Team Canada Wins Gold

Canada entered the gold medal final in an unusual position: as a heavy underdog. It was widely believed that the hometown American team had passed Canada as the most dominant nation in women's hockey. 

That appeared to be the case after the 1998 Olympics when the Americans defeated Canada for the inaugural women's Olympic hockey championship. The Americans also went 8-0 vs. Canada in eight pre-Olympic exhibition games.

That four year old wound was the ultimate motivation for Team Canada 2002, as captain Cassie Campbell and nine other returnees from the Nagano games led Canada's charge to a 3-2 upset of the heavily-favoured Americans in the Winter Games finale.

 "I feel so dumb sitting here crying but I really can't explain how this feels to me right now," Campbell told CBC. "It's been four long years of thinking of that disappointment in '98 and finally bringing the gold medal home to the country where it belongs, we deserve it."

Caroline Ouellette, Hayley Wickenheiser and Jayna Hefford scored Canada's goals, and Kim St-Pierre was outstanding in the nets. Wickenheiser was named tournament MVP, while Hefford scored the tournament's signature goal on a last-second breakaway at the end of the middle period.

Canada employed a heavy forecheck, but referee Stacey Livingston of Utica, N.Y., kept her whistle very busy. She called eight consecutive penalties against the Canadians during the opening two periods, giving the Americans ample power play time..

"It was absolutely atrocious," Wickenheiser said of the officiating.

Added Campbell: "I think that was the worst refereeing I've ever seen in women's hockey. ... We beat the USA four-on-five and we deserve this gold medal more than any team."

There was plenty of bad blood between the bitter rivals.

"The Americans had our flag on their floor in the dressing room," said an emotional Wickenheiser. "And now I want to know if they want us to sign it. We are so happy."

Women's hockey has come along way in a very short time. The gold medal final was the premiere event of the day at the Winter Games. Wayne Gretzky brought his family to the game. Most of the players from the Canadian and U.S. men's teams were present, as was Canadian figure skating darlings Jamie Sale and David Pelletier. Singer Alanis Morissette was also in attendance.


Game Summary

 
Box Score Canada

1

2

0

3

  United States

0

1

1

2

First Period

Goals:
CAN OUELLETTE, Caroline (PIPER, Cherie)  01:45  

Penalties:
USA LOONEY, Shelley  2 min.  HOLD  06:17  
USA KENNEDY, Courtney  2 min.  ROUGH  10:54  
CAN BOTTERILL, Jennifer  2 min.  TRIP  12:15  
CAN WICKENHEISER, Hayley  2 min.  DELAY  14:05  
CAN BRISSON, Therese  2 min.  BD-CK  17:01  
CAN SUNOHARA, Vicky  2 min.  CROSS  17:52  

Second Period

Goals:
USA KING, Katie (GRANATO, Cammi / MOUNSEY, Tara)  21:59  PP1
CAN WICKENHEISER, Hayley (GOYETTE, Danielle)   24:10
CAN HEFFORD, Jayna (KELLAR, Becky / BRISSON, Therese)  39:59

Penalties:
CAN KELLAR, Becky  2 min.   HOOK  21:11
CAN OUELLETTE, Caroline   2 min.   ROUGH  24:51
CAN CHARTRAND, Isabelle  2 min.  TRIP  31:25
CAN BOTTERILL, Jennifer  2 min.  TRIP  34:03
USA WENDELL, Krissy  2 min.  CHARG  35:37
USA KENNEDY, Courtney  2 min.  ROUGH  38:05
CAN OUELLETTE, Caroline  2 min.  HOLD  38:05

Third Period

Goals:
USA BYE, Karyn  (MOUNSEY, Tara / POTTER, Jenny)  56:27  PP1

Penalties :
USA WALL, Lyndsay  2 min.  ROUGH  40:44
CAN KELLAR, Becky  2 min.  ROUGH  41:49
CAN SOSTORICS, Colleen  2 min.   BD-CK  45:02
USA BAKER, Laurie  2 min.  HO-ST  50:56
CAN DUPUIS, Lori  2 min.  HI-ST  50:56
CAN BECHARD, Kelly  2 min.  TRIP  56:04
Goaltenders Canada ST-PIERRE, Kim
  United States DECOSTA, Sara

   

First

Second

Third

Final

Shots on Goal by Canada

11

9

7

27

  United States

9

10

10

29


Officials Referee

LIVINGSTON, Stacey

  Linesmen
HUJDUSOVA, Henrieta
SUBAN, Johanna

Attendance 8,599