Do you believe in miracles? The United States and Canada played for Olympic gold in women’s hockey, and the red white and blue took home the win.

Emily Pfalzer of Buffalo was part of this historic team. Pfalzer is one of 13 first-time Olympians on the U.S. roster for these winter games. The United States grabbed a 3-2 victory against Canada, the four-time defending Olympic champion. This is the American womens first gold medal since 1998, when women’s hockey made its debut as an Olympic sport.

Pfalzer herself is an example of how exposure promotes the growth of the sport. She was 4 years old when women's hockey debuted at the Olympic Games, born at the time when opportunities in the girls' and women's game were just beginning to grow in significant ways.

The Buffalo Sabres tweeted their congratulations to team U.S.A and Pfalzer.

According to the New York Times, this year’s gold medal game had it all:

lead changes, slick passing, game-saving goaltending, a healthy dose of contact and a raucous crowd that traded dueling chants of “Canada” and “U.S.A.” all afternoon."

The Americans tried to bring a new style to the ice in these Olympic Games, focusing on puck possession, creativity and slashing attacks through the seams in the opposing team’s defense. All that hard work paid off.

Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 13
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