Forum staff reports, Published April 14 2012
Canada tips USA in OT for women's world hockey titleBURLINGTON, Vt. – Canada was embarrassed in the opener of the IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championships, but rebounded at the right time.
Meghan Agosta tied the game with 2 minutes, 38 seconds left in regulation and Caroline Ouellette won it at 1:50 of overtime to give Canada the world crown with a 5-4 victory in the gold-medal game.
The Canadians lost 9-2 to the Americans in the opener of pool play and lost an overtime game in the finals a year earlier.
Grand Forks native and University of North Dakota junior Monique Lamoureux-Kolls finished as the tournament’s leading scorer with 14 points, but she was held scoreless in the championship. She was named one of Team USA’s top three players of the tournament.
Warroad, Minn., native Gigi Marvin, a forward who has been moved to defense, finished as the tournament’s top defenseman scorer. She added two big goals on Saturday in the second period.
The Canadians built a 3-1 lead on goals by Hayley Wickenheiser, Jayna Hefford and Ouellette. But the Americans trimmed the deficit on a power-play goal by Wisconsin’s Brianna Decker at 16:43 of the second period.
Just 1:33 later, Marvin scored a power-play goal to tie it 3-3. Then, Marvin added another on a point shot at 2:57 of the third to give the Americans their first lead of the game.
That lead lasted until Agosta’s tying goal.
The Americans outshot Canada 44-39, but Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados stopped 40 shots. U.S. goalie Molly Schaus, named one of the team’s best three players of the tournament, stopped 34.
The Canadians won their first IIHF Women’s World title since 2007. They also won gold at the 2010 Olympic Games. The Americans had won gold in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
Team USA entered the championship outscoring opponents 39-2 in the tournament and with three straight shutout wins, but that ended early with a shorthanded goal at 7:52 of the opening frame.
Next year, the tournament will be in Ottawa. In 2014, the Olympics are in Sochi, Russia.
Switzerland 6, Finland 2
Swiss goalie Florence Schelling, a Patty Kazmaier Award finalist at Northeastern this season, stopped 50 shots to lead Switzerland to an upset victory over Finland in the bronze-medal game Saturday.
Finland, which features Sioux rookie Michelle Karvinen, finished the tournament in fourth place after outshooting the Swiss 52-25, but coming up short.