Two weeks ago, it didn't look as if the U.S. would even field a team at the IIHF Women's World Championship. Their labor dispute resolved, they stand as world champions tonight.
Hilary Knight scored the winner with 9:43 remaining in overtime to give the United States a 3-2 win over Canada Friday night at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.
"I was just trying to make a D-zone play, found Kendall, and she dished it back to me and it found the net," Knight told NHL Network.
The gold was the fourth consecutive for the U.S. team in this tournament and eighth time championship in the last 10 IIHF Women's World Championships. All 10 finals have pitted the United States against Canada – this win, however was sweet as its the first time the U.S. has captured gold on home ice.
Here's Cleveland native Kelli Stack receiving her gold medal:
The United States finished the tournament with a 5–0 record, outscoring opponents 28-5 on the way to the championship. Two of those wins came against the Canadians, including a 2-0 win in the opening round of the tournament.