PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Canada’s National Women’s Team will cross the border with a silver medal after a 3-2 overtime loss to the United States in the gold-medal game on Friday at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship.
Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont.) put Canada ahead just over a minute into the first period before the U.S. netted the equalizer at 4:34 into the frame. Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) answered the United States’ second goal finding the back of the net midway through the third to send it to overtime.
The Americans were lifted to victory after Hilary Knight potted the game-winner just over 10 minutes into extra time. Between the pipes, Shannon Szabados (Edmonton, Alta./Ft. Saskatchewan, CHL) turned aside 37 of 40 shots.
“This definitely wasn’t the outcome we wanted, it was one great game and it could have gone either way at any moment,” said head coach Laura Schuler. “We definitely had our chances tonight and it’s important for us to hold our heads high.”
Canada finished the preliminary round with 1-2-0 record after falling to the United States (2-0), Finland (4-3) and besting Russia (8-0). It advanced the gold-medal game after a 4-0 semifinal victory over Finland on Thursday.
“This one hurts for sure, it’s tough but it’s motivation for us,” said captain Marie-Philip Poulin. “This was a better game for us, looking back to the start of the tournament we went through a lot of adversity and I’m really happy with the way we came out and stuck together.”
The Canadian contingent has now won the silver medal eight times at the world championship (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017). Canada’s National Women’s Team has appeared in every world championship gold-medal game, winning 10 gold medals (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2012).