The United States Olympic Committee announced today that the 2017 U.S. Women's National Team earned Best of April honors for the Team USA Awards after going 4-1-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) en route to capturing its fourth consecutive IIHF Women's World Championship and seventh in the past eight competitions last month at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. It marked the first time a U.S. Women's National Team has won a world championship on home ice.
The U.S. won gold in thrilling fashion as Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) scored the game-winner with 9:43 left in overtime in a 3-2 victory over Canada. Team USA won all three preliminary-round games against Canada (2-0), Russia (7-0) and Finland (5-3) before earning a 11-0 victory over Germany in the semifinals. Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.), Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) and Nicole Hensley (Lakewood, Colo.) were named the top three U.S. players at the tournament. Decker was also named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and Best Forward after netting 12 points (3-9) in five games.
Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. An internal nominating committee selects five nominees from both the male and female categories, and three from the team category to advance to the voting round. Votes received from NGB representatives and select members of the media account for 50 percent of the final tally, with the other half determined by online fan voting via TeamUSA.org/Awards.
|Date||Opponent||Round||Time (ET)/Result||U.S. Player of Game|
|Fri., March 31||Canada||Preliminary||W, 2-0||Nicole Hensley|
|Sat., April 1||Russia||Preliminary||W, 7-0||Kendall Coyne|
|Mon., April 3||Finland||Preliminary||W, 5-3||Hannah Brandt|
|Thurs., April 6||Germany||Semifinal||W, 11-0||Kendall Coyne|
|Fri., April 7||Canada||Gold-Medal Game||W, 3-2 OT||Kacey Bellamy|