Jean-Philippe Lamoureux joked you would find him hiding in the corner if he was in goal when his sister Jocelyne attempted her shootout move against Canada late Wednesday evening.
Lamoureux was even warmed up after the former Lincoln Stars goaltender had backstopped the Vienna Capitals to a 3-1 win on the road over EC Red Bull Salzburg in Austria's Erste Bank Hockey League earlier Wednesday.
And while he was tired, Lamoureux was not going to miss Team USA, especially sisters Jocelyne and Monique, play for and win gold against Canada in a 3-2 shootout victory.
“I would much rather be playing in the game then watching it, 100 percent,” said Lamoureux, who played for the Stars from 2001 to 2004. “You feel like you have it all under control, but being a spectator, it was hard to watch.”
Lamoureux got home around 2 a.m. in Vienna, where the start time for the Olympic gold medal game was 5:10 a.m. None of his family was going to miss it either, with his mom and dad, along with Jocelyne and Moniques's husbands, in Pyeonchang, South Korea, and other siblings and family members watching back home in the United States.
Brother Pierre, an associate head coach of the Fargo Force, will be in Lincoln Friday to face the Stars.
“It was kind of a global affair, us trying to watch the game,” Lamoureux said.
Then the fireworks happened.
The twin terrors came into play with Monique tying the game 2-2 with 6:21 left in regulation and Jocelyne scoring the game-winner in the shootout.
The nail-biting experience was real for the Lameroux family. They knew it could be done, but they have been a part of nine NCAA Frozen Four tournaments without a championship and two previous Olympics in which Joceylne and Monique walked away with silver medals in 2010 and 2014.
The story of disappointment did not end there as the Grand Forks, North Dakota, natives watched their beloved North Dakota program cut the women's hockey team last year. Throw in the Team USA struggles for equal rights that almost ended in boycott at the 2017 World Championships on home soil.
“To be able to call ourselves Olympic champions is a title that no one can take away from the 23 of us that did it today,” Monique said after the game. “It's such a special group to be a part of and to win in the fashion we did is pretty dramatic, but we found a way to get it done and we knew we had the group to do it.”
As Lamoureux watched his sisters earn gold medals, he reflected on what his sisters have been through.
“From a perspective of the last two Olympics, they played out the same way as this game,” Lameroux said. “It was just a matter of some bounces and some players making a play or two to get them back in the game.
“I can't imagine the relief a lot of those girls feel … and I know that last one was pretty painful for them. I can't imagine the relief they feel as a group.”
Lamourex's Olympic experience goes even farther, training with former Lincoln Star forward and current North Dakota sophomore Ludvig Hoff over the summer. Hoff and Norway earned their first Olympics' win since 1994, when Hoff's father, Geir, was on that team.