The women’s hockey tournament proved yet again that the 2014 United States women’s hockey team and Canada’s roster continue to be the best in class of Olympic women’s hockey. In Sochi, Canada edged out the US in the closest gold medal game between the two. The rest of the women’s field showed that even though they have a long way to go before catching the US and Canada they are making big improvements.
For the first time in an Olympic gold medal game between Canada and the US women’s hockey team, overtime was needed to decide a winner. Marie-Philip Poulin scored the goal to give Canada the win and their 4th Olympic gold medal. During the final five minutes of the game Canada scored two goals and the US hit the post on an empty net leading to the overtime period.
In overtime both US and Canada came out swinging, exchanging chances at a furious pace but both goaltenders were equal to the task. Each team took a penalty early in overtime. During the 3-on-3 play Hillary Knight took down Hayley Wickenheiser giving Canada a power play. With the 5-3 advantage Poulin was able to put the puck in the back of the net and sent the US Olympic hockey team home with another bitter silver medal.
Switzerland defeated Sweden in the bronze medal game to win their first ever Olympic medal in women’s hockey. The medal was the first Olympic hockey medal of any kind for Switzerland in 66 years.
Also making huge improvements in women’s hockey was team Japan who qualified for their first Olympics since 1998. Despite finishing in 8th place, the Japanese women brought an excitement to their games that was unmatched by the veteran Olympic teams. Their excitement also made their photos extra special to look at.
We have collected the 25 best photos from the women’s Olympic hockey tournament in Sochi. It includes everything from team Japan to the US women’s hockey team.
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