USA Tops Canada; Wins Fourth World Championship In Five Years
Team USA won the Women’s World Hockey Championships for the fourth time in five years with a 3-2 win over Canada at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, ON on Tuesday night.
Scoring for the Americans were Brianna Decker, Amanda Kessel, and Megan Bozek; while Courtney Birchard and Caroline Ouellette did the same for the Canadians.
The Americans got to the finals with a 3-0 semi-final win over Finland on Monday as Hilary Knight, Decker, and Monique Lamoureux scored the American goals.
Canada got to the finals with an 8-1 rout of Russia thanks to two goals from Marie-Philip Poulin; while Jayna Hefford, Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Haley Irwin, Rebecca Johnston, Jennifer Wakefield, and Natalie Spooner had singles.
Earlier in the day Russia won the bronze medal with a 2-0 win over Finland as Anna Shibanova and Alexandrea Vafina had singles.
Following the gold medal game the awards were handed out.
Poulin was named the tournament MVP as she led the scoring with six goals and six assists.
Goalie: Nadezhda Alexandrova (RUS)
Defence: Jenni Hiirikoski (FIN)
Forward: Marie-Philip Poulin (CAN)
Goal: Noora Raty (FIN)
Defence: Meghan Mikkelson (CAN), Catherine Ward (CAN)
Forwards: Marie-Philip Poulin (CAN), Brianna Decker (USA), Jennifer Wakefield (CAN)
8. Czech Republic
The tournament began with four preliminary round games on Tuesday.
Finland doubled Switzerland 2-1 as Annina Rajahuhta and Michelle Karvinen scored for the Finns; and Katrin Nabholtz replied for the Swiss.
The other game saw Canada needing overtime to beat the USA 3-2.
Wakefield, Johnston;, and Catherine Ward scored for Canada; while Decker and Monique Lamoureux scored for the Americans.
Svetlana Tkachyova, Yekaterina Solovyova, Yekaterina Smolentseva, and Alexandra Yafina scored for the Russians in their 4-0 shutout of Germany.
The Czech Republic got goals from Lucie Povova, Eva Holesova, and Klara Chemelova in their 3-2 win over Sweden. Erika Graham and Elin Holmlov scored for the Swedes.
Preliminary action continued with four more games on Wednesday.
Monique Lamoureux scored twice; while Kessel and Decker added singles as the Americans doubled Finland 4-2. Rosa Lindstedt and Karvinen scored for the Finns.
Poulin had four goals; while Brianne Jenner had two; and Hefford, Meaghan Mikkelson, Irwin, Sarah Vaillancourt, Johnston, Wakefield, and Spooner had singles as Canada routed Switzerland 13-0.
Tatyana Burina, Yekaterina Lebedeva, and Vafina scored for Russia in their 3-1 win over the Czech Republic. Denisa Krizova added the lone Czech goal.
Lisa Johansson scored two goals, while Pernilla Winberg added a single as Sweden edged Germany 3-2. Susann Gotz and Sara Seiler scored for Germany.
Preliminary action concluded with four more games on Friday.
The Americans got goals from Decker who had a pair; while Alex Carpenter, Julie Chu, and Kendall Coy
The Canadians shutout Finland 8-0 with Agosta-Marciano leading the way with the hat trick; while Jenner had a pair; and Vaillancourt, Wakefield, and Baily Bram had singles.
In the two relegation round games Johansson and Emma Eliason scored for Sweden; while Alena Polsenka did the same for the Czechs in Sweden’s 2-1 win on Saturday.
Sweden avoided relegation with a 4-0 win on Monday thanks to Lina Webster, Linnea Backman, Johann Olofsson, and Holmlov.
In addition to the relgation round game there were two quarterfinals played on Saturday.
Karvinen scored the lone goal of the game as Finland blanked Germany 1-0.
The Russians got goals from Burina and Smolentseva in their 2-1 win over Switzerland. Sara Benz scored the Swiss goal. Tkachyova scored the lone Russian goal.
In the placement game on Monday Germany gained fifth place in the tournament with a 5-3 win over Switzerland thanks to goals from Franziksa Busch who had two; while Lisa Schuster, Manuela Anwader, and Marie Delarbre had singles. Jessica Lutz had two for Switerland; while Julia Marty had one.