April 9, 2013
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For the 15th consecutive time, the United States and Canada will play for the gold medal at the IIHF Women’s World Championship. The final will be played Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. (CT) at Scotia Bank Place in Ottawa, Ontario.
The game will air live on TSN in Canada and will be streamed for free online through FastHockey.com
Finnish goaltender and current Minnesota senior Noora Räty did what she does best on Monday in the semis against Team USA; stifle offenses. The U.S. completely outplayed the Fins through two periods, outshooting them 34-8, but the game was scoreless as the third period started.
However, after 53 minutes of being denied by Räty, former Badger Hilary Knight (2012) finally broke the stalemate, netting her first goal of the tournament. North Dakota’s Monique Lamoureux added another tally less than two minutes later. Within the final minute, Brianna Decker (2013) added an empty-net goal to secure the win for the U.S.
Former Badgers netminder Jessie Vetter (2009) earned her third start in net for Team USA and posted her second shutout of the tournament, making 11 saves.
Meghan Duggan (2011) recorded one assist in the game, helping on Decker’s goal. She also finished with two shots on goal.
Knight would end up being named the Player of the Game for Team USA.
Decker’s goal was her fifth of the tournament, which leads all U.S. players and is second-most among all players.
For a third-straight game Canada’s offense continued to roll. The Canadians posted back-to-back eight-goal games after downing Russia, 8-1, on Monday in the semifinals.
Former Badgers defenseman Meaghan Mikkelson (2007) recorded a two-point night, assisting on Canada’s first and last goals of the game.
Canada’s first goal came within the final minute of the first period as former Minnesota Duluth forward Hayley Irwin scored after Canada outshot Russia, 20-4. The Canadians then put up five goals in the second period as Russia tallied their lone goal halfway through the period.
Team Canada finished out the third period with two goals within 24 seconds to cap off the 8-1 win.
Russia's Anna Prugova #1 tracks down a shot from Canada's Meaghan Mikkelson #12 during semifinal round action
Canadian players celebrating at the bench after a second period goal
USA's Meghan Duggan #10 is introduced to the crowd prior to semifinal round action against Finland
USA's Jessie Vetter #31 makes a blocker save during semifinal round action against Finland
Finland's Noora Räty #41 makes a glove save on USA's Brianna Decker #14
USA's Hilary Knight #21 makes a pass during semifinal round action against Finland
USA's Hilary Knight #21 celebrates with Amanda Kessel #28 after giving her team a 1-0 lead over Finland
Finland's Noora Räty #41 and USA's Hilary Knight #21 were named Players of the Game