The Women’s World Hockey Championship gold medal game saw some furious action between Canada and the United States, but it would be the latter who would get a goal from Alex Carpenter to win the game and give the Americans the gold medal in a 1-0 affair.

Despite no goals in the first period, the action was tremendous between two teams that typically produce great games. The two rivals, who have made up the finals of the Women’s World Championships every single time it has taken place, play a much more physical game, despite the players being unable to body check.

Jillian Saulnier had perhaps the best chance of the first period, beating Megan Keller with a quick deke around the hash marks, only to lose her strength on the shot. Alex Rigsby was there to make the big save, closing her five-hole just in time to keep the game scoreless with half the first period still to go.

Then, with three minutes left, Megan Agosta also found herself coming rather close. This time, Augusta was able to beat Rigsby with her patience, but she couldn’t find the open cage and instead hit the back boards on the final solid scoring chance of the open frame.

It was clear that, despite a scoreless game after 60 minutes, that this was shaping up to be an instant classic. Typically in the tournament, the games are filled with massive blowouts, including USA’s 9-0 win over Russia to secure a spot in the finals. But Monday was an intense match with no team willing to give up any edges.

The goaltending was unbelievable when needed. Emerance Maschmeyer, a 21-year-old puck stopper from Harvard University, made 23 saves in regulation, including many huge ones on multiple penalty kills by the Canadians near the end of the third period. At the other end, Alex Rigsby was stealing the show for her country, making multiple big saves on Canadian sharpshooters Natalie Spooner and Brianne Jenner to keep the game tied heading into an extra period of play.

With the Americans dominating at every step of the tournament, it was only fitting that they would end up taking home the victory. With 72 minutes of game action completed, Alex Carpenter picked up a loose rebound after power play by the Americans, beating Maschmeyer on a tough goal to give the Americans their third straight win at the Women’s World Hockey Championships.

With the win, USA has now managed to win seven gold medals at the tournament, trailing just Canada by three. The Americans have now beaten Canada for gold at the Youth Olympics and Women’s World Hockey Championships in 2016, with a chance to continue their strong year with the upcoming Under-18’s, World Hockey Championships and Inline World Championships.

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