Canada’s National Women’s Team edged the United States 3-2 Saturday night inside the Mile One Centre, where the largest crowd ever to attend a gold medal game at the 4 Nations Cup watched as Rebecca Johnston scored the winning goal in a thrilling overtime period.
In total, 5,459 fans purchased tickets for the final game of the 2010 4 Nations Cup, held in St. John’s and Clarenville, N.L. from Tuesday, November 9 to Saturday, November 13. Overall attendance at this year’s 4 Nations Cup is also record-breaking, with 29,218 fans attending eight games over the course of the week.
The crowds in Newfoundland and Labrador beat those who attended the 2002 4 Nations Cup in Kitchener, Ont., where Canada defeated the United States 4-2 for the gold medal. About 5,400 fans attended the gold medal game in 2002, with 24,408 people total attending all games at the Kitchener tournament.
Canada has now won 12 gold medals and three silver medals at 15 total 4 Nations Cup, including last year in Vierumäki, Finland. The United States has won gold at the international tournament three times, the last in 2008 in Lake Placid, N.Y. The inaugural tournament was held in 1996 in Ottawa, Ont.
In the gold medal game, Johnston also opened the scoring at 16:46 in the first to put Canada up 1-0 going into the intermission.
The Americans staged a brief comeback during the second period, with Julie Chu and Kendall Coyne both scoring for a 2-1 lead. But defenceman Meaghan Mikkelson capitalized on a power play at 18:11, with Irwin and Agosta again assisting, to tie the game up at two apiece.
The third period was scoreless, sending the gold medal game into overtime, with Johnston picking up a rebound at 6:21 in the extra period and using handy stick work to put it past the American goal line and give Canada’s National Women’s Team the 3-2 gold medal win.
Earlier Friday, Finland edged Sweden 2-1 to win the bronze medal at the 2010 4 Nations Cup. Karoliina Rantamäki and Annina Rajahuhta both scored in the first period to help Finland win its tenth bronze medal at the 4 Nations Cup.
IHLC: With the win, Canada recaptures the International Hockey Lineal Championship, their 23rd title, for the first title win since the 2009 Four Nations Cup Gold Medal Game, which they successfully defended through the 2010 Olympics before losing to the U.S. in the opening game of this year’s tournament. This was the 97th meeting between Team Canada and Team USA, with their last meeting being the aforementioned Cup opening game, which the U.S. won 3-2 in a shootout. The win ensures that Canada will carry the IHLC into the 2011 World Championships in Switzerland this April.
05:22 – PEN – M. Lamoureux, hooking
07:20 – PEN – Bellamy, body checking
10:01 – PEN – Guay, interference
16:46 – GOAL – Johnston (Irwin, Agosta)
18:01 – PEN – Cahow, cross checking
22:10 – PEN – Mikkelson, interference
25:03 – PEN – Engstrom, holding
29:07 – GOAL – Chu (J. Lamoureux)
30:24 – GOAL – Coyne (M. Lamoureux, Schmidgall)
30:50 – PEN – Chu, hooking
37:31 – PEN – Cahow, interference
38:11 – PP GOAL – Mikkelson (Irwin, Agosta)
39:22 – PEN – Wickenheiser, hooking
43:39 – PEN – Agosta, slashing
47:07 – PEN – Larocque, tripping
47:17 – PEN – Chu, holding
56:48 – PEN – Poulin, hooking
59:43 – PEN – Bellamy, body checking
64:58 – PEN – Bellamy, tripping
66:21 – PP GOAL – Johnston (Mikkelson, Irwin)
W: Szabados (24-26)
L: Schaus (49-52)
SHOTS ON GOAL
10+11+20+11 = 52
10+5+9+2 = 26
Goaltenders: Christina Kessler, Kim St-Pierre, Shannon Szabados. Defence: Courtney Birchard, Tessa Bonhomme, Annie Guay, Jocelyne Larocque, Meaghan Mikkelson, Bobbi Jo Slusar, Tara Watchorn. Forwards: Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Vicki Bendus, Jayna Hefford, Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Caroline Ouellette, Cherie Piper, Marie-Philip Poulin, Natalie Spooner, Jennifer Wakefield, Hayley Wickenheiser.
Goaltenders: Molly Schaus, Jessie Vetter. Defence: Kacey Bellamy, Caitlin Cahow, Molly Engstrom, Meagan Mangene, Michelle Picard, Josephine Pucci, Anne Schleper. Forwards: Julie Chu, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Sarah Erickson, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Erika Lawler, Jenny Schmidgall, Haley Skarupa, Allie Thunstrom, Jinelle Zaugg.