On the sport’s biggest stage, against the Americans’ greatest rival, with all her teammates leaning eagerly over the boards watching her every move, the three-time Olympian came back to her forehand to finish off a dazzling, triple-deke move by sliding the puck into the net past the outstretched glove of Szabados for the deciding goal in the sixth round of a shootout thriller.
“I knew when that went in that Maddie was going to stop the next one,” Lamoureux-Davidson said.
That would be 20-year-old goalie Maddie Rooney, who stuffed the last two Canadian shooters to wrap up a 3-2 victory Thursday that snapped the Americans’ 20-year gold medal drought and ended Canada’s bid for a fifth straight title in the first shootout in an Olympic women’s final.
The Americans piled over the boards, throwing gloves in the air before piling on top of Rooney on the ice — 20 years after their last gold medal in women’s hockey and 38 years to the day after the men’s famous “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Soviet team in group play at Lake Placid.
“Joy’s the only word that comes to mind,” said Gigi Marvin, a three-time Olympian and at 30 the oldest American on the roster.
This victory capped a year that started with the Americans threatening a boycott of the world championships to secure more money and the same treatment that USA Hockey gives to the men’s team.
“They should make a movie on it,” forward Hilary Knight said. “We had all the drama and everything. It’s sort of a storybook ending to an incredible series of accomplishments.”
Nothing was more incredible than the move by Lamoureux-Davidson, who decided to use the deke called “Oops, I did it again ” — something she had practiced uncounted times in practice, skating around tires set up on open ice to mimic defenders.
“I’m just thrilled beyond words,” the beaming Lamoureux-Davidson said with a U.S. flag draped around her shoulders and gold hanging on her chest. “I’ve butchered it a thousand times, just ran into tires, tripped over tires just working on my hands. Just glad it worked out this time.”
Her twin, Monique Lamoureux-Morando, said coach Peter Elander, now at Ohio State, had taught the sisters the shootout move when the three were at the University of North Dakota.
“Not everyone can take the pressure like that, and she took it like a champ,” she said.
Marvin and Amanda Kessel also scored in the shootout, another nail-biter ending four years after Canada won its fourth-straight gold medal in Sochi after rallying to stun the Americans in overtime.
Knight gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead with 25.4 seconds left in the first, redirecting a shot from Sidney Morin through Szabados’ pads to give the Americans a jolt of energy.
That lasted only 2 minutes into the second when Irwin tipped a midair pass from Blayre Turnbull over Rooney’s left leg for Canada. And when Morin lost the puck, Daoust grabbed it and passed to Agosta who hit Poulin for the wrister into the left side of the net at 6:55 for a 2-1 lead.
Lamoureux-Morando tied it up with a breakaway with 6:21 left in regulation . Knight also had a goal and Rooney was spectacular, making 29 saves for the win. Rooney stopped the last two Canadian shooters in the shootout in Brianne Jenner and then Meghan Agosta on her second attempt.
Pressure? Rooney’s grin was clear to see throughout the shootout.
“Right before she came down, I just looked over at the bench and saw my teammates like pointing at me, just one more,” Rooney said. “And to have their support made it a whole lot easier. I just reacted to her, and then everything kind of went into a blur.”
It was sweet redemption for the 10 Americans who watched the Canadians snatch gold away in Sochi. Not only did the Americans end the Canadians’ stranglehold on Olympic gold, they ended a skid of five straight against their rival coming into this game, including a 2-1 loss in the tournament a week ago.
“It is everything for our country,” U.S. coach Robb Stauber said. “I am just so thankful for the outcome. It was a thrilling final. It was unreal.”
Marie-Philip Poulin and Haley Irwin each scored goals for Canada. Agosta and Melodie Daoust scored in the shootout.
The Canadians, who had pushed the Americans around for much of the game and taken penalties for it, wept on the ice as they accepted their silver medals. Jocelyne Larocque took hers off immediately and held it in her hands as the Americans stood nearby awaiting their gold.
“It’s just hard,” Larocque said. “You work so hard. We wanted gold but didn’t get it.”
The Canadians said they didn’t like the shootout format , preferring overtime to settle a game of such magnitude.
“We’ve trained so hard,” Agosta said. “It’s unfortunate this had to come down to a shootout. When it comes down to a shootout it can be anybody’s game.”
Added Canada coach Laura Schuler: “There’s not a lot of words that can describe how you feel. It was a great game of hockey. It’s what we expected: back and forth hockey.”
The Americans had dominated the women’s game in non-Olympic years, winning the last four and eight of the last 10 world championships, including a 3-2 overtime victory over Canada last spring.
It only made the lack of gold at the Olympics all the more noticeable, and Canada has been in their way since losing the inaugural gold in Nagano in 1998. Canada had won 24 straight Olympic games to go along with those four consecutive gold medals — a streak of success in a women’s team sport second only to the U.S. basketball team’s current streak of six straight gold.
This was the eighth time these North American rivals had met in the Olympics and the fifth with gold on the line. None of the previous seven was decided by more than two goals.
Stauber went with Rooney in net after she won the only three games the U.S. took from Canada last fall during a pre-Olympic exhibition tour.
And like Lamoureux-Davidson, the youngster delivered in the biggest moment.
“Everything got into a blur, seeing my teammates sprinting at me,” Rooney said. “It’s an indescribable feeling.”
Jocelyne Nicole Lamoureux-Davidson (born July 3, 1989) is an American ice hockey forward. She scored the game-winning shootout goal to win the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics against Canada after her twin sister Monique tied the game near the end of regulation.
Lamoreux-Davidson also won silver medals for the United States women’s national ice hockey team at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. Lamoureux played one season of NCAA hockey for the University of Minnesota and three for the University of North Dakota. In the 2018 Olympics, she scored two goals six seconds apart, an Olympic record for shortest time between goals by anyone, men or women.
Jocelyne and her twin sister were both all-state in ice hockey as teenagers. Together they played on the Peewee A Boys’ team in 2001–02 team (called the Wheat Kings) as twelve-year-olds, leading them to the North Dakota State Hockey championship. Afterwards they accepted a scholarship to Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Minnesota, the same school at which Sidney Crosby played. The Lamoureux sisters led the school to four state titles and three national championships (2005, 2006, and 2007). In her freshman year (2004–05), she accumulated 102 points (47 goals, 55 assists) in 60 games. In the following season she had 137 points (68 goals, 69 assists) in 59 games to place second on the team in points and first in goals. In 2006–07 she ranked second on the team with 131 points (65 goals, 66 assists), and tallied 107 points (42 goals, 65 assists) in 27 games as a senior.
2017-18 U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
MOST RECENT TEAM
|2||Lee Stecklein||D||6-0 (183)||170 (77)||4/23/94||L||Roseville, Minn.||University of Minnesota (WCHA)|
|3||Cayla Barnes||D||5-1 (154)||145 (66)||1/7/99||R||Eastvale, Calif.||Boston College (HEA)|
|5||Megan Keller||D||5-11 (180)||150 (68)||5/1/96||L||Farmington, Mich.||Boston College (HEA)|
|6||Kali Flanagan||D||5-5 (165)||130 (59)||9/19/95||R||Burlington, Mass.||Boston College (HEA)|
|7||Monique Lamoureux-Morando||D||5-6 (168)||155 (70)||7/3/89||R||Grand Forks, N.D.||Minnesota Whitecaps|
|8||Emily Pfalzer||D||5-2 (157)||125 (57)||6/14/93||R||Buffalo, N.Y.||Buffalo Beauts (NWHL)|
|9||Megan Bozek||D||5-8 (173)||170 (77)||3/27/91||R||Buffalo Grove, Ill.||Buffalo Beauts (NWHL)|
|10||Meghan Duggan||F||5-10 (178)||160 (73)||9/3/87||R||Danvers, Mass.||Boston Pride (NWHL)|
|12||Kelly Pannek||F||5-8 (173)||165 (75)||12/29/95||R||Plymouth, Minn.||University of Minnesota (WCHA)|
|14||Brianna Decker||F||5-4 (163)||148 (67)||5/13/91||R||Dousman, Wis.||Boston Pride (NWHL)|
|17||Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson||F||5-6 (168)||155 (70)||7/3/89||R||Grand Forks, N.D.||Minnesota Whitecaps|
|19||Gigi Marvin||D||5-8 (173)||162 (73)||3/7/87||R||Warroad, Minn.||Boston Pride (NWHL)|
|20||Hannah Brandt||F||5-6 (168)||150 (68)||11/27/93||R||Vadnais Heights, Minn.||Minnesota Whitecaps|
|21||Hilary Knight||F||5-11 (180)||172 (78)||7/12/89||R||Sun Valley, Idaho||Boston Pride (NWHL)|
|22||Kacey Bellamy||D||5-7 (170)||145 (66)||4/22/87||L||Westfield, Mass.||Boston Pride (NWHL)|
|24||Dani Cameranesi||F||5-5 (165)||155 (70)||6/30/95||L||Plymouth, Minn.||University of Minnesota (WCHA)|
|25||Alex Carpenter||F||5-7 (170)||155 (70)||4/13/94||L||North Reading, Mass.||Boston Pride (NWHL)|
|26||Kendall Coyne||F||5-2 (157)||125 (57)||5/25/92||L||Palos Heights, Ill.||Minnesota Whitecaps|
|28||Amanda Kessel||F||5-6 (168)||130 (59)||8/28/91||R||Madison, Wis.||New York Riveters (NWHL)|
|29||Nicole Hensley||G||5-6 (168)||180 (82)||6/23/94||L||Lakewood, Colo.||Lindenwood University (CHA)|
|33||Alex Rigsby||G||5-7 (170)||155 (70)||1/3/92||L||Delafield, Wis.||Minnesota Whitecaps|
|35||Maddie Rooney||G||5-6 (168)||150 (68)||7/7/97||L||Andover, Minn.||University of Minnesota Duluth (WCHA)|
|37||Amanda Pelkey||F||5-3 (160)||130 (59)||5/29/93||R||Montpelier, Vt.||Boston Pride (NWHL)|
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