The U.S. claimed its third consecutive title – and sixth in seven years – with an exciting 1-0 overtime victory over rival Canada in the gold-medal game. Team USA outscored its opponents, 23-2, and recorded shutouts in its final three games. The U.S. defeated Canada, 3-1; Finland, 2-1; and Russia twice, 8-0 in the preliminary round and 9-0 in the semifinal en route to the gold-medal game.
It marks the second time in the past three years that the United States took the world title on Canada’s home ice, having won the 2013 gold in Ottawa, Ontario.
“Both goalies played played outstanding,” said U.S. coach Ken Klee. “Both teams had some unbelievable chances, and it was an exciting hockey game. Any time we play (Canada), we know it’s going to be a huge game. Last year it was a 12-goal game, and tonight it was just one. Anytime we can get a win, we’re certainly excited.”
The U.S. improved to 3-1 in overtime world championship games.
Both goalkeepers were named players of the game for their respective teams. Rigsby recorded 32 saves, while Maschmeyer turned away 34 shots.
Russia picked up its third world championship bronze medal with a 1-0 shootout win over Finland in the third-place game earlier in the evening.