by Callum Ng
February 20, 2014 (ISN) – Canada has won the gold medal game in women’s hockey by a score of 3-2 in OT. The win extends Canada’s streak to four straight Olympic gold medals going back to Salt Lake City 2002.
Marie-Philip Poulin was the hero, twice. She registered the tying goal with 55 seconds to go in the third, and then on an OT powerplay finished off the game with an in close one-timer.
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The first period contained a handful of penalties, three against Canada and two the other way, as the referees established the standard for the game. The USA broke the scoring halfway through the second, an even strength one-timer by captain Meghan Duggan. A rising puck went up and over the left shoulder of Shannon Szabados who to that point had been very sharp. Later in the period Canada was given a two-man advantage, but couldn’t convert.
Entering the third period with the score still 1-0 for the Americans, Tara Watchorn took her third penalty of the game, a tripping call near the Canadian blueline. With six seconds left on the man advantage, forward Alex Carpenter tipped a far side shot into the Canadian goal.
From there the Americans kept any Canadian advances to the outside, allowing only 7 shots on Vetter until Brianne Jenner snuck one in behind the US netminder with 3:26 to go.
Then things really got interesting.
FIRST: Canada had Shannon Szabados on the bench when a US clearing attempt dribbled down on goal and bounced off the post.
SECOND: With 55 seconds left in the game, Marie-Philip Poulin found herself all alone in front of Vetter, deked to her forehand and tied the game bringing a partially Canadian crowd to their feet.
THIRD: In OT, with both teams penalized and only three on the ice for each side, Hayley Wickenheiser took the puck on a breakaway and was hauled down. No penalty shot, but Canada was given the extra attacker.
GAME OVER: With the 4-on-3 Canada worked the puck around, before getting it to Poulin, who buried the golden goal. It was her fourth gold medal game tally, counting the two she scored back at Vancouver 2010.