South Korean goaltender Shin So-jung added: "It is the first time to be cheered on by such a large crowd and I'm just so thankful".
We celebrate rivalry victories in hockey like no other.
By all accounts, the United States is peaking at the right time in this tournament, a resounding win over the Finns - a team the U.S. grappled with in its first preliminary game, coming away with a 3-1 win after trailing, 1-0 - proving the offense has found its rhythm. And it's happened at the Winter Games, where Canada has won four straight gold medals, including three times over the US squad. She had 15 going into PyeongChang and has notched two goals and an assist in four games. But the Russian men's hockey team crushed the USA 4-0 in a preliminary round game.
Only in Turin-2006 there was another protagonist team in the match for the gold in women's hockey of the Winter Games, in Sweden, that Canada overthrew. "It was 70 years (before the Swiss beat Canada) and the women are closer".
"It's spectacular to see our team come out and perform that well because there was a lot of pressure", U.S. coach Robb Stauber said. The Americans know who they must shut down.
"Lucky", is the word Canadian coach Laura Schuler used after her team's late-night win.
"You literally train four years for this one game and overall we've done the work to get to that game, but the time that it takes to get to this game, the amount of work, the sacrifices by every player, not just the 23 on this roster, but ones who worked hard but didn't quite make it, we're a tight-knit group and this is what we worked for, a chance to play for a gold medal", Monique Lamoureux-Morando said.
They have found little success on the ice, shipping 28 goals and scoring only twice in five games. "It's gone into overtime". It stretches back decades and involves two nations that take their hockey very, very seriously.
"I think that would be good to do it in 2022, to go to the Beijing Olympics, to keep the North and South Korean team".
Both sides view parts of the past differently, perhaps not surprisingly, burying the pain and clinging to the hope. Heading into the game the US had been one-for-11 on the powerplay during the tournament.
"We have something special here and we're ready our coaching staff has prepared us as best they can and we just need to go out and just play", Canada forward Meghan Agosta told reporters.
It has been the same story at the world championships where Canada and United States have played in every final with Canada winning 10 and the Americans eight, including the last four.
There will be no silver medal awarded.
Noora Raty is the goalie for Finland, hailed by many as perhaps the tournament's top net-minder.