Canada's Meghan Agosta came roaring down the ice with the game on her stick in the women's gold medal game in PyeongChang. She took a wide turn toward the Team USA net to open up American goalie Maddie Rooney's far side, just as she had done earlier in the contest to score Canada's first goal of the shootout.

This time, though, Agosta was denied.

Rooney made the game-winning save to earn the U.S. women their first Olympic hockey gold medal in 20 years.

Nearly four years after winning the gold in PyeongChang, the fruits of that 2018 team's labor are still growing. Per USA Hockey, young girls across America are turning to hockey as their pastime of choice more than ever as participation in girl's and women's hockey has grown by 34 percent over the last decade.

And that title from PyeongChang has most definitely played a role in the recent growth.

"This group is so passionate and fueled to inspire the next generation to fill our skates one day. I think that gold medal in 2018 definitely had an impact," said two-time Olympic medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield.

"For a lot of us a little bit older players on the team, I think our dream started by seeing the '98 team win a gold medal, and knowing the impact that had on us, to think and feel that we may have had that same impact on the next generation here in the United States after that win in 2018 is tremendous, and it's definitely motivation fuel as we continue this journey."

That gold medal-winning squad from 1998 was led by hockey legend Cammi Granato, who alongside Angela James in 2010 became the first women ever inducted inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Granato now serves as a pro scout — the first female pro scout in NHL history — for the Seattle Kraken.

"It's heartfelt to understand and realize that you're a small piece of inspiring the next generation, inspiring someone to lace up the skates and go out there," said three-time Olympian and eight-time world champion Hilary Knight. "I think if you're around this program and you live and breathe this program, you understand, yes, it is about competing and showing up and having fun with one another, but also being a part of something bigger than ourselves and doing it for a larger group that if she can see it, she can be it.

"The younger girls that are looking up to us, the younger boys that we're sparking some small dream to lace up the skates or to be their best on a daily basis, it's a true honor and also a wonderful responsibility that we don't take lightly."

The U.S. women's aim to grow the sport isn't going unnoticed either. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson became a household name after PyeongChang thanks to her shootout heroics in the gold medal game. Her "Oops, I Did It Again" deke set the hockey world ablaze, and Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie, who himself was a shootout hero in Sochi, cheekily offered his congratulations to Lamoureux-Davidson and the group.