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Canada Defeats USA to Win Gold at Women's Hockey World Championship

Erin WalshSeptember 4, 2022

NICOLAS TUCAT/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images

Canada has had Team USA's number all year in women's hockey, and that didn't change in Sunday's IIHF Women's World Championship final.

Backed by a tremendous performance in goal by Ann-Renee Desbiens and a two-goal game by Brianne Jenner, Canada defeated the United States 2-1 to capture the gold medal.

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The final score from the final gameโ—๐Ÿ˜<br>๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ <a href="https://twitter.com/HockeyCanada?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HockeyCanada</a> take the gold medal๐Ÿฅ‡<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WomensWorlds?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WomensWorlds</a> <a href="https://t.co/FsuZq65jBF">pic.twitter.com/FsuZq65jBF</a>

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The moment you were all waiting for...๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ<a href="https://twitter.com/HockeyCanada?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HockeyCanada</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WomensWorlds?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WomensWorlds</a> <a href="https://t.co/Tq3gOAQIp3">pic.twitter.com/Tq3gOAQIp3</a>

Jenner, who was named MVP of the Winter Olympics, opened the scoring midway through the second period with a shot that slipped past American goaltender Nicole Hensley, who appeared a bit off balance in the crease.

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Start things off with a snipe! ๐Ÿšจ<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WomensWorlds?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WomensWorlds</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/briannejenner?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@briannejenner</a> <a href="https://t.co/WKOMASJVyY">pic.twitter.com/WKOMASJVyY</a>

Jenner notched her second of the night, on the power play, with a shot that beat Hensley on the far side to give Canada a 2-0 lead.

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.<a href="https://twitter.com/briannejenner?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@briannejenner</a> goes upstairs to extend ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ's lead to โœŒ๏ธ. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WomensWorlds?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WomensWorlds</a> <a href="https://t.co/HGEFsPZ6Cx">pic.twitter.com/HGEFsPZ6Cx</a>

The Americans struck back just before the end of the second period when Amanda Kessel set up Abby Roque for a cross-crease goal, cutting Canada's lead in half and giving the United States some hope entering the third period.

With a secondary assist on Roque's goal, Kendall Coyne Schofield became Team USA's all-time assists leader at women's worlds, breaking the record Brianna Decker set at last year's tournament.

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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธGOAL 1 FOR <a href="https://twitter.com/usahockey?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@usahockey</a> โ—<br>Abby Roque gets the building roque-ing๐Ÿ”Š<br>๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ1-2๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WomensWorlds?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WomensWorlds</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USACAN?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#USACAN</a> <a href="https://t.co/kr7ufwNlZS">pic.twitter.com/kr7ufwNlZS</a>

However, it was too little, too late as Desbiens was simply too tough for the Americans to beat in the Canadian crease. She stopped 20 of 21 shots in a stellar outing.

This marks the third time the Canadian women's hockey team has taken home a gold medal over the last year. It won the 2021 world championship with a 3-2 overtime victory over the United States and also defeated the Americans 3-2 in the gold-medal game in February's Beijing Olympics.

The United States entered Sunday's final having not lost a game in this year's world championship, including a 5-2 win over Canada in the preliminary round.

The two teams will meet again in the 2022-23 rivalry series on Sunday, Nov. 20, at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. Additional games in the series have yet to be announced.

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