Canadians Are World Champions
Team Canada won their first world championship since 2007 with a 5-4 overtime win over Team USA at the Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, VT Saturday night.
Caroline Ouellette led the way for Canada with two goals including the overtime winner 1:50 into the extra frame; while Jayna Hefford, Hayley Wickenheiser, and Meghan Agosta had singles for Canada. Gigi Marvin scored twice for the USA; and Brianna Decker and Kendall Coyne added one each.
Switzerland took their first ever bronze medal with a 6-2 win over Finland earlier in the day. Julia Marty, Kathrin Lehman, Sara Benz, Evelina Raselli, Katrin Nabholtz, amd Anja Stiefel scored for Switzerland; while Anne Helin and Annina Rajahuhta added the Finnish goals.
Following the tournament the Best Directorate Awards were announced.
Switzerland’s Florence Schelling was named the top goalie; while Finland’s Jenni Hiirikoski was the top rearguard; and Team USA’s Kelli Stack was the top forward.
Team USA’s Monique Lamoureux-Kolls finished as the tournament’s top scorer with seven goals and seven assists in five games; while Sweden’s Sara Grahan was the top netminder with her 1.50 GAA and 0.944 SAV%.
The tournament began with four games on Saturday April 7th as the Swedes skated to a 5-1 win over Slovakia. Elin Holmlov Jenni Asserholt, Johanna Olofsson, and Annie Svedin scored for Sweden; while Iveta Karafiatova added the lone Slovak goal.
Finland nipped Russia 5-4. The Finns got goals from Karolina Rantmaki and Nina Tikkanen who scored twice each; and Rosa Lindstedt who had a single; while Tatyana Burina, Inna Dyubanok, Yekaterina Lebedeva, and Galina Skiba added the Russian markers.
Germany squeezed past Switzerland 3-2. Julia Zorn, Monika Bittner, and Sarah Weyland added the German markers; while Julia Marty and Nicole Bullot added the Switzerland goals.
The last game of the day saw the host Americans blast Canada 9-2. Monique Lamoreux-Kolls led the parade with three goals, Jocelyne Lamoureux and Hilary Knight scored twice each, and Julie Chu and Josephine Pucci added singles for the Americans; while Marie-Philip Poulin and Natalie Spooner added the Canadian goals.
The tournament continued with four more games on Sunday.
Erika Holst and Holmlov scored for Sweden; while Zorn added the German marker as Sweden doubled Germany 2-1.
Laura Fortino, Ouellette, and Gillian Apps scored for Canada as they edged Finland 3-2. Rantamaki and Venla Hovi added the Finnish markers.
Knight and Amanda Kessel scored twice each; while Decker, Megan Bozek, Coyne, and the Lamoureux twins all added a goal each as the USA stomped to a 9-0 win over Russia.
Switzerland got goals from Darcia Leimgruber and Julia Marty; while Jana Kapustova scored for Slovakia as the Swiss nipped the Slovaks 2-1.
After an off day on Monday the tournament resumed with four games on Tuesday.
Switzerland continued their surprising run with a 3-2 win over Sweden as Julia Marty, Lehmann, and Benz added the Swiss goals; while Asserholt and Holst scored for Sweden.
Canada routed Russia with a 14-1 win. Spooner led the way with three goals; while Hefford, Agosta, and Wickenheiser had a pair each; and Rebecca Johnston, Laurianne Rougeau, Poulin, Jennifer Wakefield, and Gillian Apps had singles for the Canadians; while Angelina Goncharenko added the Russian marker.
Slovakia doubled Germany 4-2 as Nicol Cupkova led the way with two goals; and Martina Velickova and Jana Kapustova added singles; and Bettina Evers and Lisa Schuster scored for Germany.
The day ended with the Americans blasting Finland 11-0. Lamoureux-Kolls and Stack had a hat trick each; while Knight, Pucci, Decker, and Kessel had singles.
In the quarterfinals on Wednesday Switzerland earned a spot in the semi finals with a 5-2 win over Russia. Stefanie Marty scored twice; while Julia Marty, Raselli, and Phoebe Stanz added singles for the Swiss; while the Russian markers came off the stick of Tatyana Burina.
In relegation round action Gemany edged Slovakia 2-1 as Zorn and Manuela Anwander added the German goals; while Velickova scored for the Slovaks.
Finland edged Sweden 2-1 in the other quarterfinal. Helin and Susana Tapani scored the Finnish goals; while Holmlov scored for Sweden.
After an off day on Thursday action resumed with four games on Friday.
In the relegation game Germany skated to a 3-1 win over Slovakia. Zorn, Anwander, and Tanja Eisenschmid scored for Germany; while Cupkova added the lone Slovakian goal. Slovakia is relegated to the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Womens Championship Div. IA.
In semifinal action Canada skated to a 5-1 win over Finland. Fortino, Poulin, Agosta, Courtney Birchard, and Ouellette scored for Canada; while Rantamaki added the lone Finnish goal.
Sweden took fifth place with a 2-1 win over Russia. Holmlov and Pernilla Winberg added the Swedish goals; while Merina Sergina scored for Russia.
The Americans routed Switzerland 10-0 in the other semi. Stack led the way with two goals; Jocelyne Lamoureux, Marvin, Decker, Bozek, Coyne, Chu, Pucci, and Erika Lawler added singles for Team USA.