April 25, 2011
Canada falls to U.S. in world final
By QMI Agency
The United States gained another small measure of revenge Monday for their loss to Canada in the gold-medal game at the Vancouver Olympics.
Hilary Knight scored 7:48 into overtime to give the U.S. a 3-2 win over Canada in the final of the IIHF world women's hockey championship in Zurich, Switzerland. It's the third consecutive year the Americans have won the world title, a span broken up by Canada's victory at the 2010 Olympics.
Canada's Rebecca Johnston forced overtime when she beat U.S. goalie Jessie Vetter on a power play with less than four minutes left in regulation time.
After Jocelyne Lamoureaux of the U.S. and Gillian Apps of Canada exchanged first-period goals, Jenny Potter gave the Americans the lead by backhanding a shot past Shannon Szabados during a four-on-four stretch in the second period.
Szabados stopped 50 shots while Vetter made 48 saves.
Finland beat Russia 3-2 in overtime in the bronze-medal game earlier Monday. It was the third year in a row the Finns have finished third in the worlds or Olympics.
Canadian captain Hayley Wickenheiser and defenceman Meaghan Mikkelson were named to the tournament all-star team. Americans Caitlin Chow and Knight, Finnish forward Michelle Karvinen and Slovakian goalie Zuzana Tomcikova rounded out the all-stars. Tomcikova was named the tournament MVP.
Canada has not won the world women's championship since 2007 in Winnipeg.