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Canada Three-Peats, Wins Another Women’s World Championship

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Canada Three-Peats, Wins Another Women’s World Championship

You’ve likely heard it before, and heard it recently, but Canada is golden once again.

Sure, the IIHF’s summer world juniors were only a few weeks ago, but this time, the gold medal belongs to the very best female hockey players representing the nation of Canada.

And rightly so.

On Sunday, Team Canada made it three-straight gold medals, beating arch-rival United States 2-1 at the IIHF Women’s World Championship on two goals from star forward Brianne Jenner and a spectacular goaltending performance from Ann-Renee Desbiens.

Both Hilary Knight and Jincy Dunne hit crossbars for USA, while a late-game power play, and a six-on-five empty-net man advantage had Canada on its toes, but Desbiens slammed the door on all American attacks, taking home the gold for the third-straight time over Team USA (2021 Women’s Worlds in August, and Beijing Olympics in February).

Canada scored both its goals in the second period, to which both also came off the stick of Jenner.

First, she took a pass from captain Marie-Philip Poulin and cut towards the net before tucking the puck past Nicole Hensley 9:30 into the frame. And then 1:24 later, Jenner scored her second of the game and third of the tournament on a rocket shot while on the power play.

“I saw a lot of traffic, and I saw that part of the net open. It happened in a split second, it was just a quick reaction,” Jenner said post-game. “I think our best two games were probably the last two games that we played, and that’s what you want to do in a tournament. It wasn’t smooth, it looked a lot different than our Olympics win and our last World Championship win, but I think we’re really reassured that even when things aren’t smooth, we can find different ways to win, and we battled it out tonight.”

The only other goal of the game also game late in the period, with Amanda Kessel setting up Abby Roque for an easy tap-in, bringing the score to 2-1 with just 21 seconds left to play before the third period.

That third period was laced with American chances, but Desbiens shut the door, giving Canada the championship title win.

“I think as a group, we came out and found a different way to win the championship,” Poulin said of her team’s efforts. “We’re all aware we weren’t producing the numbers at the Olympics, but tonight we did it by blocking shots, killing penalties, the power play. We had to find other ways to win, and Ann-Renee made a couple of saves to get the win.”

With the win, Canada will remain as the No. 1 ranked nation within the IIHF’s women’s world rankings, while USA has cemented second place. Finland is No. 3, while Switzerland is No. 4. Russia, Czechia, Japan and Sweden round out the rankings.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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