IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden 3-2 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (SO) – 17 Feb 2006

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden 3-2 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย (SO)
Olympicย Semifinal
Palasport Olimpico,ย Turin ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
Friday, 17 February 2006

There was no reason to suspect that anything would be different in 2006. Since 1990, when womenโ€™s hockey became an official IIHF event, every finals had been a Canada-USA affair. This was the rivalry that kept womenโ€™s hockey alive and exciting, but in some ways it was also one that was taking interest away from the sport.

On the one hand, the two countries always demonstrated the very pinnacle of skill; on the other, some fans were getting bored by the sameness and predictability of each Gold medal game. Coming into the 2006 Olympics, another Canada-USA Gold medal game seemed inevitable; no country, notably Sweden or Finland, had shown an ability to beat either nation prior to the Turin Games. And, indeed, the preliminary round went as usual, Canada and the USA winning all their games.

There was, however, a noticeable difference. Canada beat its opponents badly (16-0, 12-0, 8-1) while the Americans won with a bit more difficulty. Finland, for instance, led USA 2-1 and 3-2 after the first and second periods, respectively, before bowing, 7-3. Still, the semi-finals pitted Canada versus Finland and USA versus Sweden, and everything looked status quo. Canada crushed Finland 6-0, but the Americans did nothing of the sort to the Damkronorna.

The game started out on form as Kristin King scored on the power play to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead after the first period, and Kelly Stephens added another goal with the man advantage early in the second to make it 2-0. But Swedenโ€™s Maria Rooth rose to the occasion. She scored once to make it a 2-1 game, and then midway through the period she scored a short-handed goal to tie the score. A stunned USA team headed to the dressing room in a 2-2 tie after 40 minutes, and it was the Swedes who came out in the third with a confidence no one could have predicted. The third, and a 10-minute overtime period that followed, could not produce another goal, so the teams went to a shootout.

The nervous Americans were stoned on all of their chances by goalie Kim Martin, and Rooth and Pernilla Winberg both scored to give Sweden an unbelievable victory. Sports Illustrated, where not even menโ€™s professional hockey gets much space, devoted two pages to this historic win and the headline was the Swedish word “Mirakel.

The Swedes were going to the Gold medal game, and the Americans had to play for Bronze less than 24 hours later. Canada beat Sweden, 4-1 to win Gold again, and the Americans won Bronze with a 4-0 win over the Finns. But, the story of the tournament was Maria Rooth, Kim Martin, and their Swedish teammates who made womenโ€™s hockey history by taking their country to a Silver medal.

1st Period
07:14 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Asserholt, holding
10:31 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Jansson, boarding
11:55 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PP GOAL – Kr. King (Schmidgall, Chu)
12:31 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Resor, cross checking
13:05 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Wall, interference
16:51 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Nevalainen, tripping
19:21 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Eliasson, holding

2nd Period
21:04 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PP GOAL – Stephens (Wall, Darwitz)
23:06 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Wendell, tripping
26:17 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย GOAL – Rooth (Oโ€™Konor)
27:44 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Edstrand, body checking
29:40 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย SH GOAL – Rooth (Holst)
32:08 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Lindqvist, interference
32:45 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Eliasson, hooking
33:51 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – G. Andersson, cross checking

3rd Period
42:26 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Hagerman, interference
48:33 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Holst, tripping
50:49 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Asserholt, body checking
57:15 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Stephens, tripping
58:51 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Wendell, holding

67:36 –ย ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Rundqvist, tripping

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Darwitz missed
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Holst missed
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Schmidgall stopped
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Jansson stopped
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Ruggiero missed
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Winberg scored
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Wendell stopped
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Rooth scored

W: ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย Martin (37-39)
L: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย Gunn (15-18)

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช 4+5+5+3+1 = 18
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย 13+14+4+8+0 = 39

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Goaltenders: Cecilia Andersson, Kim Martin. Defence: Gunilla Andersson (A), Jenni Asserholt, Joa Elfsberg, Emma Eliasson. Forwards: Ann-Louise Edstrand, Erika Holst (C), Nanna Jansson, Jenny Lindqvist, Kristina Lundberg, Frida Nevalainen, Emilie Oโ€™Konor, Maria Rooth (A), Danijela Rundqvist, Therese Sjรถlander, Katarina Timglas, Pernilla Winberg.
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Goaltenders: Pam Dreyer, Chanda Gunn. Defence: Caitlin Cahow, Molly Engstrom, Jamie Hagerman, Courtney Kennedy, Helen Resor, Angela Ruggiero (A), Lyndsay Wall. Forwards:ย Julie Chu, Natalie Darwitz, Tricia Dunn, Kim Insalaco, Kathleen Kauth, Katie King, Kristin King, Sarah Parsons, Jenny Schmidgall, Kelly Stephens, Krissy Wendell (C).

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช SWEDEN vs. UNITED STATES (C) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
new champion
(first title
Last Title reign ends
01 Jan 2006)
1 All-Time Wins
1 win Head-To-Head
9 wins
First IHLC Meeting (SWE vs. USA)
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA 10-2 SWE ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 10 Nov 2000 โ€“ FNC โ€“ Provo ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Previous IHLC Meeting (SWE vs. USA)
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA 9-2 SWE ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 05 Apr 2004 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Halifax ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA 7-3 FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ โ€“ 14 Feb 2006 โ€“ OG โ€“ Turin ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 4-1 SWE ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 20 Feb 2006 โ€“ OG โ€“ Turin ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย ๐Ÿ…

Article Credit: IIHF 100 Top Stories of the Century
Photo Credit:ย 2015 Womenโ€™s World Championshipย –ย IIHFHHOFIOC



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