Team USA topped four-time defending champion Team Canada on Thursday to earn its first gold in Olympics women’s hockey since 1998.
The gold-medal match featured a thrilling back-and-forth which extended long past a 2-2 split in regulation time. Both squads were unable to score in the 20-minute overtime period and ended the penalty shootout in another 2-2 tie to force a sudden-death shootout. Team USA’s Jocelyn Lamoureux then found the back of the net on the U.S.’s sixth attempt to clinch the 3-2 victory.
With the Canadian silver medal showing, the five Cornellians on Team Canada are the first Red alumni to make the podium at Pyeongchang.
Rebecca Johnston ’12 added a third medal to her previous two gold medals in Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 to tie with Kevin Freeman ’63 as the second-most decorated Olympians in Cornell history. Both rank behind Pablo Morales Jr, J.D. ’94, who has five medals to his name.
Laura Fortino ’13, Lauriane Rougeau ’13 and Brianne Jenner ’15 each added a second medal to their previous gold from Sochi 2014, while Jillian Saulnier ’15 earned her first Olympic medal.
Correction: An earlier version of this report incorrectly stated that Johnston tied the Cornell record for Olympic medals. Johnston ranks second in career Olympic medals behind Pablo Morales Jr, J.D. ’94 who has three gold and two silver medals through the 1984 Los Angeles and 1992 Barcelona Games.