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Women’s overtime magic

Women’s overtime magic

Remembering 1997, 2000, 2011, and 2012

Published 21.02.2014 15:34 GMT+4 | Author Lucas Aykroyd
Women’s overtime magic
Canada's Marie-Philip Poulin is the newest hero to score the gold-medal-winning goal in overtime in a women's final. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
Canada’s 3-2 comeback win over the United States in the 2014 Olympic women’s final wasn’t the first time gold has been decided in overtime between these rivals.

It’s also happened at four IIHF World Women’s Championships, with Canada prevailing three times and the U.S. once.

In 2005, overtime wasn’t sufficient, and Angela Ruggiero scored the decisive shootout goal to give the U.S. a 1-0 final win over Canada.

Let’s take a quick look back at the biggest previous OT goals in women’s hockey history.

1997: Drolet’s Hat Trick Heroics

Canadian forward Nancy Drolet showed great grit in overtime versus the United States. The 23-year-old, who’d scored twice in regulation, took a hard hit from Vicki Movsessian just past the seven-minute mark of the extra session. But the native of Drummondville, Quebec pulled herself together on the bench and didn’t miss a shift.

At 12:59, Drolet scored the 4-3 winner, putting in a Hayley Wickenheiser rebound, and the home crowd in Kitchener, Ontario erupted with joy.

“I didn't want to say to myself, ‘Can I give more?’ after the game,” Drolet explained afterwards. “I just gave all I got, and I got three goals.”

It was Canada’s fourth consecutive world title.

2000: Drolet Does It Again

Broadly speaking, the 2000 gold medal game in Mississauga, Ontario followed the same script as the Olympic final in Sochi. The Americans took a 2-0 lead into the third period, but wound up falling 3-2 in overtime.

Drolet proved unstoppable again after Jayna Hefford had scored her second of the night at 13:34 to even the score.

Her slap shot at 6:10 of overtime hit American goalie Sara de Costa in the shoulder and trickled over the goal to make it six straight world titles for the host nation. For Drolet, her first goal of the tournament couldn’t have come at a better time.

“We really believed we could come back,” she said. “Then, when the game went into overtime, there was no doubt in our minds that we were going to get the gold.”

2011: Knight Rides to the Rescue

Star American forward Hilary Knight had a tough night in the 2014 gold medal game. She was in the penalty box for tripping Wickenheiser when Marie-Philip Poulin scored the overtime winner. But Knight will always cherish the memory of her own extra-time heroics at the 2011 tournament in Zurich, Switzerland.

She was the beneficiary of a fortuitous bounce off a skate, and she was standing in the right place to be a heroine for America.

“The puck came across the crease just behind the goal line and I put it into the net,” Knight said afterwards. “It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe when you score such a goal. It was a bit of a gift at the right time.”

Knight’s goal came after Canada’s Rebecca Johnston had scored with 3:56 left to force the extra session. It gave the U.S. its third straight World Championship.

2012: Ouellette Silences the Home Crowd

Caroline Ouellette, who served as the captain of Canada’s 2014 Olympic team, had a magical night in Burlington, Vermont. The veteran forward scored two goals, including the 5-4 overtime winner, giving Canada its first world title since 2007 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“Tessa Bonhomme was in front of the goalie and I screamed to Meghan [Agosta] for the puck. Yes, I can take credit for scoring, but Tessa made it happen by going to the net and taking everyone with her,” Ouellette said. “I just had to shoot. It was incredible.”

Similar to Sochi, the Americans had a late lead and were on the verge of victory, but Agosta tied the game with just 2:38 remaining.


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