April 5, 2016
MINNEAPOLIS – Four current and former Gophers represented their respective countries at the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Kamloops, British Columbia this week. Lee Stecklein and Megan Bozek ('13) earned gold medals with the U.S. Women's National Team while alum Sarah Davis ('14) took home silver with Canada. Mira Jalosuo ('13) finished fourth with her native Finland.
The four Gophers saw significant playing time and combined for nine points (1g-8a). Megan Bozek recorded four points (1g-3a) in four games played, and Stecklein picked up two assists with seven shots on goal in five games played. Jalosuo was one of seven Finnish skaters to record at least three points with three assists in six games. Meanwhile, Davis tallied three shots on goal in four games for Canada.
After finishing as the top two seeds in the preliminary round, the U.S. and Canada secured byes into the semifinal round. Meanwhile, Finland, Sweden, Russia, and the Czech Republic faced off to advance to the semifinals.
Quarterfinal Round: Finland 5, Czech Republic 0
Finland topped the Czech Republic by a score of 5-0 to move on to the semifinal round against Canada. After a scoreless first period, Finland struck three times in the middle frame with Jalosuo picking up an assist on the second goal. In the third period, Finland scored two power-play goals, completing the 5-0 victory.
Quarterfinal Round: Russia 4, Sweden 1
Russia scored just 3:40 into the game, but Sweden tied the game at 1-1 less than three minutes later with a power-play goal. Russia regained the lead at 2-1 midway through the first period before adding a power-play tally in the second period and an empty-net goal in the final 15 seconds to seal the 4-1 win and move on to a semifinal meeting with the United States.
Semifinal Round: United States 9, Russia 0
The United States advanced to the gold medal game with a 9-0 semifinal win over Russia. Gophers Megan Bozek (1g-2a) and Lee Stecklein (1a) both posted points during the game. The U.S. opened the game strong, scoring five goals in the first period. Bozek scored the third goal of the period, as well as assisting on two others. The U.S. did not slow down in the second period, netting three more goals and making it 8-0 after the middle frame. In the third period, Hilary Knight’s goal assisted by Stecklein made it a 9-0 win.
Semifinal Round: Canada 5, Finland 3
Canada defeated Finland by a score of 5-3, securing its place in the gold medal game. After falling behind 1-0 early in the game, Canada scored a power-play goal to make it 1-1 going into the first intermission. The game remained tied until late in the second period, when Canada took its first lead of the game at 2-1. Early in the third period, Canada scored shorthanded to take a 3-1 lead. Both teams scored two more goals apiece in the third period, but a shorthanded, empty-net goal clinched the victory for Canada.
Bronze Medal: Russia 1, Finland 0 (Shootout)
Russia took home the bronze medal with a 1-0 shootout win over Finland. Russia scored on two of its shootout chances while Finland was shut out. The shootout victory earned Russia the bronze medal, its third Women's Worlds bronze medal (2001, 2013, and 2016).
Gold Medal: United States 1, Canada 0 (OT)
After a close game against rival Canada, the United States won the gold medal with an overtime victory. No goals were scored during regulation, and it took 12 minutes of overtime before the U.S. could solve Canadian netminder Emerance Maschmeyer. Alex Carpenter scored the game-winner assisted by Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Bozek. The overtime victory secured the United States’ seventh victory in the last nine tournaments.
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