Top Olympic Hockey moments from the 2018 Winter Games

As both hockey tournaments got set to kick off at the 2018 Winter Olympics, many weren't sure what to expect. There ...

Posted: Mar 6, 2018 4:39 PM
Updated: Mar 6, 2018 4:39 PM

As both hockey tournaments got set to kick off at the 2018 Winter Olympics, many weren't sure what to expect. There was a lot of uncharted territory in PyeongChang: the presence of a unified Korean women's hockey team for the first time ever and the absence of active NHL players for the first time since 1994.

Nevertheless, both competitions yielded plenty of memorable moments, in every sense imaginable—from spectacular individual performances to sweet, golden redemption. Here are the best of the best:

 

10. Chris Lee winds up on the wrong bench

Like any other sport, hockey players employ some gamesmanship when possible to give their team a leg up. For the Czech Republic's Michal Jordan and Martin Erat, that meant guiding Canadian defenseman Chris Lee to the back of their own bench during the two teams' preliminary-round matchup—leaving Canada a man down, if only for a few seconds.

9. Norway wins its first game since 1994

Norway hadn't won a men's hockey game at the Olympics in more than two decades, since the last time NHL players did not compete at the Games. Naturally, with the NHL absent from PyeongChang, the Norwegian squad pounced on the opportunity, riding goals from Tommy Kristiansen and Alexander Bonsaksen to a 2-1 overtime victory over Slovenia.

8. Alina Muller scores four

Leading up to Switzerland's opening game in PyeongChang, the focus was squarely on its opponent: the unified Korean women's team. Once the puck dropped, however, it became clear that this was Alina Muller's show. The 19-year-old -- who was somehow playing in her second Games -- tied an Olympic record with four goals in one contest, including a natural hat trick in the first period.

7. South Korea salutes its coach

The South Korean men's team may not have won any of its four games in PyeongChang, but the hosts performed admirably and surprised many with their competitiveness. After their tournament came to an end, the players bowed to head coach Jim Paek in a touching sign of respect that drew tears from players, staff and fans alike.

6. Slovakia stuns the gold-medal favorites

The Olympic Athletes from Russia were odds-on favorites to take home gold in the men's bracket, and considering they featured the likes of Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk, it's not hard to see why. But their tournament began with a shocking upset against Slovakia, which set the tone for a wildy unpredictable tournament.

5. Ryan Donato leads Team USA with five goals

The American men went home without a medal, but their trip to PyeongChang wasn't all for naught as 21-year-old Ryan Donato enjoyed a star-making tournament. The forward will return to Harvard with five Olympic goals under his belt, which led the team, and was tied for best in the 2018 Winter Games. 

4. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson undresses the Canadian goaltender

It was the biggest moment of her career, and boy did American forward Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson rise to it. With a chance to give Team USA the lead in the gold-medal-deciding shootout against Canada, the 28-year-old broke out a filthy deke for the ages to score on Shannon Szabados. To add to its legend, the magical move has a Britney Spears-inspired name: "Oops, I did it again."

3. Germany believes in miracles

The German men's team didn't even qualify for the tournament in Sochi four years ago. It hadn't gotten onto the podium in more than 40 years—a bronze in Innsbruck (technically for West Germany). But that history didn't stop the underdogs from pulling off three massive upsets: They chalked up a pair of overtime victories over Switzerland and Sweden to advance to the semifinals, where they took down two-time defending gold medalist Canada. The Cinderella story may have come to an end at the final hurdle against OAR, but for the first time since the Berlin Wall came down, Germany has won a medal in Olympic ice hockey.

2. United Korea scores first goal

The Korean women's team didn't stand much of a competitive chance in the tournament: Many players had to learn the fundamentals of hockey within just a few years, and they also had to accomodate for the last-minute unification between the North and South Korean squads. But they did manage to light the lamp once thanks to Randi Griffin, and the lid blew off the Kwandong Hockey Centre.

It was a surreal moment. By the way, that puck is headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

1. Gold at last for Team USA

Was there any doubt which moment would top our list? After an agonizing two-decade drought, the United States finally reclaimed the gold medal in Olympic women's hockey. Lamoureux-Davidson's dirty dangles were only part of the spectacular redemption tour. A huge contribution between the pipes from first-time Olympian Maddie Rooney helped lift the U.S. over arch-nemesis Canada, as well as goals from Hilary Knight and Lamoureux-Davidson's twin sister, Monique Lamoureux-Morando. And it all culminated in an emotional medal ceremony.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 68293

Reported Deaths: 1944
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds5656118
DeSoto368031
Harrison253036
Madison244368
Rankin229235
Jackson228843
Jones191659
Forrest182056
Washington168942
Lee147941
Lauderdale141192
Neshoba128692
Lamar122614
Oktibbeha112739
Bolivar111834
Warren109533
Lowndes108538
Panola106214
Sunflower105425
Scott100320
Lafayette98317
Copiah95728
Leflore94765
Pike93836
Holmes90049
Grenada84921
Yazoo83312
Lincoln83241
Pontotoc8308
Simpson80330
Monroe80155
Leake79025
Wayne77421
Coahoma77213
Tate73629
Marshall7019
Marion68420
Union64316
Adams62925
Winston62316
Covington62113
George5895
Pearl River55439
Newton54311
Tallahatchie53011
Attala52325
Walthall50120
Chickasaw47019
Noxubee45912
Alcorn4345
Tishomingo4216
Calhoun4209
Prentiss41710
Claiborne40913
Smith40613
Clay39714
Hancock39514
Jasper3889
Itawamba37510
Tippah36713
Tunica3517
Clarke32626
Montgomery3265
Lawrence3228
Yalobusha31510
Humphreys29411
Quitman2701
Carroll26111
Greene25512
Perry2437
Amite2356
Webster23512
Kemper23414
Jefferson Davis2336
Wilkinson21113
Stone2055
Sharkey1995
Jefferson1957
Benton1431
Choctaw1354
Franklin1312
Issaquena262
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 99926

Reported Deaths: 1781
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson13258244
Mobile10517207
Montgomery6835149
Madison544734
Tuscaloosa423076
Baldwin365125
Unassigned363064
Shelby330936
Marshall318937
Lee270047
Morgan241118
Etowah216232
DeKalb183013
Calhoun180717
Elmore173138
Walker153964
Houston141912
Russell13872
St. Clair135418
Limestone134913
Dallas133123
Franklin128820
Cullman122712
Colbert120716
Lauderdale118919
Autauga117421
Escambia108717
Talladega104814
Jackson10144
Tallapoosa86579
Chambers84438
Dale83525
Clarke82610
Blount8124
Chilton8097
Butler76736
Coffee7646
Covington73720
Pike7087
Marion58026
Barbour5765
Lowndes57324
Marengo56515
Hale47826
Bullock46611
Winston45711
Perry4454
Washington44312
Bibb4425
Wilcox43210
Monroe4215
Pickens4049
Randolph40310
Conecuh39310
Sumter36418
Lawrence3512
Macon33914
Crenshaw3265
Choctaw28712
Cherokee2758
Henry2643
Clay2635
Geneva2631
Greene25211
Lamar2292
Fayette2125
Cleburne1271
Coosa1033
Out of AL00
Tupelo
Broken Clouds
76° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 74°
Feels Like: 76°
Columbus
Overcast
75° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 73°
Feels Like: 75°
Oxford
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 72°
Starkville
Broken Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 72°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather