Mikkelson, Team Canada defeat Team USA in gold medal game


Feb. 20, 2014

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MADISON, Wis. -- Despite a goal from captain Meghan Duggan, the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team fell in overtime in the gold medal game to Team Canada, 3-2, Thursday in Sochi, Russia, as former Wisconsin standout and Canadian player Meaghan Mikkelson earned her second Olympic gold medal. 

The U.S. led for a good portion of the game, and held a 2-0 lead with less than four minutes to go, but two timely Canadian goals sent the game into overtime.

Duggan scored the game's first goal to put Team USA on the board midway through the second, launching a snipe into the top-right corner past Canada netminder Shannon Szabados to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead over Canada.

Team USA doubled its lead early in the third, as Alex Carpenter scored a power-play goal off of a nice feed by former Badger star Hilary Knight to propel the Americans to a 2-0 lead.

However, Canada would respond late as Mikkelson assisted on Brianne Jenner's goal with 3:26 left, which cut the U.S. lead to 2-1. Then with 55 seconds remaining, Canada's Marie-Philip Poulin went top shelf on Wisconsin great Jessie Vetter to knot the game at 2-2 and send the game into extra time.

In the sudden death overtime, which featured 4-on-4 hockey, the two squads skated furiously up and down the ice trying to create scoring chances for their teams. The two teams went played 3-on-3 hockey after each squad committed a penalty and Canada went on a 4-on-3 power play after Knight was called for cross-checking. Poulin scored again and tallied the game-winner in the extra session to give Canada its fourth Olympic women's hockey gold medal.

The Wisconsin trio of Vetter, Knight and Duggan captured their second silver medal, while Brianna Decker earned her first silver medal.

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