The Canadian women's ice hockey team beat the United States 3-2 in overtime here Thursday to win a record fourth consecutive gold medal.

All but one of those triumphs have come against the U.S. squad.

The two sides held each other scoreless in the first period of Thursday's showdown at the Bolshoi Ice Dome in Sochi.

U.S. captain Meghan Duggan broke the tie with a goal 11:57 into the second period with a wrister that sailed over the shoulder of Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados.

The U.S. women extended their lead to 2-0 at 2:01 of the third period, when Alex Carpenter re-directed a pass from Hilary Knight into the Canada net for a power play goal.

Brianne Jenner revived the hopes of the defending champions with a goal at 16:34 that deflected off U.S. defender Kacey Bellamy.

Marie-Philip Poulin, who scored both goals in Canada's 2010 gold medal victory over the United Stated in Vancouver, got the equalizer with less than a minute left in regulation.

Poulin went on to deliver the game-winning goal at 8:10 of the overtime, scoring during a four-on-three power play.

Earlier Thursday, Switzerland battled back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Sweden 4-3 in the bronze medal match. EFE