Canada beat Team USA 2-1 in Sunday’s IIHF women’s world championship final in Denmark, as hockey’s biggest rivalry added another thrilling chapter.

Goalkeeper Ann-Renee Desbiens made 19 saves in the win, including several in the final moments of the third period, while striker Brianne Jenner scored twice in 1:24 during the second period.

“Sometimes you have to squeak at the end and rely on the goalkeeper and blocked shots. We found a way to finish it,” Jenner said after the game.

Canada now has 12 women’s world gold medals and nine from America. Neither the US nor Canada have won gold in the women’s world every tournament since the event began in 1990. They have met each other in every final of the tournament except for 2019, when the US beat Finland for gold.

Team USA have won eight of the last 10 meetings with Canada in the world and have won gold in five of the last six tournaments. Canada have now won back-to-back IIHF world championship gold, to go along with their gold medal win over America at the Beijing Olympics earlier this year.

Sunday’s game had a goalless first period and an unusual number of shots between teams. But Team Canada bounced back in the second round thanks to Jenner, who became MVP at the Beijing Olympics. Jenner collected a pass from team-mate Marie-Philip Poulin and beat US goalkeeper Nicole Hensley at 9:30 second period to take a 1-0 lead.

The Americans gave Canada more momentum when Hannah Brandt went up just 26 seconds later. Jenner scored his second goal in the next power game to give Canada a 2-0 lead. But the US scored a critical goal with 21 seconds remaining in the second half, as Abby Roque latched onto Amanda Kessel’s perfect cross in a power game.

United pushed through in the third period, including a frantic final two minutes with Hensley withdrawn. But Desbiens made a big save while Poulin had a critical shot blocked late in the game to hold on to the win.

The defeat was Team USA’s first at the 2022 world championships, having gone unbeaten in the preliminary round (beating four of their opponents 30-3, including a 5-2 win over Canada) and the playoffs.

By Blanca

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