By virtue of the United States’ first Olympic Gold medal in 20 years, six new skaters from Team USA have joined the women’s version of the Triple Gold Club, all adding Olympic Gold to their World Championship Gold and Clarkson Cup.
2014 was quite a year for the International Hockey Lineal Championship, in that theihlc.com formally launched in September, bringing 100+ years of international hockey history online. But this calendar year certainly saw its share of movement and excitement as well.
Team USA recovered from an early 1-0 deficit to cruise to a 5-1 victory over Russia and advance to a gold-medal date with Canada on Monday night at the Hallenstadion. It’s the 13th straight meeting between the women’s teams for gold, the Americans having won the last two and three of the last four.
On paper, it was no contest. On ice, it wasn’t close. But on the scoresheet, it was, indeed, surprisingly close for a long time.
Led by second-period goals from rookies Kendall Coyne and Josephine Pucci, the United States defeated a Slovak team, 5-0, whose best player – by far – is, fortunately, their goalie.
04:40 – GOAL – Renberg
06:24 – PEN – Gratton, slashing
08:33 – PEN – Gratton, high sticking double minor
10:35 – PP GOAL – Renberg (Forsberg, Sundin)
16:32 – GOAL – Jovanovski (Gélinas)
17:51 – PEN – Tornberg, slashing