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After a brief U.S. power-play was nullified by a penalty, Poulin then added her second of the period off the ensuing face-off, collecting the puck after winning the draw and firing the puck past Vetter to put the hosts up 2-0 with 3:10 left in the frame.

The Americans started out better in the second, and got another extended chance with the 5-on-3, but again couldn’t covert and remained two goals down. Likewise, Canada had three straight power plays to put the U.S. out of reach, but couldn’t get the third tally despite keeping the puck in the American zone the entire power play.

Still, despite finishing the period with a power-play, the U.S. couldn’t get one past Szabados, and remained down two with 20 minutes left to play.

As the time wore down, the U.S. increased the pressure on Szabados, but the Canadian goaltender was able to frustrate the American forwards, making some strong stops to earn the hosts the gold.

Despite the changes in their roster, Canada has thrived since, earning its third straight gold, and this time, a chance to celebrate on home ice.

And for the U.S., four more years to work and try and win gold in Sochi.

“When you give your whole life to something and you come up short, as a team, it’s just awful,” a tearful Angela Ruggiero told AP afterwards. “It’s a little different than playing on the men’s side. You really give your life to it. You make lots of sacrifices to win the gold medal.”