An enthralling encounter saw Canada recover from a goal down to lead 2-1, but USA forced OT when Monique Lamoureux-Morando levelled with six minutes to go.

And after the shootout finished 2-2 after five attempts, Lamoureux-Davidson’s finish was followed by a save from Meghan Agosta’s shot to end USA's 20-year wait for hockey gold.

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It was the ultimate redemption for the US, who had lost to Canada in the previous two Olympic finals, with their neighbours having taken the past four titles dating back to Salt Lake City 2002, where they beat the Americans on their home soil.

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With 26 seconds left in the first period, Hilary Knight fired the US in front against their great rivals, but Canada turned the tie on its head in the second period.

A deflection off Haley Irwin from Blayre Turnbull’s shot put Canada level, while they were soon ahead thanks to Marie-Philip Poulin.

On this occasion, it was Canada who could not hold onto their lead, and after Lamoureux-Morando equalised, the clock ran down to signal OT.

But after 20 minutes, neither side could find an OT winner, and with the tie going down to a shootout, it came down to who could hold their nerve on the ice.

Tale of the penalty shootout

CAN - Natalie Spooner missed

USA - Gigi Marvin scored

CAN - Meghan Agosta scored

USA - Hannah Brandt missed

CAN - Marie-Philip Poulin missed

USA - Emily Pfalzer missed

CAN - Melodie Daoust scored

USA - Amanda Kessel scored

CAN - Brianne Jenner missed

USA - Hilary Knight missed

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USA - Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored

CAN - Meghan Agosta missed