🇨🇦 🇺🇸 IHLC Classics: Wendell’s Winner Nets First Gold For Team USA

From time to time, TheIHLC.com will feature detailed recaps and boxscores of some of the most legendary games in international hockey history, considered to be “IHLC Classics.” Today, in honour of American Independence Day, we feature the first Gold Medal for the United States women’s team, captured in a thrilling shootout in 2005.

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🇺🇸 United States 1-0 Canada 🇨🇦 (SO)
Women’s World Championship Gold Medal Game
Cloetta Center, Linköping 🇸🇪
Saturday, 09 April 2005

Few team sports have been dominated so emphatically by one country as women’s hockey by Canada. Since the inception of the World Women’s Championship into the IIHF program in 1990, Team Canada won all eight championships leading up to the ninth Women’s World tournament in Sweden in 2005. Additionally, Canada had won the 2002 Olympic gold. The only blemish to Canada’s women’s record was USA’s win in the 1998 Olympics.
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IHLC Results – 🇷🇺 Russia 4-3 Sweden 🇸🇪 (SO) – 31 Aug 2006

🇷🇺 Russia 4-3 Sweden 🇸🇪 (SO)
Česká Pojišťovna Cup
Cloetta Center, Linköping 🇸🇪
Thursday, 31 August 2006

BOXSCORE
1st Period
00:12 – 🇸🇪 PEN – H. Jonsson, interference
02:33 – 🇸🇪 GOAL – Davidsson (Johansson, Hannula)
07:25 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Kondratiev, holding
09:54 – 🇸🇪 PEN – team, too many players
12:15 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Bergqvist, hooking
15:25 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Zinoviev (Morozov, But)
15:54 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Nepryaev, hooking
16:20 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Simakov, hooking
17:39 – 🇸🇪 PP2 GOAL – Strålman (K. Jönsson)
17:54 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Atyushov, delay of game
18:36 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Petrasek, hooking
18:57 – 🇸🇪 PEN – K. Jönsson, hooking
19:35 – 🇷🇺 PP GOAL – Morozov (But)
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IHLC Results – 🇺🇸 United States 1-0 Canada 🇨🇦 (SO) – 09 Apr 2005

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🇺🇸 United States 1-0 Canada 🇨🇦 (SO)
Women’s World Championship Gold Medal Game
Cloetta Center, Linköping 🇸🇪
Saturday, 09 April 2005

Few team sports have been dominated so emphatically by one country as women’s hockey by Canada. Since the inception of the World Women’s Championship into the IIHF program in 1990, Team Canada won all eight championships leading up to the ninth Women’s World tournament in Sweden in 2005. Additionally, Canada had won the 2002 Olympic gold. The only blemish to Canada’s women’s record was USA’s win in the 1998 Olympics.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇦 Canada 3-0 Finland 🇫🇮 – 08 Apr 2005

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🇨🇦 Canada 3-0 Finland 🇫🇮
Women’s World Championship Semifinal
Cloetta Center, Linköping 🇸🇪
Friday, 08 April 2005

Team Canada faced team Finland for the seventh time in a semi final game at the World Women’s Championship. Canada has played Finland once prior to this tournament in an exhibition game in Norrköping on 31 March, Canada won 9-2.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇦 Canada 10-0 Sweden 🇸🇪 – 06 Apr 2005

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🇨🇦 Canada 10-0 Sweden 🇸🇪
Women’s World Championship Preliminary Round
Cloetta Center, Linköping 🇸🇪
Wednesday, 06 April 2005

Team Canada faced its toughest opponent to date as they faced Sweden on their home soil. With over 4,000 fans in the Cloetta Center to watch the host team try and knock off the eight time defending champions, it was the tournaments best atmosphere by far. Canada had the added benefit of having a couple of touring Canadian girl’s teams from Durham and Orangeville, ON to help cheer on the red and white.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇦 Canada 12-0 Russia 🇷🇺 – 04 Apr 2005

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🇨🇦 Canada 12-0 Russia 🇷🇺
Women’s World Championship Preliminary Round
Cloetta Center, Linköping 🇸🇪
Monday, 04 April 2005

Team Canada played its second game of the tournament against one of Canada’s biggest rivals, the Russians. The Canadian offense was stifled by the Russian defensive system in the first, but did manage to score one. Jayna Hefford scored from her knees as she converted on a Canadian power play for the only goal of the period.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇦 Canada 13-0 Kazakhstan 🇰🇿 – 03 Apr 2005

🇨🇦 Canada 13-0 Kazakhstan 🇰🇿
Women’s World Championship Preliminary Round
Cloetta Center, Linköping 🇸🇪
Sunday, 03 April 2005

Team Canada played its first game of the tournament against Kazakhstan on Sunday. This was only the third time these two teams have faced each other, with Canada winning the previous two handily.
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