By Zane Miller
On Thursday, February 21st, 2002, Canada defeated the United States 3-2 in the gold medal game to win the second gold medal in Olympic women’s ice hockey history. It was the first gold medal for the Canada in Olympic women’s ice hockey, as the United States took their first silver medal in Olympic women’s ice hockey with the loss. Sweden claimed their first bronze medal in Olympic women’s ice hockey with their 2-1 victory over Finland in the bronze medal game. The tournament was held in the United States, with Salt Lake City as the host city.
Hayley Wickenheiser of Canada and Natalie Darwitz of the United States tied for the most goals scored during the tournament with seven, while Sarah Tueting of the United States led goaltenders in save percentage at .950.
2002 Final Standings (W-L-T format)
1. Canada (3-0, 1.000) (Gold)
2. United States (3-0, 1.000) (Silver)
3. Sweden (2-1, .667) (Bronze)
4. Finland (2-1, .667)
5. Russia (1-2, .333)
6. Germany (0-2-1, .000)
7. China (0-2-1, .000)
8. Kazakhstan (0-3, .000)
Medalists final game starting lineups
Link to stats database: https://www.olympedia.org/results/20822
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