Marvin, Lamoureux score goals to send U.S. to gold-medal game at Olympics
For the third straight Olympic Games, Grand Forks natives Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux and Warroad's Gigi Marvin will come home with a medal.
This time, they hope it will be gold.
The Lamoureuxs and Marvin sent the Americans back to the gold-medal game late Sunday night with a 5-0 win over Finland in the semifinals at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Marvin scored the game's first goal just 2 minutes, 25 seconds into the opening period—her second of the Olympics.
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson added a power-play tally at 13:21 of the second period—her team-leading third of the Olympic Games. It continued a standout Olympics for Lamoureux-Davidson, who earlier set an all-time Olympic record for the two fastest consecutive goals.
Dani Cameranesi, a Plymouth, Minn., native who played at the University of Minnesota, had two goals and Hilary Knight had one on the power play, while Minnesota Duluth's Maddie Rooney stopped all 14 Finnish shots.
The gold-medal game is scheduled for 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, against Canada,
The Lamoureuxs and Marvin have been on the last two silver medal-winning U.S. Olympic teams that lost to Canada in the finals in heartbreaking fashion.
In 2010, the Canadians beat the U.S. 2-0 in Vancouver. In 2014, the Americans blew a two-goal lead in the final four minutes and lost in overtime in Sochi, Russia.
The Americans, who haven't won Olympic gold since 1998, made sure they would get another shot at the gold with a dominating performance in the semifinals. They outshot the Finns 11-2 in the first period and opened up a two-goal lead. Final shots were 38-14 USA.
USA's fourth line got things started when captain Meghan Duggan got a puck below the goal line and threaded a pass through a Finnish defender to Marvin in the slot. Marvin fired the puck past Finnish goalie Noora Raty on the blocker side to make it 1-0.
"That's kind of our game plan any time our name is called," Marvin said in a TV interview. "Just being sharp and getting pucks on the net."
The U.S. tacked on another goal before the end of the period when Cameranesi intercepted a Tapani pass and sniped a shot on Raty.
Lamoureux-Davidson scored her third goal of the tournament on a five-on-three power play, sending a one-time blast past Raty's blocker in the second period. Knight deflected a Sidney Morin point shot just 34 seconds later to make it 4-0.
Cameranesi scored on the power play just 45 seconds into the third period for the final margin.