Canada beats U.S. in OT, wins gold at women’s hockey worlds

UTICA, N.Y. — Danielle Serdachny converted a rebound for a power-play goal, and Canada beat the United States 6-5 in overtime Sunday in the women’s world hockey championship gold medal game.

Canada won its tournament-leading 13th gold medal and did so on U.S. soil in central New York, a year after the Americans won their 10th tournament outside of Toronto.

Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice, Julia Gosling also scored, while Erin Ambrose and Emily Clark had shots bank into the net off U.S. defenseman Caroline Harvey.

Canada goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens finished with 19 saves, including kicking out her left skate to stop Harvey’s wrap-around attempt 2:40 into the overtime.

Harvey and Laila Edwards had a goal and assist for the Americans who finished the tournament 6-1. Hilary Knight, Megan Keller and Alex Carpenter also scored for the U.S.

Serdachny’s goal came 5:16 into overtime and with just 2 seconds remaining in a too-many-players penalty issued to the U.S. Erin Ambrose’s shot from the left circle was stopped by Aerin Frankel, before Serdachny swept the loose puck into the net.

Frankel, who set the single tournament record with four shutouts, finished with 24 saves.

Next year’s world championships will be played at Ceske Budejovice in the Czech Republic, the first time the nation has hosted the tournament. Play will be begin on April 8 and run through April 20.

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