Though the USA and Canada seemed destined to collide with gold on the line at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, few could have predicted the amazing chapter that was about to be written in this epic rivalry.
The road to the final game was anything but easy. In the semi-final Canada would face the tenacious Swiss team who battled hard, but ultimately would fall 3-1. The USA would take on Sweden in their semi-final match up, conjuring memories of the upset in 2006 when Sweden prevailed in a shootout. The USA would succeed this time however and the stage was set for another showdown with the Canadians.
The teams battled hard in a scoreless, but penalty-filled first period of the gold medal game. It was the Americans who would strike first, with Meghan Duggan scoring midway through the second frame. The USA would extend their lead early in the third period when Alex Carpenter found the back of the net. It appeared as though the Americans were gold medal bound until Canada's Brianne Jenner cut the lead to one with three and half minutes to play. The goal seemed to breathe new life into the Canadian team and with their net empty and just seconds on the clock Marie-Philip Poulin would tie the game at two.
It would take extra time to decide the 2014 Women's Olympic Hockey champion. A Canadian penalty was followed quickly by two American infractions, resulting in a four on three power play for the Canadians. The Canadians moved the puck with expert precision on the power play and when Marie-Philip Poulin scored her second goal of the game, the result was the fourth consecutive gold medal for Canada.
Swiss goaltender Florence Schelling along with Finnish forward Michelle Karvinen and defender Jenni Hiirikoski were named the tournament's best players as selected by the directorate.