Canada Back on Top at IIHF Women’s World Championship
Overtime win over United States gives Canada first gold medal since 2012
CALGARY, Alta. – Canada’s National Women’s Team has won its 11th gold medal at the IIHF Women’s World Championship, earning a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the United States on Tuesday night.
Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que.) got the winner 7:22 into overtime, after Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont.) and Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont.) had scored 2:29 apart early in the second period to erase a two-goal deficit.
After Alex Carpenter scored twice for the U.S. in the first period, Jenner tucked in a power-play goal 4:13 into the second and Rattray tipped in a Jocelyne Larocque (Ste. Anne, Man.) shot at 6:42 to make it 2-2.
That would be it for scoring until Poulin took a perfect pass from Jenner and wired a shot off the crossbar and down, just across the goal line to give Canada its first world title since 2012.
“It’s hard to put into words,” Poulin said of winning gold. “The team showed up tonight, we stayed resilient, we stayed to our way, our game and it was amazing – a team effort all around. It wasn’t the start we wanted, down 2-0, but just focusing on what we’ve been doing all tournament was key. In the third period, we killed many penalties, we stuck together, didn’t panic and we took it over in overtime. Obviously, it’s an amazing feeling, since 2012 it’s been a long time coming and the last two years has been a lot of work. We did our work, came as a group and we did it.”
Following the tournament, Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que.) was named Most Valuable Player and Best Forward by the IIHF Directorate. Daoust led the tournament in scoring with 12 points (six goals, six assists). Daoust, Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ont.) and Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont.) were named to the Media All-Star Team.
A full game summary and recap can be found at HockeyCanada.ca.
“We’ve tried to focus a lot this event, touching on making little adjustments about the opponent,” said Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.). “With so much time off from international play, we thought the priority should be on our game and what makes us successful. We got a little bit in that first game against the U.S. and we just tried to build off that for this game.”
Canada was perfect through the preliminary round, finishing atop the Group A standings with wins over Finland, ROC, Switzerland and the United States, outscoring its opponents 20-5. Canada earned a trip to the gold medal game with a 7-0 quarterfinal shutout of Germany and a 4-0 semifinal win over Switzerland.
Canada has captured 11 gold medals at the IIHF Women’s World Championship (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2012, 2021), in addition to eight silver (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) and one bronze (2019).
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