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The United States Thursday defeated Canada 3-2 in a sudden-death shootout to win Winter Olympics gold in the women's ice hockey for the first time in 20 years.

Hillary Knight opened the scoring, giving the USA a 1-0 goal late in the first period. Monique Lamoureux-Morando tied the score with about six minutes to play.

Rooney's save clinched its team's first Olympic gold medal since the 1998 games in Nagano, when women's hockey made its debut on the Olympic stage and the US beat Canada 3-1 in the final.

Jocelyn Lamoureux scored the victor in the shootout, while Maddie Rooney stopped Meghan Agosta on the final shot to clinch the victory.

Rooney stopped 29 of 31 shots over regulation and overtime for the United States in the win, while Szabados stopped 39 of 41 shots for Canada in the loss.

Team USA players have often told the media that this was the biggest game of their careers.

Jocelyne Lamoureux scores in the sixth round of the shootout to win gold for the USA against Canada.

Hilary Knight scored first for Team USA while Canada answered back with Haley Irwin and team captain Marie-Philip Poulin putting the puck in the Americans' net.

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Twenty years after that victory in Nagano, Rooney, a redshirt junior at University of Minnesota Duluth making her Olympic debut, turned in a performance her teammates would later repeatedly refer to as unbelievable and poised.

"Just hard", she said. One player was so unhappy with the result that she immediately got rid of her silver medal. Larocque says she takes being a role model and representing Canada seriously and is truly sorry that her actions did not represent her values or those of her family and team.

Not only did the Americans snap the Canadians' stranglehold on Olympic gold, they ended a skid of five straight against their rival coming into this game, including a 2-1 loss to wrap up pool play a week ago. It was a hard-fought game full of rookies, as 13 of the US players had never seen Olympic play, although that didn't stop them from playing their way to the top of the podium.

That the USA men even reached the medal round took a minor miracle after opening round-robin play 2-4. "This whole year is for everyone that came before us".

The Canadians didn't wait long to equal the scoreboard with a goal just two minutes into the second period.

Beaten by the Canadians in the last two Olympic finals, the U.S. made a strong start, with Hilary Knight flicking them into a 1-0 lead late in the first period. These shifts full of chances and digging away at Canada motivated the rest of the American team.

Canada had a power play with 1:35 left in overtime after Megan Keller was flagged for an illegal hit, but couldn't come up with the decisive goal. They finished the eight-team tournament with a 2-3 record, while notching the first two wins ever for Japan in Olympic play.

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