GANGNEUNG, South Korea (USA TODAY Sports) — The U.S. women’s hockey team finally broke Canada's stranglehold on gold.

And it came in another classic showdown between the game's two best teams.

The USA came from behind to defeat Canada 3-2 on Thursday at Gangneung Hockey Centre, winning in a penalty shootout, to end Canada's run of four consecutive Olympic gold medals.

VIDEO: Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scores the shootout winner

The USA won the penalty shootout 3-2, the game-winner scored by Jocelyn Lamorueux-Morando.

Though the Americans had won seven of the past eight World Championships, they had come up short in the Olympics every time since the inaugural year, 1998, three times losing to Canada.

Hilary Knight scored a power-play goal in the first period, and after Canada had taken a 2-1 lead, Monique Lamoreux-Morando buried a shot on a breakaway to tie it 2-2.