Brianne Jenner scored the only goal of the shootout as Canada defeated the United States 3-2 to win the 2014 4 Nations Cup.
A late addition to the roster, Jenner rifled a backhand high stick side on Canada’s second shot of the shootout to give her country its 14th title gold medal at the event.
Jennifer Wakefield scored both Canadian goals in regulation. Laura Fortino, Tara Watchorn, Natalie Spooner and Courtney Birchard added the assists.
Geneviève Lacasse made 33 saves in the win.
Brianne Decker and Hilary Knight scored for the United States. Molly Schaus stopped 26 of 28 shots in net.
More than 5,800 fans filled the Interior Savings Centre Saturday night to see the latest chapter in the sport’s best rivalry.
A mad scramble in front of the Canadian crease in the opening 30 seconds set the tone early. Physical play by both sides led to three penalties being called in the opening six minutes.
An up-tempo opening 20 minutes saw its first goal almost 16 minutes in. A mere 12 seconds after Megan Keller took a seat for hooking, Wakefield tipped Watchorn’s point shot top corner.
The ice was still wet for the start of the second period when Decker equalized for the Americans. Her wrist shot from the face-off dot beat Lacasse low far side.
Knight gave the Americans the lead just over eight minutes later when she got sprung on a breakaway from just outside the blue line.
A late goal gave the momentum back to Canada heading into the second intermission. Spooner sent a pass from the boards out to the face-off circle, where Wakefield spun and scored her second of the night.
Canada nearly won it in regulation, when Spooner put a loose puck in from the low slot. A quick whistle brought the goal back.
And Alex Carpenter twice came close to ending it in overtime for the United States. Three minutes in her backhand was saved by the post; seven minutes later Lacasse stoned the American captain on a partial breakaway.
IHLC: With the win, Canada completes its 4-0 sweep of the Four Nations Cup to retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship, which they won in the Olympic Preliminary Round in Sochi, defended in the now-classic Gold Medal Game, and retained in Kamloops against Sweden, Team USA and Finland en route to this Gold Medal Game. This was the 122nd IHLC meeting between Team Canada and Team USA, the first since Canada’s 3-2 come from behind win in the Preliminary Round – in fact, the last six games between these two have ended in a 3-2 score, dating back to a December exhibition game. Additionally, Canada was able to break the five-year curse of the preliminary matchup winner going on to lose the Gold Medal Game at the Four Nations Cup. Canada will now march into Malmö, Sweden with the IHLC for the 2015 World Championships, where they open the tournament against, you guessed it, the United States.
00:56 – PEN – Carpenter, holding
02:36 – PEN – Birchard, holding
05:56 – PEN – Birchard, interference
15:34 – PEN – Keller, hooking
15:46 – PP GOAL – Wakefield (Fortino, Watchorn)
20:50 – GOAL – Decker (Coyne)
29:08 – GOAL – Knight
34:02 – PEN – Kohanchuk, cross checking
35:50 – SH PEN SHOT – Saulnier missed
37:49 – GOAL – Wakefield (Spooner, Birchard)
40:44 – PEN – team, too many players
45:35 – PEN – Larocque, interference
49:07 – PEN – Lamoureux, hooking
59:34 – PEN – Bozek, hooking
65:15 – PEN – Watchorn, tripping
79:25 – PEN – Stecklein, tripping
W: Lacasse (33-35)
L: Schaus (26-29)
SHOTS ON GOAL
4+11+8+5+1 = 29
8+8+9+10+0 = 35
Goaltenders: Geneviève Lacasse, Emerance Maschmeyer. Defence: Courtney Birchard, Laura Fortino, Halli Krzyzaniak, Jocelyne Larocque, Lauriane Rougeau (A), Tara Watchorn. Forwards: Bailey Bram, Emily Clark, Haley Irwin (C), Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston (A), Jenelle Kohanchuk, Jamie Lee Rattray, Jillian Saulnier, Natalie Spooner (A), Kelly Terry, Blayre Turnbull, Jennifer Wakefield.
Goaltenders: Alex Rigsby, Molly Schaus. Defence: Kacey Bellamy (A), Megan Bozek, Megan Keller, Monique Lamoureux, Emily Pfalzer, Michelle Picard, Lee Stecklein. Forwards: Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Alex Carpenter (C), Kendall Coyne, Shiann Darkangelo, Brianna Decker (A), Hilary Knight, Annie Pankowski, Amanda Pelkey, Paige Savage, Haley Skarupa, Dana Trivigno.