Best Pictures of Women’s Olympic Hockey – Sochi 2014

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Marie-Philip Poulin celebrates her goal making it 2-2 during the women’s gold medal hockey game between USA and Canada at the Winter Olympics on February 20, in Sochi, Russia. Daniel A. Anderson/ZUMA Press/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericasten279371

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.

See more amazing pictures for the gold medal game between the US and Canada back at Newscom.

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Canada’s Meghan Agosta (L) shoves United States’ Anne Schleper during the second period of the women’s gold medal ice hockey game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. BRIAN KERSEY/UPI/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: upiphotostwo295704

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Canada’s Rebecca Johnston (6) is checked by Team USA’s Anne Schleper during the second period of the women’s ice hockey gold medal game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, February 20, 2014. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: rtrlsix308805

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Players of the Japanese national women’s ice hockey team lie on the ice as they pose for a picture prior to their scheduled training session at the Shayba Arena in preparation for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 6, 2014. The women’s ice hockey competition begins on February 8. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: rtrlsix268000

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The puck flies into the air after hitting the wall in front of Switzerland forward Alina Muller (25) during the second period of the women’s Bronze Medal hockey game against Sweden at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, February 20, 2014. Harry E. Walker/MCT/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: krtphotoslive665915

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Switzerland’s Jessica Lutz (17) swings teammate Romy Eggimann as they celebrate after defeating Sweden in their women’s ice hockey bronze medal game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 20, 2014. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: rtrlsix308191

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Canada’s Catherine Ward (L) and Switzerland’s Sara Benz fight for the puck in their women’s semifinal ice hockey match at Shayba Arena during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The Canadian team won the game 3:1 and got through to the Olympic final. Sochi, Russia, February 18, 2014. Fadeichev Sergei/Itar-Tass/ABACA/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: abaphotostwo056755

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Erica Uden Johansson of Sweden celebrates after scoring against Switzerland during the Women’s Bronze Medal Game between Switzerland and Sweden at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in the men’s Ice Hockey tournament at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Sochi, Russia, 20 February 2014. SRDJAN SUKI/EPA/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: epalive073548

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Canada’s goalie Shannon Szabados looks on at a puck in the women’s semifinal ice hockey match against Switzerland at Shayba Arena during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The Canadian team won the game 3:1 and got through to the Olympic final. Sochi, Russia, February 18, 2014. Fadeichev Sergei/Itar-Tass/ABACA/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: abausaphotostwo041889

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Russia’s goalie Anna Prugova makes a save on a shot by Sweden’s Erica Uden Johansson (L) during the second period of their women’s preliminary round ice hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 13, 2014. BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: rtrlsix289572

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Finland’s Jenni Hiirikoski (1st, L) celebrates after scoring during the women’s Ice Hockey group A preliminary round match against Switzerland at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games at the Shayba Arena in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014. Finland won 4-3. Wang Haofei/Xinhua/Photoshot/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: ptsphotoshottwo397819

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Members of Japan’s women’s ice hockey team bow to the crowd after being defeated by Germany’s women’s ice hockey team in their women’s preliminary round hockey game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 13, 2014. JIM YOUNG/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: rtrlsix287635

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U.S. forward Hilary Knight celebrates her goal against Finland during the first period in a women’s hockey game at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, February 8, 2014. Brian Cassella/MCT/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: krtphotoslive661602

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Finland’s goalie Noora Raty makes a save against Germany in the third period of their women’s ice hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 16, 2014. PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: rtrlsix296472

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Canada Natalie Spooner (24) jumps on the back of Meghan Augusta. Didier Debusschere/ZUMA Press/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: zumaamericasten231161

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