Madison native Amanda Kessel on gold medal: 'Happiest I've ever been'

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) -- Amanda Kessel, a Madison native, Olympic gold medalist and Team USA Women's hockey player, called into The Morning Show for a live interview Feb. 22.

"Pure excitement and happiness," Kessel said. "Happiest I've ever been and I'm just proud of my team."

The United States has beaten Canada in a shootout to win their first Olympic gold since 1998 in women's hockey.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the first extra round of the first shootout tiebreaker in Olympic women's hockey history on Thursday to give the United States the gold medal with a 3-2 victory.

Maddie Rooney stopped Meghan Agosta on her second try of the shootout to clinch it. Rooney stopped 29 shots in regulation and the 20-minute overtime. Shannon Szabados made 39 saves for Canada, which had won four straight Olympic gold medals.

"Crazy ending to come down to a shoot out. Luckily on our team we have so many goal scorers," Kessel said. "Our goalie was unbelievable, Jocelyne Lamoureux unbelievable shoot out goal. there are so many story lines. it was a complete team effort."

It was 2-2 after three periods and 2-2 through five shooters in the tie-breaker.

It was the second straight overtime in the gold medal game for these two teams, but the first shootout in Olympic women's hockey history.

When asked what made this team different, Kessel said it has to do with how well they know each other.

"The heart and what we've been through together. We just know each other so well, I wouldn't want to win with any other girls," Kessel said.