Team USA falls behind in Olympic medal count

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"On one hand it's like any other hockey tournament".

South Korea players carried flags around the ice after the game at their first Olympics. "It's well-documented", said Rebecca Johnston, who scored Canada's fifth goal.

Alex Livesey via Getty Images Haley Irwin, left, and Meghan Agosta lie on the ice and celebrate winning the gold medal with a beer and a cigar. "It's going to be a rough game". Women's ice hockey debuted at the Winter games in 1998 and led to the first duel. Shannon Szabados made 14 saves in the shutout.

"It's honestly a dream come true", said United States of America forward Hilary Knight.

The teams have met in all but one Olympic or world final, each team beating the other 11 times.

But for the first 20 minutes, at least, this felt like a game that mattered. "If we wanted to write a different story, I don't think we could have written it any better".

Neutrality is an absolute must for Feldman, whose company American Group Management has worked with premier women's hockey players on both sides of the border during a 13-year career in Olympic sport management, including Canadian icon Jennifer Botterill and four US national team captains.

Canadian coach Laura Schuler has given little away with her choice of goaltender for the final.

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"Only sports can unify the people, beyond the politics, beyond the barriers, and putting players from North and South Korea on the same team was a very proud moment, one that is a true symbol of peace". "We looked ourselves in the mirror and figured out what we can take from it. We can't go back and play that game again". We've learned from things in the past but we're looking forward. He thinks USA Hockey, the NHL and the continent's two pro women's hockey leagues could do much more.

"Canada's Olympians - both past and present - inspire our nation to not only come together to support our athletes, but also to get involved in sport and active, healthy lifestyles", said Donna Iampieri, executive director of the Hockey Canada Foundation. "It's awesome at the world's biggest stage for everyone to watch two powerhouses go at it".

The Canadian hegemony extends to the masculine where they won 9 titles in 15 participations.

"I turned to one of my teammates on the bench and said 'That's a sign". The Canadians, she says, play a superior team game, are always prepared and have a well-established system that's tough to beat.

Canada's Jenner says she is living out her childhood dream playing for gold. Once the puck drops, it's like you are on autopilot.

"You know we have the rivalry". The Americans have tallied a total of 12 medals, including five gold, three silver and four bronze.

"Our team is the closest it has ever been, we're like a family", she said.