The Golden Hour: Former Sabres Help Team USA Win Olympic Gold

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA - In the early hours of Thursday morning, the women’s hockey rivalry that is Team USA and Team Canada was decided in dramatic shootout fashion at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Former Shattuck-St. Mary’s girls hockey standouts Monique Lamoureux-Morando ‘08, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson ‘08, Brianna Decker ‘09, and Amanda Kessel ‘10 each played crucial roles as Team USA fought their way to a 3-2 victory against the four-time defending Olympic champion Team Canada.

Decker assisted on Team USA’s opening goal in the first period, which Canada quickly answered in the second period. Down 2-1 in the third period, Lamoureux-Morando scored on the breakaway to make things even between the two teams at 2-2. In the end, it was a goal by Kessel and the game-winner by Lamoureux-Davidson in the shootout that made the gold medal official for Team USA, ending a twenty-year drought.

"We played this game in our minds a thousand times and we've won it every single way possible. There's just something unbelievable with this team, the belief in the locker room, even going into the third being down by a goal and not playing our best game. We just knew we were going to get it done,” said Lamoureux-Davidson to the Los Angeles Times.

Blayre Turnbull ‘11 won silver with Team Canada and also assisted on Canada’s first goal.