Canada claimed its first ladies’s world hockey championship in virtually a decade Tuesday when Marie-Philip Poulin scored the extra time winner in a 3-2 victory over the US after taking a lead cross from Oakville’s Brianne Jenner.
The Canadians gained gold 9 years after their final time atop the rostrum in 2012, and after not reaching the ultimate for the primary time within the historical past of the event in 2019.
The ushad gained 5 world titles in a row and eight of the earlier 9.
Canada went unbeaten via the championship in Calgary.
Halton Area was well-represented with six gamers on Canada’s 25-woman roster. Together with Jenner, the lineup included Oakville’s Kristin O’Neill, Renata Quick and Emma Maltais from Burlington, Sarah Fuller of Georgetown and Victoria Bach from Milton.
Defender Jaime Bourbonnais, of Mississauga, and ahead Sarah Nurse, of Hamilton, have been additionally a part of the profitable effort.
Poulin scored at 7:22 of 3-on-3 extra time. Jenner handed the puck as much as Poulin whose shot went off the crossbar and into the web.
The aim was initially waved off by the on-ice official, however the Canadians have been quickly piling on high of one another in celebration.
Assistant captain Blayre Turnbull celebrated along with her teammates from a stretcher after she suffered a leg harm.
Jenner had a aim and two assists and Jamie Lee Rattray additionally scored for Canada. Jocelyne Larocque had two assists. Ann-Renee Desbiens made 23 saves within the win.
Alex Carpenter scored twice for the U.S. Nicole Hensley turned away 29 pictures within the loss.
Canada and the U.S. required additional time to resolve the world champion for the fifth time of their final seven clashes for the gold medal.
The U.S. led 2-0 after the opening interval on Carpenter’s two targets, however the hosts drew even within the second.
Rattray tipped a Larocque shot from the purpose between Hensley’s pads for an equalizer at 6:42 of the second interval.
Jenner halved the deficit with a power-play aim 4:13. In a goal-mouth scramble, the alternate captain went backhand to forehand to beat Hensley’s glove.
Carpenter spun and tucked the puck beneath Desbiens for a power-play aim at 12:35 of the primary. Desbiens had gloved Lee Stecklein’s shot from the purpose, however dropped the puck in entrance of her.
Carpenter shovelled her personal rebound between Desbiens’ pads at 9:55.
Mélodie Daoust led Canada and the championship in scoring with six targets and 6 assists in seven video games. Jenner was second in staff scoring with three targets and 7 assists in six video games.
The Canadians didn’t attain the ultimate for the primary time within the historical past of the ladies’s championship in 2019, after they misplaced 4-2 to Finland in a semifinal.
The COVID-19 pandemic stifling worldwide ladies’s hockey meant an extended wait for one more probability at gold.
The 2020 ladies’s championship in Halifax and Truro, N.S., was cancelled. These communities have been awarded the event once more in 2021.
After a postponement from April to Might, Nova Scotia’s then-premier Iain Rankin pulled the plug on the event the day groups have been departing for the province.
The boys’s under-18 championship in Texas in April, and the boys’s world championship in Latvia in Might have been accomplished.
Hockey Canada relocated and rescheduled the ladies’s championship to Calgary in August lower than six months out from February’s Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Hockey Canada didn’t promote tickets in Calgary. Solely members of the family have been allowed right into a devoted part of WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre.
Gamers from different international locations watched Tuesday’s remaining from the opposite facet of the world.
Gamers, staff personnel and officers have been examined for COVID-19 earlier than arrival, throughout a five-day quarantine earlier than the event and throughout the occasion.
They have been confined to the event lodge and the world, and travelled by bus between the 2 websites.
There have been no constructive assessments for the coronavirus in over 3,000 performed, and all groups will have the ability to journey Wednesday, the Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation stated Tuesday.
Canada, the U.S., Finland, Switzerland, Russia, Japan and host China have berths within the 10-country Olympic ladies’s hockey area. The remaining three spots will likely be crammed by way of Olympic qualifying tournaments in November.
The Worldwide Ice Hockey Federations is anticipated to approve in September the addition of the ladies’s championship to Olympic years beginning in 2022 in August. A bunch metropolis has but to be named.
The ladies’s event would revert again to spring in non-Olympic years.
The IIHF can also be anticipated to develop ladies’s rosters to 25, together with three goaltenders, to match the boys’s rosters at future world championships.
— Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press
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