Updated Feb 17, 2022 - Sports

Canada beats defending champion U.S. to win women's hockey gold

U.S. goaltender Alex Cavallini #33 looks on after Canada scored in the first period during the Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Gold Medal match Thursday.

Goaltender Alex Cavallini, #33 of Team USA looks on after Canada scores in the first period of their women's ice hockey gold medal match on Day 13 of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Wukesong Sports Centre in Beijing, China, on Thursday. Photo: Elsa/Getty Images

Canada beat the U.S. 3-2 in the women's hockey final to win the Beijing Winter Olympics gold medal on Thursday.

Details: Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice and assisted in Sarah Nurse's goal for the Canadians. Hilary Knight scored the first goal for the U.S. and Amanda Kessel added another with 13.5 seconds left.

Worth noting: Knight set a new record for most Olympic appearances in U.S. women's hockey history (22) when she took the ice in the final.

The big picture: The U.S. was the defending Olympic champion, after beating Canada in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games final. But Canada was the favorite to win.

  • The U.S. women's team's silver medal came one day after the American men lost to Slovakia in the quarterfinals.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of the scorers, the Pyeongchang Olympics final and Knight's record.

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