Canada beat the U.S. in Vermont last year to win gold, and the Americans have returned the favour, scoring the only goal of the third period to win back the title with a thrilling 3-2 win.
OTTAWA, Ont. – The U.S. Women’s National Team captured the gold medal at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship with a 3-2 victory over Canada here tonight. Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.) scored the game-winning goal in the third period and Team USA finished with a 4-0-1-0 record to secure its fourth gold medal in the last five world championships and fifth overall in tournament history.
“We played a determined style of hockey tonight,” said Katey Stone, head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team. “We really showed up and played great, and it paid off – I’m extremely proud of our team.”
NOTES: Amanda Kessel was named U.S. Player of the Game … Kessel, Brianna Decker and Jessie Vetter were named the top-three players for Team USA … Decker was named to the media all-star team. She tied for the tournament lead with six goals, while totaling eight points to tie for second along with Kessel … The U.S. was 1-for-6 on the power play, while Canada was 1-for-3 … FASTHockey offered live streaming of all games during the 2013 IIHF Women’s World Championship … All U.S. tournament content can be found at womensworlds.usahockey.com … Members of the U.S. Women’s National Team range in age from 18-31. Lee Stecklein is the youngest player, while Julie Chu is the oldest … Team USA has won four gold medals and 10 silvers in the 14 previous IIHF Women’s World Championships. The U.S. has won four of the last five world championships (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013) … Joining Katey Stone as assistant coaches for the tournament were Hilary Witt and Bobby Jay … Robb Stauber served as the goaltending coach and scout, while Bret Hedican was the video coach.