The United States avenged their Olympic Gold Medal loss in Vancouver a year earlier, capturing the 2011 World Championships Gold Medal in a 3-2 overtime win over Canada, to also capture the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process.
In a game where defence was dwarfed by an offensive shellacking from both sides, in a game that had a total of 103 shots, the Americans drew first blood in the closing minutes of the first period, with Jocelyne Lamoureux converting on a goal, assisted as usual by her twin sister Monique, past Canadian keeper Shannon Szabados for the 1-0 lead. But Gillian Apps would tie the game for Canada with eight seconds left in the first, beating Jessie Vetter for the 1-1 tie at the end of the first. In a game with relatively few penalties for the oft-contentious meetings between these two, the U.S. regained the lead midway through the second on a Jenny Schmidgall marker, taking a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.
With the game nearly in hand, Canada managed to get their tying goal and force extra time on a late power play goal from Rebecca Johnston, converting their first power play in four attempts in the nick of time, with 3:56 left on the clock, to tie things at 2-2. And while Canada was successful in killing off a critical overtime penalty to Jocelyne Larocque, they were unable to stop Hilary Knight, who tapped in the golden goal past a sprawling Szabados at 7:48 of overtime to win the Americans’ fourth ever Gold, and their third straight, with the thrilling win.
With the win, the United States captures their 22nd International Hockey Lineal Championship title, their first since capturing the title from Canada at the opening of the Four Nations Cup in November. This was the centennial meeting for the IHLC in the storied history between Canada and the United States’ women’s teams, and the first since a pre-tournament exhibition victory enabling Team USA to bring the IHLC to Switzerland. Team USA entered the Worlds with the IHLC, defeating Slovakia, Russia and Sweden in the Prelimianry Round, and Russia again in the Semifinals, en route to this meeting – for more, check out the IHLC @ IIHF World Championships page. The win now ensures that Team USA enter the inaugural Twelve Nations Tournament in August as incumbent IHLC champions.
01:43 – PEN – Wakefield, tripping
12:41 – PEN – M. Lamoureux, holding
16:56 – GOAL – J. Lamoureux (M. Lamoureux)
19:52 – GOAL – Apps (Spooner, Piper)
27:51 – PEN – Slusar, hooking
30:55 – PEN – Irwin, interference
31:28 – PEN – Cahow, holding
32:05 – GOAL – Schmidgall (Ruggiero, Knight)
50:25 – PEN – J. Lamoureux, interference
53:16 – PEN – Wickenheiser, hooking
55:42 – PEN – Pucci, tripping
56:04 – PP GOAL – Johnston (Hefford, Wakefield)
63:28 – PEN – Larocque, tripping
67:48 – GOAL – Knight
W: Vetter (51-53)
L: Szabados (47-50)
SHOTS ON GOAL
16+14+12+8 = 50
9+15+23+6 = 53
Goaltenders: Molly Schaus, Jessie Vetter. Defence: Kacey Bellamy, Caitlin Cahow, Molly Engstrom, Josephine Pucci, Angela Ruggiero (A), Anne Schleper. Forwards: Julie Chu (A), Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Gigi Marvin, Jenny Schmidgall (C), Jen Schoullis, Kelli Stack, Kelley Steadman.
Goaltenders: Charline Labonté, Shannon Szabados. Defence: Tessa Bonhomme, Jocelyne Larocque, Meaghan Mikkelson, Bobbi Jo Slusar, Catherine Ward, Tara Watchorn. Forwards: Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Jayna Hefford (A), Haley Irwin, Rebecca Johnston, Caroline Ouellette (A), Cherie Piper, Marie-Philip Poulin, Natalie Spooner, Sarah Vaillancourt, Jennifer Wakefield, Hayley Wickenheiser (C).