SOCHI, Russia – Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) and Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) scored and goaltender Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.) turned away 28 shots, but the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team fell to Canada, 3-2, in overtime of the gold-medal game at the Olympic Winter Games.
Team USA held an 11-9 shots advantage in a back-and-forth first period, but neither team was able to break through for the game’s first score until Duggan converted midway through the middle frame.
After a turnover in the neutral zone, Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) wheeled into the zone and tried to drive the puck towards the net, but it was knocked off her stick in the left circle. Duggan swooped in, retrieved the puck and fired a hard wrister through traffic over Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados’ glove.
Carpenter doubled the U.S. lead at 2:01 of the third stanza with a power-play marker. After gaining possession of the puck and setting up in the offensive zone, Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) threaded a pass from the far circle to Carpenter sitting on the backdoor. Carpenter one-timed the puck over the left leg of Szabados, off the pipe and in. Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio) tallied the second assist on the play.
Team Canada cut the U.S. lead to 2-1 at 16:34 of the period when Brianne Jenner slipped to the middle of the ice, shot a puck off an American defender and past Vetter. Marie-Phillip Poulin knotted the score with 55 seconds remaining in regulation before winning the game on a power play at 8:10 of the extra session.
The 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team won its third silver medal in Olympic competition and finished the 2014 Olympic Winter Games with a record of 3-0-1-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L).
Notes: The U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team has medaled in all five Olympic appearances (gold-1998, silver-2002, 2010 and 2014, bronze-2006) ... Defenseman Megan Bozek and forwards Amanda Kessel and Hilary Knight were voted to the All-Star Team, as selected by the media ... Kessel (3-3--6), Knight (3-3--6), Kendall Coyne (2-4--6) and Brianna Decker (2-4--6) tied for the team lead with six points apiece in the tournament.