U.S. edges Canada to reclaim women's hockey gold
Amanda Kessel scores 3rd-period winner for Americans
Amanda Kessel scored the winner early in the third period Tuesday as the United States beat Canada 3-2 in the gold-medal game of the women's world hockey championship in Ottawa.
The brother of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel moved in on a 2-on-1 and roofed a shot over Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados at 3:09 of the third.
Brianna Decker and Megan Bozek had the other goals for the U.S., which got two assists from Kendall Coyne.
Courtney Birchard and Caroline Ouellette scored for Canada. Marie-Philip Poulin added a pair of assists.
U.S. goalie Jessie Vetter made 14 saves for the win, while Canada's Shannon Szabados stopped 27 shots in the loss.
Canada, which beat the U.S. 3-2 in a shootout in round-robin play, defeated the Americans 5-4 in overtime in last year's final in Burlington, Vt. The U.S. and Canada have met in every final since the tournament's inception in 1990. Canada holds a 10-5 lead in gold medals, but the U.S. has won five of the last seven tournaments.
Russia blanked Finland 2-0 to win the bronze medal earlier Tuesday.
Russia takes bronze
Anna Shibanova scored the winning goal in Russia's 2-0 win over Finland in the bronze-medal game of the women's world hockey championship Tuesday in Ottawa.
It was just the second world women's championship medal for Russia after winning bronze in 2001.
Shibanova scored a power-play goal at 4:11 of the third period. Alexandra Vafina added an empty-net goal with 15 seconds remaining.
Russia's goaltender Nadezhda Alexandrova made 32 saves for the shutout
Finland's Noora Raty, an NCAA star with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, stopped 15 of 16 shots.
Canada faced the United States for gold later.