Canada avenged an opening-game extra time loss to their rivals the United States with an overtime shocker of their own, striking on a Rebecca Johnston overtime power play goal to win Canada their 12th Four Nations Cup, as well as winning the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
Johnston opened the scoring for Canada with 3:14 remaining in the first, as both Shannon Szabados and Molly Schaus put in solid periods for Canada and the United States in net, respectively. The U.S. opened up the scoring in the second period, with a pair of goals from Julie Chu and Kendall Coyne in a span of 77 seconds to suddenly put the U.S. ahead 2-1. But, with just 1:49 remaining in the second frame, Meaghan Mikkelson notched the tying goal to send the game into intermission tied at 2-2.
Despite five power play chances between the two squads in the third, neither team was able to capitalize with the go-ahead goal, sending the game in front of a tense Mile One Centre into overtime. And with a costly overtime penalty to Kacey Bellamy for tripping five minutes in, Johnston converted the power play goal with just 37 seconds remaining in the penalty, clinching the dramatic victory for Canada and winning them their second consecutive Four Nations Cup Gold Medal, their fifth straight Gold on home ice, and first since 2006 in Kitchener, Ontario.
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.