The U.S. Women’s National Team reclaimed gold at the 2013 Women’s World Championship by defeating the hometown favorite Canada, 3-2. Junior Amanda Kessel netted the game-winning goal early in the third period, and Team USA held on for their fifth tournament title.
"We played a determined style of hockey tonight," said Katey Stone, head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team. "We really showed up and played great, and it paid off - I'm extremely proud of our team."
The Canadians made the first jab as they got on the board at 9:50 in the first period with a slapshot from the top of the right faceoff circle. The 1-0 lead was taken into the intermission, despite the US outshooting Canada 12-8.
In the second stanza, it didn’t take long for Team USA to answer as Wisconsin’s Brianna Decker slipped the puck by the Canadian goaltender just 2:43 into the period.
After an assortment of Canadian penalties, the Americans snagged their first lead of the game during a 5-on-3 power play as senior Megan Bozek blasted a slap shot into the back of the net. The goal was the first of the tournament for Bozek. The Patty Kazmaier Finalist finished the tournament with three points (1g-2a).
Former Gopher Anne Schleper was credited with the first assist on Bozek’s goal.
Canada stormed back to even the score just three minutes later with a power play goal of their own, and the two would head to the locker rooms tied, 2-2.
Just over three minutes into the third period, Kessel led a USA odd-man rush from the right wing. The Patty Kazmaier Award winner carried the puck to the right faceoff circle before sniping a shot over the Canadian goaltender’s shoulder, giving the Americans a 3-2 lead.
Former Gopher Gigi Marvin was credited with the first assist on the game-winning goal.
USA would hold on to the one-goal advantage to reclaim the Women’s World Championship crown for the fifth time in tournament history.
"I feel like it’s revenge," Kessel stated. "We got beat on our home soil last year. To come into Canada and win the gold medal is unbelievable. We used our speed and worked hard. It gives us great confidence heading to Sochi."
Following the game, Kessel was named USA’s Player of the Game, and she was tagged as one of the top-three American players in the tournament. The forward from Madison, Wis. tied for second in tournament scoring with eight points (2g-6a) and also tied as the tournament leader in assists.
For the second year in a row, Finland lost in the bronze medal game as Russia snuck away with a 2-0 victory.
Russia slipped a puck by senior Noora Raty early in the third period as a Finnish defenseman screened Räty’s vision of the shooter. The puck whizzed by Räty, who was unable to even make a play on the shot, to put the Russians up, 1-0.
The Patty Kazmaier Finalist made 15 saves in the contest and was named to the media all-star team.
Finland garnered a number of power play chances the remainder of the stanza, but they were unable to capitalize and even the score.
The Russians put the game out of reach with 16 seconds to play as they put in an empty netter.