Marie-Philip Poulin powers Canada to women’s hockey gold

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Sochi, Russian Federation (4E Sports) – Marie-Philip Poulin scored the game-winning goal in overtime to cap Canada’s dramatic comeback from a two-goal deficit in the third en route to a 3-2 victory over the United States in the women’s hockey final at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Poulin sent the game into overtime after scoring at 19:05 of the third period and later scored on a 5-on-3 power play to lead the Canadians to their fourth straight Olympic women’s hockey gold medal.

Poulin’s performance brought memories of her heroics in the 2010 Vancouver Games where the scored both goals in Canada’s 2-0 win over the Americans in the gold-medal game.

Brianne Jenner added the other goal while Shannon Szabados had 27 saves for the Canadians.

It was a sorry loss for the Americans, who were leading by two goals early in the third before the Canadians scored twice in the last 3:30 to send the game to extra time.

Meghan Duggan and Alex Carpenter scored while Jessie Vetter stopped 28 shots for the Americans, who were still searching for their first women’s hockey gold since the 1998 Nagano Games.

Meanwhile, Switzerland defeated Sweden, 4-3, to capture the bronze medal in the event.

Sweden built up a 2-0-lead after two periods, with goals from Michelle Lowenhielm and Erica Uden Johansson.

However, Sara Benz scored early in the third to revitalize the Swiss team. Phoebe Stanz tied the game in a power play after 6:13 and Jessica Lutz scored Switzerland’s third with six minutes to play.

Alina Muller, the third youngest player to ever play ice hockey in the Olympics at 15, then scored an empty net goal at 18:53 to make it 4-2.

Sweden grabbed a late goal through Pernilla Winberg to make it 4-3 but Muller’s goal proved to be the difference.

The bronze was the first ever for Switzerland in Olympic women’s ice hockey.

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