Canada defeats US 3-2 To Win Women’s Ice Hockey Gold
Canada defeated Team USA 3-2 at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing to earn its fifth Olympic gold medal in women’s hockey. And Canada regained its place atop the women’s hockey world.
It was only fitting that Poulin delivered at a time her team needed it most by scoring twice, including her third Olympic gold-medal clinching goal, in Canada’s win over the defending champion United States.
The latest instalment in one of world sport’s most hotly contested rivalries was largely one-way traffic for the half-hour the outcome truly hung in the balance. Marie-Philip Poulin, known as “Captain Clutch”, scored twice as the defending world champions opened a three-goal lead behind an aggressive forechecking attack and a standout effort by in-form goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens, who finished with 38 saves.
It’s the fifth time Canada has won gold in women’s hockey at an Olympic Games but the first since Sochi 2014. Canada fell 3-2 to the United States in the championship contest at PyeongChang 2018, ending a streak of four straight gold medals. Since women’s hockey was added to the Olympic program at Nagano 1998, Canada and the United States have met in six of the seven gold medal matches.
“This is redemption,” said Poulin, whose double marked her sixth and seventh goals in four career Olympic gold medal games. “It’s just so good. It’s a great feeling. It was one hell of an effort.”
Meanwhile, Marielle Thompson has added a silver medal to her Olympic resume.
The Whistler B.C. native finished second in women’s ski cross on Wednesday in Beijing. She adds to the gold she won at Sochi 2014.
Thompson got out to a slow start in the final. She was trailing in fourth place for the first half of the race, but when she made her move never let go of the second place. Sweden’s Sandra Naeslund, who has dominated the World Cup circuit this season, took gold.
Canada has never missed the Olympic podium in women’s ski cross.
Canada’s tally raised to 20 medals, including 4 golds, 5 silvers, and 11 bronzes.