockey. On Feb. 22 at the Gangneung Hockey Centre, the United States beat Team Canada 3-2 in a shootout to win Olympic gold.
A major reason for the American victory was the play of twin sisters Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux. With Canada leading 2-1 over the United States with 6:21 left in the third period, Monique Lamoureux scored to tie the game at two goals apiece. Then, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the sixth round of the shootout to give the United States their second gold medal ever in women's hockey.
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Dani Cameranesi each led the United States in scoring during the tournament with five points each. Lamoureux-Davidson had four goals and one assist and Cameranesi had three goals and two assists.
The United States went through Group A with a record of two wins and one loss. They beat Finland 3-1 and the Olympic Athletes from Russia 5-0 before losing to Canada 2-1. In the semi-final, the United States beat Finland 5-0 to set up their showdown with Canada for the fifth time in Olympic history.
In men's hockey, the Olympic Athletes from Russia won the gold medal game with a dramatic 4-3 overtime win over Germany. Kirill Kaprizov scored the golden goal at 9:40 of overtime. Kaprizov, and Nikita Gusev were involved in all four goals. Gusev had two goals and two assists and Kaprizov had one goal and three assists.
The fact that Germany was in the gold medal game was the major story of the hockey tournament, and quite possibly the Olympic Winter Games. Germany was not expected to contend for a medal whatsoever, but then they shocked Sweden 4-3 in overtime in the quarterfinals and then Canada 4-3 in overtime in the semi-finals. The German win was their first in 16 games against Canada at the Olympic Winter Games in men's hockey. At the 1952 Olympic Winter Games in Oslo, Canada defeated West Germany 15-1. Germany was such a heavy underdog, the odds of them winning the gold medal before the tournament started was 60-1.
The United States went through Group B with a record of 1-1-1. They defeated Slovakia 2-1, lost 3-2 to Slovenia in overtime and lost 4-0 to the Olympic Athletes from Russia. In the qualification playoffs, they defeated Slovakia 5-1 before losing to the Czech Republic 3-2 in overtime in the quarterfinals. 4
Here are all the winners in hockey at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games:
(results will be posted after every event)
GOLD: United States
GOLD: Olympic Athletes from Russia