MINNEAPOLIS -- All seven current and former Gopher women's hockey players competing at the 2015 IIHF Women's World Championship last week brought home medals, including gold medalists Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Lee Stecklein and Anne Schleper competing for Team USA.
Along with the world champion Team USA Gophers, three other former Gophers participated in the tournament. Kelly Terry and Sarah Davis came away with silver medals with Team Canada, and Mira Jalosuo won bronze with her native Finland. The U.S. defeated Canada, 7-5, in the championship game, and Finland defeated Russia, 4-1, in the third-place game.
Schleper finished the tournament tied for the scoring lead among defensemen with a total of seven points (1g-6a). Brandt (3g-2a), Stecklein (4a) and Cameranesi (3a) all posted multiple points in the tournament as well. Terry, Davis and Jalosuo did not record points.
Gold Medal Game: United States 7, Canada 5
The U.S. edged out Canada, 7-5, in a high-scoring gold-medal game. The first period ended with the U.S. leading by a score of 4-2. A pair of Gophers teamed up on the fourth U.S. goal as Schleper scored off assists from Cameranesi and Monique Lamoureux. Brandt and Cameranesi set up Haley Skarupa for Team USA's fifth goal, which made it 5-2 midway through the second period, but Canada responded with three goals to tie the game at 5-5 heading into the third period. The U.S. added two more goals in the third period to secure its fourth gold medal in the last five world championships with a 7-5 win.
Bronze Medal Game: Finland 4, Russia 1
Mira Jalosuo and Finland clinched the bronze medal game with a 4-1 win over Russia. Finland scored two goals in the first period before putting up another one goal in the second period to take a strong 3-0 lead. Russia scored early in the third to come within two, but Finland sealed the victory with an empty-net goal with just 12 seconds remaining.
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