Canada earns 11th gold medal in 14 years at annual tournament

Canadas National Womens Development Team

FÜSSEN, Germany – For the 11th time in 14 years, Canada’s National Women’s Development Team has won the gold medal at the Nations Cup, besting Finland 4-3 in overtime in Thursday’s gold-medal game at BLZ Arena.

Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont./Brampton, CWHL) netted the game-winner for Team Canada just 48 seconds into overtime, in addition to her previous goal and assist in the game. Rebecca Kohler (St. Thomas, Ont./University of North Dakota, WCHA) and Victoria Bach (Milton, Ont./Boston University, HE) also potted goals in the victory.

Amanda Leveille (Kingston, Ont./University of Minnesota, WCHA) earned the win between the pipes, turning away 22 of 25 shots.

“It was amazing, Finland played unbelievable tonight and I thought we did a pretty good job of weathering a lot of storms because we took a lot of penalties and did a good job on the penalty kill,” said Rattray. “It feels good to beat a team like that, they worked hard and played a good game so to come back and stick with it and finish it in the end was a great feeling.”

Canada finished the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record after defeating Sweden (2-1 in a shootout) and Russia (4-2) in the preliminary round to book its spot in the gold-medal game.

The Nations Cup, formerly known as the Air Canada Cup, MLP Cup and Meco Cup, brought together Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and teams from Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland for a four-day international tournament.

Canada is now an 11-time gold-medallist at the tournament, winning gold in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016. It was silver-medallist at the 2009 MLP Cup, and won the bronze medal at the 2012 Meco Cup.

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