USA claims gold at 2013 IIHF World Women's Championship


April 10, 2013

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2013 IIHF Women's World Championship  |  Hockey Canada  |  USA Hockey

 United State 3 - Canada 2  |  Tuesday, April 9
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The United States powered its way to a gold medal and world title, defeating Canada 3-2 at the 2013 IIHF Women's World Championship Tuesday night at Scotia Bank Place in Ottawa, Ontario.

Team USA entered the game looking to avenge the preliminary-round shootout loss to Canada on April 2, a game in which the Americans held a two-goal lead to start the third period.

Things did not start off as planned for Team USA, as the Canadians scored halfway through the first period, even though the U.S. outshot Canada 12-8 in the period. The U.S. was then forced to kill off two penalties, including 29 seconds of a five-on-three play, to end the period.

In typical Wisconsin women's hockey fashion, the United States came out looking to control the second period, and unsurprisingly, it was a Badger that put Team USA on the board. Brianna Decker (2013) entered the offensive zone on a two-on-one with former Shattuck-St. Mary's teammate and current Minnesota forward Amanda Kessel. With the passing lane covered by a defenseman, Decker deked around Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados to net her sixth goal of the tournament.

Just 12 minutes later, Team USA took a 2-1 lead behind a power-play goal from defenseman Megan Bozek. Unfortunately, the lead wouldn't last long as Canada's Caroline Ouellette scored with less than three minutes remaining in the period to tie the game, 2-2. The United States outshot Canada 12-2 in the second period.

In the third, both sides played a much more closely-contested period. The shots on goal were tied 6-6 in the period, but Kessel would be the lone goal scorer. Former UW goaltender Jessie Vetter (2009) started the play behind her net, recording the second assist on the game-winning goal.

Vetter made 14 saves in her fourth start of the tournament. She recorded two shutouts in the tournament, one in the preliminary round against Switzerland and one against Finland in the semifinals.

Both Decker and Vetter were named to the top-three players for Team USA, as voted on by the eight team's coaches. Decker was also named to the Media All-Star Team, after leading the U.S. and tying for most goals in the tournament with six.

Former Badger and Canadian defenseman Meaghan Mikkelson (2007) was also named to the Media All-Star Team. Mikkelson ended the tournament with one goal and three assists, and also recorded a +10 plus/minus rating through five games.

Hilary Knight (2012) recorded one-goal and one-assist in the tournament and was second on the U.S. squad with 23 shots on goal, behind Decker's 34 shots. Knight was also named Team USA's player of the game after beating Finland 3-0 in the semifinals.

Meghan Duggan (2011) ended the tournament with one assist and 15 shots on goal.

Current Badger goaltender Alex Rigsby dressed for three games, including the gold medal game, but did not see any action in net.

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USA's Brianna Decker #14 with a goal attempt on Canada's Shannon Szabados #1

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Canada's Courtney Birchard #11 controls the puck with pressure from USA's Hilary Knight #21

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Canada's Shannon Szabados #1 and Meaghan Mikkelson #12 follow a bouncing puck

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Canada's Meaghan Mikkelson #12 jumps on a loose puck in front of USA's Jessie Vetter #31

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USA's Jessie Vetter #31 sprawls to cover the net

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USA's Jessie Vetter #31 pushes away Canada's Hayley Wickenheiser #22

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USA's Jessie Vetter #31 rests after a glove save against Team Canada

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USA's Jessie Vetter #31 follow a bouncing puck with pressure from Canada's Jennifer Wakefield #9

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Canada's Jennifer Wakefield #9 gets set to face off against USA's Hilary Knight #21

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Canada's Shannon Szabados #1 watches a shot by USA's Brianna Decker #14 go off the crossbar

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Canada's Meaghan Mikkelson #12 with a scoring chance against USA's Jessie Vetter #31

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USA's Megan Bozek #9, Amanda Kessel #28, Brianna Decker #14 and Kendall Coyne #26 celebrate after a second period goal

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Team USA celebrates after a 3-2 victory over Team Canada

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IIHF President Rene Fasel present the Championship Trophy to USA's Kacey Bellamy #22, Julie Chu #13 and Meghan Duggan #10

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USA's Hilary Knight #21 and Anne Schlepper #15 celebrating with the Championship Trophy

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Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Megan Bozek and Brianna Decker show off their gold medals

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Jocelyne Lamoureux, Brianna Decker, Megan Bozek and Monique Lamoureux sing the national anthem after a 3-2 victory over Team Canada

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Brianna Decker #14 celebrates with teammates after a 3-2 victory over Team Canada

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Michelle Picard, Kacey Bellamy, Meghan Duggan, Alex Rigsby and Gigi Marvin sing the national anthem after a 3-2 victory over Team Canada

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USA's Jessie Vetter #31 celebrating with her gold medal

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USA's Gigi Marvin #19 and Jessie Vetter #31 celebrating with the Championship Trophy

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Team USA players posing with the 'Hockey Is Ours' rinkboard

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