Tuesday, April 5, 2016

U.S. Wins Women's World Hockey Gold Again


Alex Carpenter didn't win an NCAA championship with Boston College this season. A second straight world title with the United States will have to suffice.

Carpenter’s goal 12:30 into overtime lifted the Americans to a 1-0 victory over host Canada on Monday night in the 2016 IIHF Women's World Championship gold medal game at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops, B.C. It marked the third straight time the U.S. has garnered world gold, including last year’s triumph in Sweden, and the 17th straight time America has faced Canada for gold since the women’s world tournament began in 1990 in Ottawa.

After the two teams traded power plays in the extra session last night, a shot from the right side by Megan Bozak (Minnesota) was tipped in front by Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (North Dakota). Team Canada goalie Emerance Maschmeyer (Harvard) made the initial save, but the puck trickled behind her where Carpenter found it and slammed it over the goal line for the lone goal of the game, and her only goal of the tournament. Maschmeyer finished with 33 saves, while Alex Rigbsy (Wisconsin) made 32 stops for the U.S., which won all five of its games in the tournament.

The U.S. has now won seven out of the last nine women’s world tournaments, according to IIHF.com, and six of the last seven world crowns. Canada settled for silver for a third straight spring, minus the 2014 Olympics, while Russia claimed this year’s bronze after topping Finland, 1-0, in a shootout earlier yesterday.

Hilary Knight (Wisconsin) of the U.S. was named Best Forward and Tournament MVP after leading all players with seven goals and nine points in five games, while Maschmeyer was chosen as Top Goaltender with a 1.25 goals-against average and .956 save percentage in five outings. Monique Lamoureux (North Dakota) of the Team USA was also named to the tournament all-star team along with Knight after collecting two goals and seven points in five games.

The 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship will be contested next April in Plymouth, Mich.

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