The Canadian women came up just short in their quest for a fifth straight gold as they fell to the Americans in a shootout. Canada was set back with a series of penalties early in the game, but managed to take a 2–1 lead at the end of the second. In the third period, Canada was caught on a bad change when American Monique Lamoreux scored on a breakaway to tie the game. As the game was sent into overtime, the Canadian team began to tire and failed to match the Americans’ speed. Even when given a crucial 4-3 power play near the end of overtime, Canada failed to capitalise and the game had to be decided in a shootout. As the shootout needed extra rounds, Jocelyne Lamoreux scored the winning goal off a nasty deke as the Americans won their first gold since the 1998 Games. The incredible winning streak of the Canadian team also ends at 24.
The heartbreak continued for Canada as the Men’s Curling Team also fell to the United States in the semifinal. With the women’s team out of the playoff picture, it will be the first time in history where both the Canadian men and women will not win gold.
It was redemption for Canada’s Brady Leman as he won gold in the Men’s Ski Cross yesterday. At the Sochi Games in 2014, he had crashed out during the final race.
Canada also picked up two medals on the short track, as Kim Boutin won silver in the Women’s 1000 metres, her third this Games. The Canadian relay team led by Samuel Girard and Charles Hamelin also won bronze in the Men’s 5000 metre Relay. Hamelin retires with five Olympic medals, two of them gold.
Above Photo: The US Women’s Team celebrates after knocking off Canada in the gold medal game. (Valery Sharifulin, Getty Images)