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Canada beats USA to win gold in women's hockey

Canada's goalie Shannon Szabados waves the Canadian flag after they beat the USA 3-2 in overtime in the women's hockey final at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. (Nathan Denette/CP)

SOCHI, Russia (NEWS1130) – Canada has won its fourth straight Olympic gold medal in women’s hockey — and it happened in dramatic fashion.

Marie-Philip Poulin scored in overtime to beat the Americans 3-2 in a thrilling championship final.

Poulin also scored with 55 seconds left in the third period to send the game to overtime.

Brianne Jenner scored Canada’s first goal at 16:34 of the third.

US captain Meghan Duggan scored in the second period and Alex Carpenter added a power-play goal in the third at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.

Shannon Szabados made 27 saves in the Canadian net while Jessie Vetter stopped 28 shots for the US.

Stephen Harper’s airborne plane erupted in cheers today as the prime minister himself announced the women’s Olympic hockey victory over the United States.

As the Canadian delegation was winging its way home from a summit meeting in Mexico, Harper’s disembodied voice cracked over the plane’s public address system at about 3 p.m. Eastern time.

Harper joked that he was taking over the plane and had a special announcement.

A hockey fan and author, the prime minister delivered the news of how the women’s team came from behind.

Loud cheers rang through the cabin.

Harper had wagered US President Barack Obama a case of beer on the game; another one is on the line Friday as the Canadian men face their American counterparts in a semifinal matchup.