By Zane Miller
On Tuesday, February 17th, 1998, the United States defeated Canada 3-1 in the gold medal game to win the first gold medal in Olympic women’s ice hockey history. It was the first gold medal for the United States in Olympic women’s ice hockey, as Canada took their first silver medal in Olympic women’s ice hockey with the loss. Finland claimed their first bronze medal in Olympic women’s ice hockey with their 4-1 victory over China in the bronze medal game. The tournament was held in Japan, with Nagano as the host city.
Danielle Goyette of Canada scored the most goals during the tournament with eight, while Manon Rheaume of Canada led goaltenders in save percentage at .938.
1998 Final Standings
1. United States (5-0, 1.000) (Gold)
2. Canada (4-1, .800) (Silver)
3. Finland (3-2, .600) (Bronze)
4. China (2-3, .400)
5. Sweden (1-4, .200)
6. Japan (0-5, 000)
Medalists final game starting lineups
Link to stats database: https://www.olympedia.org/results/20757
Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Zmiller_82