United States women beat Canada in shootout to claim first gold since 1998

Members of the Canadian Olympic women's hockey team celebrate after taking a 2-0 lead during Monday's game against Olympic Athletes of Russia Canada won 5-0 and will meet the US for the gold medal game. Taken from @TeamCanada Twitter

PyeongChang 2018One of the greatest rivalries of the Olympic Winter Games will be renewed at PyeongChang 2018 when Canada and US meet in the women's ice hockey gold medal match at the Gangneung Ice Arena on Thursday 22 February.

Monique Lamoureux-Morando upped the ante with a breakaway and made it a nailbiter as she tied it 2-2 for the American's less than seven minutes into the third. The Canadians have managed to win the past five meetings, including a 2-1 victory in the round-robin round of these Olympics last week.

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.

The game came down to 20 minutes of scoreless overtime, and then finally to a shootout, where it took six attempts for the Americans to finally prevail.

"They do not know the heartbreak", said American defenceman Kacey Bellamy, who was there. The gold medal game will also feature the tournament's top two goaltenders in Canada's Shannon Szabados (.973 save percentage) and USA's Maddie Rooney (.951 save percentage).

Canadians across the country were pretty pumped for the gold medal match-up between Canada and the U.S.in PyeongChang. Canada will face Germany in Friday's semifinals after the Germans shocked Sweden 4-3 in overtime in quarterfinal play.

"It is everything for our country", USA coach Robb Stauber said. I'm proud of my teammates and can't thank everyone who supported us enough.

"I think it's really neat to kind of play under those girls and they're obviously our role models and to get to be in that program with them and be associated with them is something special".

The Americans earned an early edge, when Hilary Knight skated in front of the Canadian net and redirected a Sidney Morin shot into the goal for a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period.

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"What's in the past gives us confidence", said Geneviève Lacasse, the Canadian goaltender playing in her second Winter Games.

"It's a new game tomorrow, and I'm going to have to bring our best game and then go from there". The men have done it, most recently when Sweden beat Canada in 1994.

The U.S. had plenty of opportunities in the first period with three power plays.

The U.S. prevailed 3-2 in the shootout after the teams were locked at 2-2 after regulation and through a 20-minute overtime period.

"We're super excited to be in this position", she said after the USA's victory against Finland. Canada's pair of Phylicia George and Kaillie Humphries moved from fifth into third to finish on the podium, leapfrogging the German team of Stephanie Schneider and Annika Drazek and the American dup of Aja Evans and Jamie Greubel Poser.



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