WDAY.com

WDAZ: Your Home Team

Published February 20, 2014, 05:11 PM

U.S. women's hockey team loses gold in a heartbreaker

U.S. players stood on one side of the arena, many of them in tears, waiting for their silver medals.

By: Brad Elliott Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald

The scene was familiar.

U.S. players stood on one side of the arena, many of them in tears, waiting for their silver medals.

But this wasn’t Vancouver. This was much worse.

The Americans – less than four minutes away from winning their first gold medal in women’s hockey since 1998 – allowed two goals in the final 3:26, then lost the championship in overtime, 3-2 to Canada.

Marie Philip-Poulin, who scored both goals of Canada’s 2-0 win in the gold medal game four years ago, added to her Olympic lore by scoring the game-tying goal in the last minute and adding the winner on the power play at 8:10 of the extra session.

It was the fourth straight gold medal for the Canadians and their 20th consecutive win at the Olympic Games, dating back to the 1998 finals.

"It's really hard to swallow right now," Jocelyne told the Pioneer Press. "It was a tough one for sure. It sucks."

The U.S. appeared to be en route to the gold thanks to a second-period goal by Meghan Duggan and a third-period tally by Alex Carpenter, but Canada rallied in the final minutes.

Grand Forks natives Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux will bring back a second silver medal to Grand Forks, where they have become North Dakota’s first two athletes to win two medals at the Olympic Games.

Warroad’s Gigi Marvin will become her town’s first to win two medals as well.

But it might not be much consolation to the three local players who were heartbroken after the loss in Vancouver and spent the last four years focused on the Sochi Games.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be played in Pyeongchang, South Korea. It’s unknown if the Lamoureuxs or Marvin will be on that squad in four years.

Overall, UND’s players had a strong showing at the Sochi Games.

Michelle Karvinen, who played for Finland, led the tournament in both goals and points and won the prestigious Directorate Award as the best forward in the tournament. Monique Lamoureux finished third in goals.

Jocelyne Lamoureux, meanwhile, had an assist in the gold medal game and led the Olympics in that category. UND freshman Susanna Tapani, who plays for Finland, finished second in the tournament in assists.

Tags: