In the event you spend sufficient time round hockey gamers, you may most likely hear them check with hockey gods sooner or later within the dialog after they discuss an unexplainable and seemingly miraculous state of affairs that unfolded on the ice.
They consider it.
On Feb. 20, 2014, in Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia, the Canadian girls’s hockey staff skilled it.
“Everybody talks about these hockey gods and so they truly got here to play in most likely a very powerful sport of my life,” Canada’s Jennifer Wakefield stated.
Canada had fallen behind the Individuals 2-Zero early within the third interval after an influence play aim from Alex Carpenter. It wasn’t wanting promising for Canada to win a fourth consecutive Olympic gold in girls’s hockey.
However with three and a half minutes to go within the sport, Canada’s Brianne Jenner began the comeback, a pinballing shot that discovered its approach by a maze of gamers earlier than discovering the online and making it a one-goal sport.
That set the stage for a heart-stopping remaining 90 seconds.
With 1:34 remaining and trailing 2-1, the Canadians pulled goalie Shannon Szabados from the online and ready for an offensive zone draw.
“I believe we gained the draw and Catherine Ward went into seize the puck and on the similar time the linesman was making her exit exterior of the zone,” Canada’s Hayley Irwin recalled. “There was a bit little bit of a collision and the puck did not go the place we anticipated it to.”
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It went on to American Kelli Stack, who fired the puck towards the gaping Canadian web from her personal blue line.
Szabados, sitting within the Canadian bench, so badly needed to bolt onto the ice and cease the puck because it agonizingly labored its approach towards the online.
“It was like gradual movement. It took endlessly to get down the ice,” she stated.
Marie-Philip Poulin was on the ice, helplessly watching the puck head towards their aim from the opposite finish.
“If it goes proper, it goes into the online. If it goes left it hits submit. Proper. Left. Proper. Left,” Poulin stated. “After which the entire sudden it hits the submit. Bam. Identical to that it hits the submit and we get all of the momentum.”
If it goes proper, it goes into the online. If it goes left it hits submit. Proper. Left. Proper. Left.– Crew Canada’s Marie-Philip Poulin
It could not have hit the submit extra squarely, clanging off the iron and butterflying within the air earlier than being scooped up by the Canadians because the time keeped ticking away.
They sped away from their very own finish and raced towards the Individuals’ web to mount their assault.
“I keep in mind I turned to certainly one of my teammates on the bench and I stated, ‘that is an indication. We will win this factor,'” Mikkelson stated.
The US have been so badly trying to break by within the Olympic gold medal sport, having misplaced two of the previous three to the Canadians.
However these hockey gods as soon as once more appeared for Canada.
With lower than a minute remaining the Canadians have been buzzing across the USA web, buoyed by their outstanding luck simply 30 seconds earlier.
Poulin discovered herself on their lonesome out entrance the American aim and rifled the puck previous Jessie Vetter to tie the sport.
The Canadian gamers erupted on the ice and within the bench in celebration, a surprising twist to a sport that appeared like a foregone conclusion simply minutes earlier.
“We had scored two objectives in the previous couple of minutes of this hockey sport, we did not try this to lose in time beyond regulation,” Irwin stated. “We have been going on the market and we have been going to win the hockey sport.”
The magical comeback was accomplished on an influence play in time beyond regulation, Poulin snapping a shot previous Vetter to provide Canada the unbelievable victory. It was the primary time ever the ladies’s Olympic gold-medal sport was determined in additional time.
“If feels surreal and a little bit of a dream however simply that entire unfolding of occasions and the way in which that it occurred, that is what makes that sport and that win so particular,” Mikkeslon stated.
A golden second that may have by no means materialized if it wasn’t for that fortunate submit and people hockey gods.
“Thanks. Simply thanks,” Irwin stated.
“I do not know the place you got here from. I do not know why you bought in the way in which. We by no means talked about it earlier than however thanks for being there. Thanks for being our saviour in that second. And for arising huge.”