The U.S. women’s hockey team began its quest to end a 20-year Olympic gold medal drought by defeating Finland 3-1 on Sunday at Kwandong Hockey Center in the preliminary round tournament opener for both teams.
The top-seeded Americans gave up a goal to Finland forward Venla Hovi — who lives in Winnipeg, Canada, and plays for the University of Manitoba — with only 5.8 seconds remaining in the first period. However, the U.S. team pulled even at 8:58 of the second period, when Monique Lamoureux-Morando showed great persistence around the net and converted her own rebound. Kendall Coyne gave the U.S. the lead when she scored on a one-timer during a power play, off assists from Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker.
Dani Camaranesi clinched it with an empty-net goal late in the third period.