For Team USA women gold is the prize they want in Sochi

Sochi, Russia -- Finally, today we get to watch as the powerhouses of women's hockey face off to see who is the best team in the world. Today is the gold medal game between Team USA and Team Canada.

Four years ago in Vancouver, Canada beat the U.S. women, and that loss has stuck with them. Later today, the U.S. will be looking for redemption

Brooklyn Heights native Kelli Stack, a forward, says, "We already have silver medals, we already played in the Olympics but we want a gold medal. So we're going to stop at nothing until we get that."

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Team USA is going home with a medal no matter what, but the gold, is the only one they want.

Goalie Brianne McLaughlin, from Sheffield, says, "Everything we do is very specific. They drill gold medal in our minds all the time. It's in the locker room, it's all over our clothes."

Since women's ice hockey has come to the Winter Olympics, it's come down to these two teams. Team USA lost to Team Canada in 2010 in Vancouver, in Torino in 2006 and Salt Lake City in 2002. They haven't won gold since 1998 in Nagano, Japan.

McLaughlin says, "As proud as we were to win silver (in Vancouver) that wasn't our goal. So anybody setting a goal for anything would understand that when you don't get it, it's pretty tough. So we've been working extremely hard to make sure that doesn't happen again."

The two goaltenders for Team Canada are ranked first and second in save percentage at these Winter Games. Their team also has an Ohio connection. Natalie Spooner, a forward, played for four years at Ohio State University. She ranks second in Ohio State history, in career points.

Motivated by rivalry and revenge, when they meet in the Sochi gold medal match, Team USA will give it everything they have.

"The ultimate goal would be to win a gold medal, and I basically wouldn't be satisfied in my hockey career if I didn't win one," says Stack.

You can watch the gold medal game at noon, right here on NBC Channel 3.

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