Calgary Oval X-Treme win NWHL final
What a week it's been for Cassie Campbell and Hayley Wickenheiser.
After leading Team Canada to its eighth consecutive women's world hockey title Tuesday, the duo helped the Calgary Oval X-Treme win the National Women's Hockey League championship for the second straight season on Saturday.
Down 3-1 at one point, Calgary battled back and held on for a 6-5 shootout win over the Brampton Thunder at the Centre for Sports and Entertainment in Brampton, Ont.
"That was one of the best hockey games I have ever played," said Campbell, who scored a first-period goal. "To come back from 3-1 down and then Brampton fought back from 5-3 again, hockey just doesn't get any better than that."
Brampton's Kathleen Kauth tied it 5-5 with less than four seconds left in regulation, but a 10-minute sudden-death overtime period didn't settle matters.
Calgary's Kelly Bechard was the only one able to score in the shootout to clinch the victory for the Oval X-Treme.
Goaltender Brittony Chartier, a member of Canada's under-22 team this winter, stopped all shots in the shootout and 35 during regulation and overtime for the victory.
"We went out there and battled hard," Bechard told CBC Sports after the game. "I'm very proud of our team."
Bechard shot first and scored on a nice high, forehand goal that beat the Brampton goalie on the glove side.
"I just found out before we were entering the shootout that I was shooting first," explained Bechard.
"We always work on shootouts in practice and I knew what I was going to do and I just hoped for the best."
Brampton's Jayna Hefford of Kingston, Ont., was named most valuable player.
Canadian team defenceman Colleen Sostorics scored twice and Becky Klein-Swormink and Kaley Hall also scored in the third period.
Hefford, national team associate captain Vicky Sunohara and Lori Dupuis also scored for Brampton. Lisa Herritt allowed one goal in the shootout and made 38 saves in net for Brampton.
"It's a really tough game to have to lose," Sunohara said. "We started out so strong.
"We let it slip towards the end of the second period and the beginning of the third."
Earlier in the week, Wickenheiser scored the game-winning goal against the U.S. in the women's world hockey championship final before a sell-out crowd of 10,506 at the Halifax Metro Centre.