Canada wins back-to-back hockey World Championships

Canada's players pose after winning the women's IIHF World Championship ice hockey gold medal match between USA and Canada in Herning, Denmark, on September 4, 2022. (Photo by Bo Amstrup / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP) / Denmark OUT (Photo by BO AMSTRUP/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

Canada continued its reign over women’s hockey Sunday, downing the United States 2-1 to take home gold at the IIHF Women’s World Championship.

The 2022 Wolds title joins Canada’s gold medals from the 2021 IIHF World Championships and the Tokyo Olympics.

Sunday marked the 20th time in Worlds history where the final featured Team USA vs. Canada, adding another chapter to a bitter rivalry.

Canada came out hot, leading the United States 5-2 in shot attempts in the opening frame, but failed to find the back of the net, keeping the matchup deadlocked heading into the second quarter.

Brianne Jenner broke the tie at the 10:29 mark in the second, scoring a silky goal, assisted by Marie-Philip Poulin and Ella Shelton, to put Canada ahead.

A minute late, Jenner scored again, converting a slap shot on a Canada power play to double her side’s lead.

Down 2-0, the United States had to make a move, and they did so in dwindling seconds of the second frame.

Abby Roque played hero, tapping in a backdoor pass from Amanda Kessel to bring the United States within one of Canada heading into the final frame.

Despite a wave of pressure from Team USA and several close calls, the score line remained in Canada’s favor until the buzzer.

Ann-Renée Desbiens was critical in keeping Canada ahead, making a series of saves to deny quality chances from Lacey Eden, Kendall Coyne Schofield and Hilary Knight to secure the victory for her team.

“Just get something in front of the puck, it doesn’t need to be pretty,” Desbiens said of her last-minute stops.

Despite the United States defeating their rivals 5-2 in the tournament’s group stage, it was Canada who came out victorious when it mattered most.

Sunday’s win earns Canada its third gold medal in 12 months.