It was nervy and thrilling, however lastly Canada held on to safe a 3-2 victory within the closing as they noticed a 3-Zero lead evaporate underneath late stress from Workforce USA.
As the ultimate buzzer sounded, Canadian gamers erupted into cheers of celebration, some broke into tears and bundled collectively into a gaggle hug.
“It is simply so good. It is an awesome feeling,” Canadian ahead Marie-Philip Poulin, who scored two objectives within the closing, mentioned. “It was one hell of an effort. That is redemption.”
Not that they wanted the additional motivation, however Canada ladies’s ice hockey basic supervisor Gina Kingsbury had an progressive means to assist her gamers construct as much as the 2022 Winter Video games.
Kingsbury, a two-time Olympic champion as a participant, gave every member of the Canadian ladies’s group a clock which counted down the times and hours to the Beijing 2022 Opening Ceremony after Canada completed third within the 2019 World Championships.
The clock’s objective was to focus the Canadian gamers, and it got here significantly in helpful throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We had a group slogan that was known as ‘Impression the Pink,'” Canada’s Natalie Spooner mentioned. “Clearly, we could not be collectively as a group each single day, however it was impacting these days after we weren’t in a position to be collectively, ensuring we had been enhancing as people and as a group additionally.
“We had been that clock on a regular basis. We had it in our homes, and even by means of Covid, we clearly weren’t in a position to be collectively for lots of that point.
“So we had that clock there to verify we did our personal work on these off days to verify we had been prepared after we got here again as a group.
“It (the clock) had what number of days, hours, minutes, seconds till the Opening Ceremony on it.”
Every participant stored their clock in their very own distinctive places — Spooner says she stored hers within the kitchen — and Poulin says she’ll show the clock alongside her gold medal from Beijing.
And the Canadian gamers aren’t ruling out resetting the clock for Cortina in 2026.
Spooner mentioned: “The clock is at zero now, but when they re-start the clock for the subsequent 4 years then perhaps (she’s going to put it subsequent to the gold medal).”
“Would possibly as effectively,” Poulin mentioned when requested whether or not she’s going to reset it.
For defending champion Workforce USA, it was a painful finish to its Olympics marketing campaign.
The group confirmed grit and dedication to combat its means again into the ultimate, however got here up simply quick in its seek for what can be a game-tying objective.
US goaltender Alex Cavallini says she felt “fairly numb” within the aftermath of the defeat.
However for her personally, it was additionally a “fairly particular” second due to the accidents she was battling by means of.
“I truly tore my MCL (in mid-January 2022) and did not even know if I used to be going to make it on the flight right here,” Cavallini defined.
“I did not have a full apply till three days into after we received right here. Our third apply in was after I truly practiced. Did not know if I used to be going to get a begin or not.
“For me to have the ability to battle it out, because of our wonderful employees and training employees to imagine in me even after I did not and help me alongside the best way — that was an enormous deal for me to even get minutes right here.”
It was a marketing campaign fraught with adversity for Workforce USA, having misplaced star participant Brianna Decker to a damaged leg within the first recreation.
Decker’s US teammate, Lee Stecklein, helped push her onto the ice on her scooter to receiver her silver medal.
And Stecklein paid tribute to Decker’s influence on the entire squad by remaining with the group.
“There isn’t a doubt she was going to remain right here and be a part of this group. The ache she went by means of, I can not even think about.
“However for her to be with us means quite a bit. I do know it wasn’t simple for her on a regular basis, however we love her very a lot.”