It was all but inevitable that Canada and the U.S., the only countries to have won Olympic gold, would meet in the 2010 final. So dominant were the North American teams in the tournament—Canada won its preliminary-round games against Slovakia, Switzerland and Sweden by a combined 41-2, while the U.S. thumped China, Russia and Finland by an aggregate 31-1—that IOC president Jacques Rogge warned that the event was in danger of being dropped from the Olympic program unless the rest of the world caught up. But the pressure-packed final at Canada Hockey Place went a long way toward redeeming the earlier blowouts. In a physical, high-energy matchup of archrivals that showcased women's hockey at its finest, the star was 23-year-old goaltender Shannon Szabados (1), who stoned the Americans time and time again, saving 29 shots in a 2-0 victory that gave Canada its third consecutive Olympic title. "It feels unbelievable," Szabados said after her shutout, adding, "I would be just as happy right now if we had won the game 9-8." Hours after the match many of the Canadian players returned to the ice to celebrate in style, with beer, champagne and cigars. Fusspots cried foul—18-year-old Marie-Philip Poulin, who had both goals for the hosts, was of drinking age in her native Quebec but not in British Columbia—to which Canada captain and three-time Olympic champ Hayley Wickenheiser, 31, responded, "Get real. Really, get real." Scott Blackmun, CEO of the USOC, echoed the sentiment: "My only comment would be, I wish it was the Americans who had been in a position to do that."