Captain Marie-Philip Poulin scored in overtime and Canada defeated the United States 3-2 in the Women’s World Championship final on Tuesday.
Canada had not won world gold since 2012. It was excluded from the gold match for the first time in its history during the last edition in 2019, when it was satisfied with the bronze.
The United States had therefore won the last five editions of the tournament, as well as the most recent edition of the Olympic Games, in 2018 in Pyeongchang.
This time Canada came from behind, erasing a two-goal deficit before seeing Poulin score the game-winning goal with a perfect shot at 7:22 of extra period.
Poulin’s shot hit the crossbar and the post before barely crossing the goal lines and out of the goal. The referee did not signal the goal, although Poulin was convinced she had scored.
Moments later, the siren sounded, as off-ice officials stopped play to allow the referees to review play and confirm the goal. As soon as the siren sounded, Canada’s players jumped out onto the ice to celebrate.
Brianne Jenner and Jamie Lee Rattray also hit the target for Canada. Ann-Renée Desbiens turned away 22 shots.
Alex Carpenter had given the lead to the United States with two goals in the first period. Nicole Hensley made 23 saves.
Earlier on Tuesday, Finland won bronze, beating Switzerland 3-1.
The 2020 edition of the Women’s World Hockey Championship has been canceled due to the COViD-19 pandemic. It was then scheduled to take place in May in Halifax, but it was eventually moved to Calgary in August.