It was too little, too late for the American team.
Canada beat the United States 3-2 in Thursday’s gold medal game at the 2022 Winter Olympics. The victory gives Canada its fifth women’s hockey gold medal, while the United States United will receive its fourth silver medal.
Marie-Philip Poulin has scored in each of the last three gold medal games against Team USA, including game-winning goals in 2010 and 2014. With two goals on Thursday, she has up to seven goals in career gold medal games. She became the first hockey player – male or female – to score in four Olympic gold medal competitions.
Sarah Nurse got Canada on the board less than eight minutes into the game.
Then Captain Clutch took over.
Poulin scored his first goal with less than five minutes remaining in the first quarter.
She came back midway through the second period and extended the Canadian lead to 3-0.
With an assist on the play, Nurse set the record for most points in an Olympic hockey tournament (18).
The United States had overcome a three-goal deficit against Canada in the Olympic gold medal game earlier. After falling 4-1 in the third period at the Nagano Games in 1998, Team USA scored six unanswered goals to win the first-ever women’s hockey gold medal.
A similar comeback wasn’t in the cards this time around, however.
Hilary Knight, playing in her fourth gold medal game, put Team USA on the board with a shorthanded goal late in the second period.
Team USA retired goaltender Alex Cavallini with over three minutes left in the game and had a six-to-four chance in the final 1:25. Amanda Kessel made it a one-goal game with 12.5 seconds left, but the Americans didn’t have enough time to try to tie.
Kessel, Kendall Coyne Schofield, Brianna Decker – who was injured in Team USA’s first game of the tournament – and Lee Stecklein all won their third Olympic medals. Nine Team USA players returned from the Team USA roster at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics, while eight players made their Olympic debuts in Beijing.