Grand Forks natives Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando were the first to reach the stage.
Warroad’s Gigi Marvin was close behind.
It was perhaps fitting that the trio of local players were up front -- Lamoureux-Davidson holding the trophy itself -- as the U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey Team accepted an ESPY Award on Wednesday night in Los Angeles for playing the year’s ‘Best Game.’
The U.S. 3-2 shootout victory over Canada for the gold medal in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics was named ‘Best Game’ by the ESPYs, which were broadcast live on ABC.
It beat out Georgia’s 54-48 double overtime victory over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl and the Houston Astros’ 13-12 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the 2017 World Series.
The three local players had major roles in the dramatic U.S. victory.
Trailing 2-1 late in the third period, Lamoureux-Morando scored the game-tying goal on a breakaway.
Marvin scored on her shootout opportunity before Lamoureux-Davidson buried the game-winner on a dazzling move, where she faked a shot, faked a backhand and scored on her forehand on star Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados.
Lamoureux-Davidson held the trophy on stage at Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, while teammate Meghan Duggan gave a speech to the audience of star athletes.
The ESPY Award was the latest honor for the team, which brought home America’s first Olympic gold medal in the event since 1998.
The Lamoureux twins, who were sitting in the front row at the ESPYs, are the first born-and-raised North Dakotans to ever win an Olympic gold medal.
Marvin is the latest Warroad hockey player to bring back Olympic gold. Warroad’s Bill and Roger Christian were on the 1960 gold medal men’s hockey team, while Dave Christian was on the 1980 Miracle on Ice gold medal team.
The U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey Team was up for Best Team and Best Olympic Moment.
The Houston Astros won Best Team. Snowboarder Shaun White won the ESPY for Best Olympic Moment.
Lamoureux-Davidson also was a finalist for Best Female Olympian. That ESPY went to snowboarder Chloe Kim.