Wow, last night's women's hockey gold medal game was quite the event. Most people probably missed the game since it started around 11:30 and didn't finish until about 2 in the morning. For those of you who missed it you'll never know how much you actually care about women's hockey until you watch. Nonstop in the 3rd period, OT, and shootout was my body contorting as each shot was taken. I was a nervous wreck, at that moment in time nothing meant more to me than our women finally beating Canada to win the gold. After 4 Olympic heartbreaks this was finally the USA's moment. Honestly, we were the better team and the score ended up reflecting that.
In the Overtime period the USA was getting opportunity after opportunity. With each shot on goal I was getting closer and closer to popping the champagne bottles. It seemed as if it was only a matter of time with the way our women were flying around that ice. That was until Canada got a power play with a little less than 2 minutes left in OT. It was a nightmare situation. 4 on 3 to close out the period. It was now guaranteed that the USA could only win in a shootout and most likely Canada was just going to win it right here, right now. Somehow, someway, they gutted it out, our goalie was amazing deflecting shots that I was sure were going to connect with the net, and the USA forced a shootout.
The shootout was fucking EPIC. I'm usually all against the shootout like everyone else, however last night's shootout was something out of a movie. Back and forth USA and Canada went, goal after goal, when we scored they scored and vice versa. Then, Canada took a lead. That oh shit feeling sunk into your body. Here we go again I thought. Not this team, though. This is a team of destiny and they proved it. Team USA tied it right back up with a fucking sniper bullet to the top shelf where the cookie jar is hidden. Canada had a chance to once again take the lead but were stoned by USA's legendary goalie. That's when a women on the USA team had maybe the filthiest deke I've ever seen on a goalie, tore Canada's goalie ACL's, and buried the puck in the back on the net. I was going absolutely bananas at this point, now the game was ours. Canada had their chance to tie it back up but once again our amazing goalie came up huge and the USA women's hockey team brought home the gold. Fucking legends.
I can honestly say last night was the most fun I've ever had watching a hockey game. Both teams stacked with crazy talented athletes. When I watch the WNBA, clearly the level of play is down from what the men do in the NBA, however in these Olympics watching the women's hockey has been 100x better than watching the men. If there was a WNHL I'd be their biggest fan. Well, it's my lucky day because in 2015 they started the WNHL. Granted there's only 4 teams, but that's how the NFL started, and look where they are now. I'm all in on women's hockey to be the next major sport in this country. Pure electricity, pure savagery, and pure elegance all wrapped up in one sport. Congrats to the USA women's team on winning the gold. More importantly, congrats to me on being an early adopter of maybe the greatest sporting league of all time.