April 15, 2024
Trish Arab

Team Canada Wins Gold (1 minute read)

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The heartbreak was palpable when the Team USA Women's Hockey team beat the team on home ice in 2023. This year, they were back with a vengeance, taking home the medal and defeating Team USA on their own turf.

A nail-biter through and through, the 6-5 win in overtime showed some of the best play from both teams. In the end, it was 22-year-old Danielle Serdachny from Edmonton who scored the golden goal, erupting the team into celebration and leaving the stunned US fans in silence.

"I'm still a bit in shock," Serdachny told media after the game, "I just tried to take the goalie's eyes away there, and the rebound kind of popped right to me, so bit of a lucky one. I'd say, but just tried to get everything into it.

It was also great to see Team Canada Captain Marie-Philip Poulin back in action, scoring two goals in the game early on and proving to herself and the world that whatever the injury is that has kept her out of play for most of the tournament was not going to stop her from leading the team to victory.

What's so great about these girls, however, is that the whole team are stars and play like a well-oiled machine, with no one player standing out in the tournament, but instead, the team as a whole rising to every occasion and filling gaps as they came. Three-in-three play, which is the norm in tournament overtime, requires a high-level skill with no room for error; Team Canada proved that this is a skill they have in spades.