IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 4-3 Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – 12 Apr 2008

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 4-3ย Canadaย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Women’s World Championshipย Gold Medal Game
Baqu Arena, Harbin ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ
Saturday, 12 April 2008

The U.S. Women’s National Team captured the Gold medal with a 4-3 win over Canada at the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championship here tonight at the Baqu Arena. Team USA finished with the tournament with a 4-0-1-0 record and ended with back-to-back victories over top-seeded Canada for its second Gold medal in the last three World Championships.

Team USA took a 2-1 lead in the opening period, then went up 4-1 in the second frame before Canada scored two third-period goals for the 4-3 score.

“We’re extremely proud of our team and the way they performed throughout the entire tournament,” said Jackie Barto, head coach for Team USA. “We came out and built on the energy we established on Thursday – it was a great win for Team USA. Jessie Vetter was outstanding in goal and came up with some big saves. We also had exceptional leadership from our veterans; their experience was very helpful in this team reaching its goal of winning the Gold medal.”

In the first period, Canada gained a 1-0 lead at the 1:57 mark when Sarah Vaillancourt flipped the puck into the right corner of the net during a four-on-four situation.

Team USA bounced back with a pair of goals to take a 2-1 lead before the period had expired. Jenny Potter was first to score for the Americans, as Julie Chu fed her the puck and she one-timed it from the right point at 8:09 during a U.S. power play. Captain Natalie Darwitz then gave Team USA the one-goal advantage as she skated up the length of the ice, deked in front of the Canadian net and put a wrist shot inside the right post at 17:41.

In the middle frame, the United States tallied twice more to take a 4-1 lead. The first was scored during a two-man advantage when Angela Ruggiero took a shot from the top of the slot that bounced off the end boards and was tipped in by Potter at 10:54. Darwitz then netted her second of the evening, again skating up the length of the ice on the right side and sniping the puck just inside the far post past Canadian netminder Kim St-Pierre at 18:41.

In the final stanza, Canada potted a pair of goals within a 1:10 span to cut the U.S. lead to 4-3. Katie Weatherston scored at 8:38, followed by a power-play rebound-goal from Jennifer Botterill at 9:48. Team USA then killed off three penalties in the final half of the period to secure the win.

St-Pierre and Charline Labontรฉ combined for 25 saves in net for Canada, while Jessie Vetter stopped 21 for the United States.

NOTES: Team USA was 2-for-13 on the power play, while holding Canada to 1-for-11 with the man advantage…Natalie Darwitz, Jenny Potter and Caitlin Cahow were named Team USA’s best players of the tournament…Angela Ruggiero won the Directorate Award as the tournament’s best defenceman, while Natalie Darwitz was the tournament’s top forward and the overall MVP…Molly Engstrom sat out the game with an injury…The United States had never previously beaten Canada twice in one World Championship…Team USA has won one Gold medal and nine Silver medals in the 10 previous IIHF World Womenโ€™s Championships.

1st Period
01:31 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Lawler, tripping
01:45 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Apps, cross checking
01:57 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Vaillancourt (Kingsbury)
05:56 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Sostorics, tripping
07:42 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Agosta, tripping
08:09 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PP GOAL – Schmidgall (Duggan, Chu)
10:13 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Marvin, holding
12:51 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Marvin, high sticking
15:19 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Weiland, hooking
17:41 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย GOAL – Darwitz (Bellamy, Cahow)

2nd Period
21:27 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Parsons, tripping
21:56 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Wickenheiser, holding
29:24 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Apps, roughing
30:41 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Sostorics, hooking
30:54 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PP2 GOAL – Schmidgall (Ruggiero, Chu)
32:11 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Collins, delay of game
36:05 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Bellamy, interference
38:30 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย GOAL – Darwitz (Bellamy)
39:53 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Hefford, body checking

3rd Period
41:36 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Drazan, hooking
44:02 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – MacLeod, tripping
46:56 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Botterill, boarding
48:26 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Chu, body checking
48:38 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Weatherston (Kellar, Sostorics)
49:48 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Botterill (Ouellette)
52:13 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Hefford, hooking
53:02 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Duggan, tripping
53:56 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Ruggiero, tripping
56:09 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Agosta, cross checking
57:59 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Marvin, holding
59:41 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Hefford, hooking

W: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย Vetter (21-24)
L: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย St-Pierre (16-20), Labontรฉย (9-9)

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 10+10+9 = 29
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 9+8+7 = 24

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Goaltenders: Molly Schaus, Jessie Vetter. Defence: Kacey Bellamy, Caitlin Cahow, Julie Chu, Rachael Drazan, Angela Ruggiero, Kerry Weiland. Forwards: Natalie Darwitz, Meghan Duggan, Sam Faber, Hilary Knight, Jessica Koizumi, Erika Lawler, Gigi Marvin, Sarah Parsons, Jenny Schmidgall, Kelli Stack, Karen Thatcher.
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders:ย Charline Labontรฉ, Kim St-Pierre. Defence: Delaney Collins, Gillian Ferrari,ย Becky Kellar, Carla MacLeod, Meaghan Mikkelson, Colleen Sostorics. Forwards:ย Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Kelly Bechard, Jennifer Botterill, Jayna Hefford, Rebecca Johnston, Gina Kingsbury, Caroline Ouellette, Cherie Piper, Sarah Vaillancourt, Katie Weatherston, Hayley Wickenheiser.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ UNITED STATES (C) vs. CANADA ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
current champion
10 Apr 2008)
Last Title 10 Apr 2008
65 All-Time Wins
32 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie)
48 wins
First IHLC Meeting (USA vs. CAN)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 2-1 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 21 Apr 1987 โ€“ WWT โ€“ North York ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Previous IHLC Meeting (USA vs. CAN)
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย USA 4-2 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 10 Apr 2008 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Harbin ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย USA 4-2 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 10 Apr 2008 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Harbin ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย USA 5-2 SWE ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 04 Nov 2008 โ€“ FNC โ€“ Lake Placid ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Article Credit: USA Hockey
Photo Credit: Hockey Canadaย โ€“ IIHF โ€“ HHOF โ€“ IOC



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