Poulin scores in overtime, Canada wins its 1st world title since 2012 | YourCentralValley.com KSEE24
CALGARY, Alta. (AP) – Marie-Philip Poulin scored in overtime and Canada beat the reigning five-time United States 3-2 on Tuesday night to win their first gold at the women’s hockey world championship since 2012.
Poulin, the Canadian captain, skated on the left side, took a pass from Brianne Jenner and sent it off the crossbar and post before entering. the buzzer sounded after a video review.
The Canadians rushed onto the ice and huddled on top of each other to celebrate their 11th world championship title.
“It’s so weird how it happened,” said Canadian forward Sarah Fillier. “We were all sitting on the bench, thinking we had to finish the next 11 minutes. But the bells went off and we all jumped on it. It’s so crazy, but it’s so cool.
Canada fell 2-0 in the first period – only for its second deficit in the tournament. But the Canadians scored two goals, 2:29 apart, in the second to tie the game.
Jenner scored on a power play when she circled the puck in front of the net and brought it from the backhand to the forehand to get around Nicole Hensley’s left pad.
Jamie Lee Rattray equalized by redirecting Jocelyne Larocque’s shot from the point. Rattray nearly won with 90 seconds left in regulation, but his breakaway shot went off Hensley and deflected off the post.
“I think our team held on from start to finish. We showed a lot of character, ”said Canadian forward Melodie Daoust. “Just to be able to celebrate from here at home with our family and friends, I think it’s amazing.”
Five of the last seven world finals between Canada and the United States have been extended, including in 2011, ’12, ’16 and ’17.
“That’s why it’s the biggest rivalry in sport,” said US forward Amanda Kessel.
Alex Carpenter opened the scoring for the United States for a third straight game. She hit her own rebound between the legs of goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens.
Carpenter scored his fifth tournament goal, all in the last three games, on a power play at just 12:35 into the game.
The United States had won eight of the previous nine titles, including 2019 when Canada failed to reach the final for the first time in the history of the tournament which began in 1990.
In the third-place match, Petra Nieminen scored her sixth goal of the event and Finland beat Switzerland 3-1.
Finland won their 13th bronze medal at the event. Switzerland were aiming for their second bronze medal, the first in 2012 against the Finns.
Tanja Niskanen only needed 99 seconds to put Finland on the board. Niskanen went unmarked and skated to an open end to send her over Saskia Maurer’s glove for her first goal of the tournament. Finland started the second period the same as Ella Viitasuo scored 54 seconds on a shot from the post for a 2-0 advantage.
Nieminen gave Finland a 3-1 lead, three seconds after a power play began late in the second period, redirecting Michelle Karvinen’s shot from the point.
Lara Stalder brought Switzerland back to 2-1 three minutes later, finishing a 2-2 opportunity after a key save by goalkeeper Saskia Maurer at the other end.