GAME DAY: Tonight is the second meeting between the U.S. and Canada at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship, taking place at 7:30 p.m. ET at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. Today’s gold-medal game will be televised in the United States on NHL Network and streamed on NHL.com. Follow the updates on Twitter @USAHockey and join the conversation by using the hashtag #WWC2017. Prior to the 2017 IIHF WWC, the last meeting between the two teams at the women’s worlds was on April 4, 2016, in the gold-medal game in Kamloops, British Columbia, as the U.S. defeated Canada in a 1-0 overtime thriller.
CHAMPIONSHIP WORTHY: Including tonight’s contest, The U.S. has played Canada in the gold-medal game 18 times in the event's title game, capturing the event’s top prize now a total of six times (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016), including six of the last seven tournaments.
USA vs. CANADA: In the IIHF Women’s World Championship, Team USA has a 10-3-5-8-0 record (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in 26 games overall against Canada. The teams have played to overtime on eight occasions, three of which resulted in a shootout. Twenty of the 26 games have been decided by two goals or less, while 12 have been one-goal games.
GOING FOR FOUR: The U.S. is looking to win four straight world championships for the first time ever. Canada took gold at the first eight IIHF Women’s World Championships. Ten players on the current roster have been a part of 2013, 2015 and 2016 championship teams, including Kacey Bellamy, Alex Carpenter, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Alex Rigsby and Lee Stecklein.
TOURNAMENT LEADERS: Brianna Decker and Kendall Coyne are tied for the tournament lead with 10 points. Coyne leads all skaters with five goals while Decker is the tournament leader with seven assists. Monique Lamoureux-Morando leads all defensemen with five assists and six points, and also leads all skaters with a plus-nine rating.
LOOKING BACK: Thirteen different players recorded a point, including seven players with three points, as the U.S. Women’s National Team topped Germany, 11-0, in the semifinals of the 2017 IIIHF Women’s World Championship. For a complete recap, click here.
|Date||Opponent||Round||Time (ET)/Result||U.S. Player of Game|
|Fri., March 31||Canada||Preliminary||W, 2-0||Nicole Hensley|
|Sat., April 1||Russia||Preliminary||W, 7-0||Kendall Coyne|
|Mon., April 3||Finland||Preliminary||W, 5-3||Hannah Brandt|
|Thurs., April 6||Germany||Semifinal||W, 11-0||Kendall Coyne|
|Fri., April 7||Canada||Gold-Medal Game||W, 3-2 OT||Kacey Bellamy|