UMD’s Bell helps Canada women to Olympic gold in 3-2 win over US

BEIJING (AP) – Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice and Canada reclaimed its place atop the women’s hockey world with a 3-2 win over the defending champion United States at the Beijing Olympics.

This now makes University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) senior defenseman Ashton Bell an Olympic gold medalist. This marks her first gold medal and former Bulldog defenseman Jocelyne Larocque’s second.

Ann-Renee Desbiens stopped 38 shots and Sarah Nurse had a goal and assist in a game in which the Canadians built a 3-0 lead.

The Canadians spent their time in Beijing showcasing a dynamic, deep and relentless offensive attack to capture their fifth Olympic title in seven tournaments.

Hilary Knight and Amanda Kessel scored for the Americans, who settled for their fourth silver medal. Former UMD goalie Maddie Rooney did not play, however earned a Silver medal for her second Olympic medal.