IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 6-3 Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – 16 Apr 2023

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 6-3
Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Womenโ€™s World Championship Gold Medal Game
CAA Centre, Brampton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Sunday, 16 April 2023

Hilary Knight scored three goals including two near the end of the third period on power plays to break a 3-3 tie and send the United States on their way to a 6-3 win and a Gold Medal at Canada’s expense. Canada had three leads in the game, but each time the resilient Americans came back.

In the end, Canada incurred two quick penalties, giving the Americans a 5-on-3 for 49 seconds. Knight scored at 16:50 on a two-skater advantage and again at 17:17 with one extra skater. She had scored earlier, and these goals counted as her 99th, 100th, and 101st career points in World Women’s competition.

The Gold also gives Knight nine career Golds, tying Danielle Goyette for most all time. “I just wanted to pass (Tom) Brady,” Knight quipped. It is also her 13th career medal, tying Hayley Wickenheiser for most all time as well.

It marked the third time she has scored the game winner in a World Women’s Gold game, after 2011 and 2017. It also marked the end of an extraordinary run for Canadian goalie Ann-Renรฉe Desbiens, who lost at the senior level for the first time. Coming into the game she had a record of 16-0 at Women’s Worlds and 6-0 at the Olympics.

“It takes a whole village to have one player be successful on the ice, and to have 25 players going at the same time is an incredible feat. We have so many great leaders in that room. I think that’s what’s so special about this collection of players. At times, I was telling them to calm down, pay attention to the little things. These are two great teams going to battle.”

“We always go back and forth with them,” lamented Canada’s captain, Marie-Philip Poulin. “It’s such a rivalry, but unfortunately we got caught with those two penalties, and that 3-on-5 broke our momentum. But this doesn’t define us as a group. We’re willing to do whatever it takes, but it didn’t happen tonight. It’s over now. We’ll take some time to reflect on this.”

Cayla Barnes added an empty netter with 1:58 remaining to leave no doubt. The win ends Canada’s three Golds in a row at the 2021 and 2022 Worlds and the 2022 Olympics.

“We got Gold and hopefully we can keep it going,” added Megan Keller. “It’s a huge honour, and we just continue to get better and better each tournament, each game, each camp. We have a great program, and it’s not even everybody that’s just here. It’s everybody who’s in Blaine; it’s everybody who’s in college, postgrads. We have a huge group, and we continue to push each other, challenge each other. The sky’s the limit for this group.”

“Our team has the mindset of never too high, never too low,” Abbey Murphy said. “So when we are down, we try to keep that energy up and it never goes low.”

The game was played in front of a wild and ecstatic sold-out crowd that oohed and aaahed all night long to the ebb and flow of play.

The Americans had more jump to the start as the Canadians looked a bit nervous and had trouble connecting with their passes. Lacey Eden almost opened the scoring four and a half minutes in. Her bad-angle shot went off the back of Desbiens and landed on the goal line, and without knowing where it was Desbiens dropped to her knees and made the save.

The U.S. ran into penalty trouble soon after, giving Canada a two-skater advantage for 1:36. Seconds later, captain Marie-Philip Poulin connected on a bullet one-timer at 6:23 to give the hosts an early lead. But the U.S. was hardly fazed and continue to press. Canada did a good job containing their attack, but the Canadians misfired on passes and could do little better.

Inevitably, the teams virtually equally talented, the U.S. tied the game. The goal came off the rush as Murphy carried the puck over the Canada line, made a nice toe drag on Erin Ambrose, and wired a shot under Desbiens glove at 18:01, her fifth goal of the tournament.

The U.S. had an early power play in the second but this time Canadaโ€™s PK was perfect. Brianne Jenner put the home side ahead at 5:03 on a quick point shot that went all the way. Soon after, Frankel made her best save to keep it a one-goal game. Jocelyne Larocque fired a perfect pass to Rebecca Johnston in front, and she got a shot off that should have gone in but for Frankelโ€™s quickness.

A poor line change by Canada led to the U.S.โ€™s tying goal. Amanda Kessel drove down the right side and fed the puck to Hilary Knight. Although Desbiens made the initial save, Knight banged in the rebound to make it 2-2. It was her all-time record 99th career point in World Womenโ€™s play.

Canada went ahead for a third time, however, again off a quick wrister from the point. This time Renata Fast did the shooting, and Jenner, now in front of the goal, made the gorgeous tip at 9:39. Canada again had a chance to extend their lead but Frankel got her glove on another Jenner shot.

Was it enough? Of course not. Early in the third Canada failed to clear, and Caroline Harvey made them pay. She intercepted the puck, moved in, and wired a shot past Desbiens glove at 5:40 to the the game for a third time.

That set the stage for Knight’s heroics tonight. It also sets the stage for a wild dogfight to prepare for the Milan Olympic in February 2026.

1st Period
05:44 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PEN – Scamurra, hooking
06:09 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PEN – Eden, delay of game
06:23 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PP2 GOAL – Poulin (Ambrose, Jenner)
18:01 –
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – Murphy (Carpenter)

2nd Period
22:00 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Turnbull, tripping
25:03 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ GOAL – Jenner (Fast, Rattray)
28:30 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – Knight (Kessel)
29:39 –
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ GOAL – Jenner (Fast, Poulin)

3rd Period
41:34 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PEN – Scamurra, tripping
45:40 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – Harvey
46:14 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PEN – Barnes, hooking
49:33 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Rattray, slashing
54:57 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Jenner, tripping
56:08 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Thompson, delay of game
56:50 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PP2 GOAL – Knight (Heise, Carpenter)
57:17 –
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PP GOAL – Knight (Harvey, Kessel)
58:02 –
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ EN GOAL – Barnes
59:51 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PEN – Kessel, tripping

W: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Frankel (24-27)
L: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Desbiens (16-21)

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 6+8+8 = 22
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย 6+13+8 = 27

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Goaltenders: Aerin Frankel, Nicole Hensley. Defence: Cayla Barnes, Rory Guilday, Savannah Harmon, Caroline Harvey, Megan Keller (A), Lee Stecklein (A), Haley Winn. Forwards: Hannah Bilka, Alex Carpenter, Britta Curl, Lacey Eden, Taylor Heise, Gabbie Hughes, Tessa Janecke, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight (C), Abbey Murphy, Kelly Pannek, Abby Roque, Hayley Scamurra.
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Ann-Renรฉe Desbiens, Emerance Maschmeyer. Defence: Erin Ambrose, Jaime Bourbonnais, Renata Fast, Jocelyne Larocque (A), Ella Shelton, Claire Thompson, Micah Zandee-Hart. Forwards: Emily Clark, Sarah Fillier, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Emma Maltais, Sarah Nurse, Kristin O’Neill, Marie-Philip Poulin (C), Jamie Lee Rattray, Danielle Serdachny, Natalie Spooner, Laura Stacey, Blayre Turnbull (A).

vs. CANADA (C) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
new champion
(previous 15 Dec 2022)
Last Title reign ends
(since 15 Dec 2022)
152 All-Time Wins
76 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie)
102 wins
First IHLC Meeting (USA vs. CAN)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 2-1 USAย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย โ€“ 21 Apr 1987 โ€“ WWT โ€“ North Yorkย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Previous IHLC Meeting (USA vs. CAN)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 4-3 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (SO) โ€“ 10 Apr 2023 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Brampton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 5-1 SUIย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย โ€“ 15 Apr 2023 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Brampton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Next IHLC Game

Article Credit: 2023 Womenโ€™s World Championship
Photo Credit: CT InsiderIIHFHHOFIOC



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