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SportUS beats Finland in shootout for gold after OT controversy

00:41  15 april  2019
00:41  15 april  2019 Source:   ap.org

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Women's World Championship 2019: USA wins gold after controversial OT decision denies Finland Team USA won its fifth straight gold medal at the IIHF Women's World Championship on Sunday, but controversy reigned in the final moments. The Americans were taken to the limit by host country Finland, which had already shocked the hockey world by advancing to the final after upsetting Canada a day earlier. The game was knotted 1-1 through regulation time, meaning overtime would be required. It was in the extra period where things went completely awry, with the Finns seemingly robbed of a winning goal.

You're viewing YouTube in English ( US ). Regulation and overtime weren't enough for the Finland versus Sweden game at the 2016 National Junior Evaluation Camp. Sweden got on the board first and held a 1-0 lead until the last minute of play in the first period when Finland evened the score.

The United States women's hockey team beat Canada in a shootout to win Olympic gold for the first time since 1998. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (17), of the United States , celebrates after winning against Canada in the women’s gold medal hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung

ESPOO, Finland — Alex Rigsby stopped four of five shots in a shootout and the United States beat Finland 2-1 on Sunday night for its fifth consecutive gold medal at the women's world championship.

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The United States celebrates after defeating Canada in a shootout to win Olympic gold in women's hockey. (Jamie Squire). They won, on as pretty a They were all little girls who had older brothers who beat up on them like the Lamoureux twins, or who played on boys’ teams, or whose parents let them

The United States celebrates after defeating Canada in a shootout at the PyeongChang 2018 Early Thursday morning, the U . S . women’s ice hockey team triumphed as it beat Canada during the shootout in the gold Canada has won the past four Olympic gold medals for women’s ice hockey.

The U.S. won after a questionable goaltender interference review wiped out what would have been a historic overtime goal for the Finns.

Finland celebrated on home ice after Petra Nieminen scored on a rebound 11:33 into overtime, but officials spent more than 10 minutes reviewing the play before disallowing the goal for goalie interference and forcing players to pick up their equipment and resume the game. Fans who chanted "Suomi!" and waved blue and white flags throughout the game and erupted into jubilation after Nieminen appeared to score rained boos down on the Americans when they were given their medals.

"I'm extremely proud of our team tonight for playing their game while emotions were running high, in a loud building and against a team that played us incredibly hard," U.S. coach Bob Corkum said. "It's been an honor to coach this team."

US women score 5 in 3rd, top Finns 6-2 to open hockey worlds

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The United States women's hockey team celebrates after winning the gold medal. AP. More On Gigi Marvin and Amanda Kessel also scored in the shootout , another nail-biter ending four years after Canada won its fourth straight gold medal in Sochi after rallying to stun the Americans in overtime.

Canada defeated the United States for the Olympic gold medal last year in Vancouver, but " We 've lost three here, so we have to figure that out I think going forward, come back better with better Canada has won nine world championships but lost to the U . S . 1-0 in a shootout in 2005, 4-3 in 2008

This was already a first for Finland, which pulled a stunning upset of Canada in the semifinals Saturday behind 43 saves from Noora Raty. The U.S. and Canada had met in each of the previous 28 world championship finals dating to the first in 1990.

Finland was close to winning gold on home ice. Even after Nieminen's goal was disallowed for captain Jenni Hiirikoski making contact with Rigsby just outside the crease, the U.S. had to kill off two Finland power plays in overtime of a thrilling game.

"This is the best Finnish team we've ever seen," said Rigsby, who made 26 saves before the shootout started and then denied Michelle Karvinen, Ronja Savolainen, Nieminen and Susanna Tapani to extend the Americans' gold-medal streak that dates to 2015.

Amanda Kessel and Annie Pankowski scored in the shootout against Raty, the best goaltender in the world, who made 50 saves in regulation and overtime. Pankowski scored the Americans' only goal in regulation in the second period, and Susanna Tapani answered 1:43 later for Finland.

Canada routed Russia 7-0 in the bronze-medal game earlier Sunday.

Controversy aside, this final was reminiscent in entertainment value and ending to the gold-medal game between the U.S. and Canada at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang. That game also went through overtime and into a shootout with Maddie Rooney in goal for the U.S. when it beat Canada for the country's first women's hockey Olympic gold medal since 2002.

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With files from The Canadian Press

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