The forward set up Germany's second goal and then scored what ended up being the winning goal as the Germans shocked Canada 4-3 to advance to the gold-medal game against the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.
Canada's loss to the US ended the team's run of four straight women's hockey gold medals at the Winter Olympics.
"What we went through last spring and really what we've been through on this journey, . when you think about U.S. hockey in the last 20 years, trying to chase after a gold medal, there's a lot of ups and downs and there's a lot of things you go through as a team", she told a news conference.
But Germany? A team whose players and coaches concede playing a game that suffers as a distant second or third fiddle to the country's sporting passion, football, they snuck up on everybody. But Germany had other plans. Canada won that preliminary round 2-1 despite being out shot by the Americans 45-23.
Germany built a 4-1 lead through the first two periods only to face a withering Canadian comeback in the third as they scored two goals in the first 10 minutes of the period. The Americans couldn't use their speed or get organized even with two power plays until Sarah Nurse went in the box for interference late in the period.
Mears expects 'good England win' at Murrayfield
Scotland have not beaten the auld enemy for a decade and suffered a 61-21 drubbing at Twickenham a year ago . Scotland's last win over England in the Calcutta Cup was 15-9 in the 2008 Six Nations.
It was Canada's second loss to de Cruz's rink in the Games. The bronze medal game against the Czech Republic will be played at 7:10 a.m. ET on Sunday.
John Shuster skipped the United States to a 10-7 victory on Saturday for only the second curling medal in USA history.
The U.S. win came after pressure and intensity had steadily built in what was for a long while a back-and-forth game, with each team's curlers placing their shots well.
Ahead of the match, they had already played once in these Olympics. The highest finish for Germany since 1992 was sixth place, so this run has caught many by surprise. Plus, does the National Hockey League have any regrets about their decision not to allow players to take part in the Olympics?
Another tweeted that they felt "a bit sorry" for her because "she was clearly crushed at the defeat".
Just as remarkable was the loss for Canada, which has won the gold in men's curling at the last three Winter Olympics.