Relive every day of the journey from the U.S. Women's National Team's point of view as it pursued its fifth straight gold medal at the IIHF Women's World Championship in April.
The U.S. defeated Finland today in the gold-medal game.
The U.S. defeated Finland, 2-1, in a shootout in the gold-medal game of the of the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship, claiming its fifth consecutive world championship gold medal and the program’s eighth in the last nine tournaments.
With the game tied 1-1 after overtime, the game went to a five-player shootout. Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.) and Annie Pankowski (Laguna Hills, Calif.) scored in the first two rounds of the shootout. The Pankowski goal proved to be the difference as Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) made the final stop to secure gold for the U.S.
“I’m extremely proud of our team tonight for playing their game while emotions were running high, in a loud building and against a team that played us incredibly hard,” said Bob Corkum (Salisbury, Mass.). “It’s been an honor to coach this team and a fantastic experience here in Espoo. We can’t thank the organizing committee enough for the hospitality over the past two weeks.”
Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) made 26 saves. With the win, Rigsby becomes the winningest goaltender for a single Women’s Worlds in the tournament’s history with five wins.
The U.S. finishes the tournament with a perfect record for the fourth consecutive Women’s Worlds dating back to 2015, and its sixth time overall.
For the full recap, click here.
|DATE||OPPONENT/ROUND||LOCATION||TIME (LOCAL/ET)||TELEVISION||U.S. Player of the Game|
|Thu., April 4||Finland
|Espoo, Finland||W, 6-2||NHL Network||Kendall Coyne Schofield|
|Sat., April 6||Canada
|Espoo, Finland||W, 3-2||NHL Network||Dani Cameranesi|
|Sun., April 7||Switzerland
|Espoo, Finland||W, 8-0||NHL Network||Megan Keller|
|Tue., April 9||Russia
|Espoo, Finland||W, 10-0||NHL Network||Lee Stecklein|
|Thu., April 11||Japan
|Espoo, Finland||W, 4-0||NHL Network||Maddie Rooney|
|Sat., April 13||Russia
|Espoo, Finland||W, 8-0||NHL Network||Hilary Knight|
|Sun., April 14||Finland
|Espoo, Finland||W, 2-1 (SO)||NHL Network||Annie Pankowski|