KAMLOOPS, British Columbia – Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) scored 12:30 into overtime and Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) recorded a 32-save shutout to lead the U.S. Women’s National Team to a 1-0 victory here against Canada at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship.
"It was another great rivalry game between these two teams and I'm so proud of our players and how hard we competed from start to finish," said Ken Klee, head coach of the 2016 U.S. Women’s National Team. "We gave it everything we had against a very strong opponent in what was a terrific showcase for women's hockey."
The U.S. won all five of its games in the tournament and has now captured the gold medal in six of the last seven IIHF Women's World Championships.
Team USA was forced to kill off two 4-on-3 power plays in the overtime session, including one that encompassed the first 1:52 of the extra session and another that lasted two full minutes and ended just :19 short of the midway point of the 20-minute sudden victory overtime period. Rigsby made seven of her 32 saves in overtime. The U.S. got its own chance on the power play at 10:21 of the extra stanza. While unable to convert, it was just :09 after the penalty expired that Carpenter got her stick on a loose puck in the crease and put home the golden goal. The play started after Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (Grand Forks, N.D.) redirected a shot from Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) that trickled past Canadian netminder Emerance Maschmeyer.
Canada outshot the U.S. by a 12-9 count in the opening period. Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) nearly gave Team USA the lead with a slap shot from the blue line on the power play midway through the period but Maschmeyer was equal to the test.
Seven minutes into the second frame, Rigsby made a pad save on an attempt in-close by Laura Fortino to keep Canada off the board. With four minutes left on the clock in the second period, Carpenter and Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.) had a two-on-one rush that was broken up by a Canadian defenseman.
The U.S. successfully killed off a Canadian power play early in the third period and another halfway through the period. And despite five shots on goal on its own power play in the first half of the third period, could not solve Maschmeyer.
Team USA will look to defend its gold medal on home ice when it hosts the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship next April at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.