Twitter sheds happy tears over Olympic gold-medal hockey game

Miracles on ice can come more than once in a lifetime.

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Do you believe in miracles? If you remember the historic US Olympic hockey victory over the Russians at Lake Placid in 1980, you know the answer to that question is always a resounding yes

And if you stayed up late Wednesday night to watch the US women's Olympic hockey team claim the gold medal over Canada in a shootout in Pyeongchang, South Korea, then you know miracles aren't a once-in-a-lifetime event. The 3-2 victory ended Canada's streak of four straight Olympic gold medals.

Fans rejoiced in a way that no one could've imagined back in those Lake Placid days, sharing memes and joy on social media.

US goalie Maddie Rooney, who stopped shot after amazing shot in the shootout, was a favorite, and she even earned a few new titles in her Wikipedia entry.

And don't forget Jocelyne Lamoureux, who scored the winning shootout goal with some brilliant stickwork. (Her twin, Monique, scored the goal that sent the game into overtime.)

Fellow Olympians, including Olympic ice-dancing medalists Alex and Maia Shibutani and figure skater Adam Rippon, were rooting for their fellow Americans.

And even Jim Craig, the goaltender back in 1980 on another Feb. 22 when the US beat Russia in the "Miracle on Ice" game, weighed in. (It would be two days later, on Feb. 24, 1980, that the US claimed the gold medal.)

But no question, it was a hard way for Canada to take the silver, and loyal fans stuck by their team.