Canada stuns U.S. with golden comeback

Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:48pm EST
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By Frank Pingue

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Canada fought back from the brink of defeat to stun their fiercest rivals the United States and capture a fourth consecutive Olympic women's ice hockey gold medal with a wild 3-2 overtime win at the Sochi Games on Thursday.

Trailing by two goals with under four minutes to play in regulation, Canada scored twice, including one with 55 seconds to play, before going on to win on Marie-Philip Poulin's goal eight minutes into the sudden-death overtime period.

"We've worked so hard all year, we've been together for a really long time, we never gave up and I think it showed," said Canadian forward Meghan Agosta.

"We never gave up, we kept battling and knew it was still possible and it just showed tonight."

The triumph capped an undefeated run in Sochi for a Canada team that have won four of the five gold medals awarded since women's ice hockey made its debut at the 1998 Nagano Games.

Switzerland beat Sweden earlier on Thursday to claim bronze.

The Americans, who were clinging to a 2-1 lead late in the third period, almost sealed the win when Kelli Stack sent a clearing shot down the length of the ice that hit the post of a Canadian net left empty in favour of an extra attacker.

That proved costly as Poulin tied the game moments later, crushing the hearts of an American team that could almost taste their first Olympic gold medal since 1998.   Continued...

Canada's players celebrate after defeating Team USA to win their women's ice hockey gold medal game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young