United States – Canada 3-2 (1-0, 1-1, 0-1, 1-0)
FUSSEN, Germany – The United States defended its gold medal at the World Women U18 Championship after defeating Canada, 3-2, in overtime in the final game. It was the second gold for the Americans in the two-year history of the event and also the second silver for the Canadians.
Kendall Coyne was the overtime hero for the Americans putting in the championship winning goal 6:47 into the extra time after Megan Bozek fed her a perfect pass for the breakaway strike.
Canada and the U.S. were clearly the superior teams at this year’s championship, out-scoring their opponents 55-2 and 41-2, respectively. So it only seemed fitting that the North American nations wrote another gold medal game chapter in the storied history between its women’s teams.
Both teams started the game strong and composed with no signs of gold medal game jitters. The U.S. was slightly stronger in the period and was able to take the 1-0 edge after Brittany Ammerman put in a late-period goal off a rebound with 1:46 left in the first.
USA extended its lead to two goals 4:48 into the second period when Taylor Wasylk forced the puck in down low. But the Canadians sparked to life after the goal, applying heavy pressure in front of the U.S. net. After several good chances, the Canadians finally got on the board when Melody Daoust forced the puck in through heavy traffic to cut the lead in half.
Both teams had solid scoring chances in the third period, but Canada struck first in the period when Jessica Wong tied the game at two with just over seven minutes remaining in the game. The tie stuck through the end of regulation, sending the game into overtime.
The U.S. spent much of the overtime in the Canadian zone, but it wasn’t until they got on the power play that they were able to get the game-winner. Canada called a timeout at the start of the power play, which was just moments before the game-winning goal was scored.
The game was a rematch of last year’s golden game, which the U.S. won 5-2. In fact all of today’s medal or placement games were repeats from last year’s inaugural women U18 event, with all of the results - except the gold medal game - being reversed from 2008.
Final WW18 Standings:
1. United States
4. Czech Republic
Best Goaltender: Alex Rigsby, USA
Best Defenseman: Alev Kelter, USA
Best Forward: Amanda Kessel, USA