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canadian women's national team looking dissappointed during the award ceremony after losing to the usa on sunday
Evan Mitsui | CBC

Canada’s Women’s Hockey Team Suffers Heartbreaking Loss to US in World Championships

Canadians couldn't hold the lead, and the US won after losing the last three gold medal games against Canada

With their third straight women’s world hockey gold in sight, Canada’s national team fought tooth and nail against the USA on Sunday. However, the team walked away heartbroken after a 6-3 loss.

After losing the last three gold medal meetings against Canada, the Americans had a score to settle. This includes the previous two world championships and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.

But the win wouldn’t come easy. Canada was still riding a high after a 5-1 win over Switzerland on Saturday. Not to mention, Canada was at home in Brampton, Ontario.

“It’s hard to beat Canada. It’s hard to beat Canada in Canada, right? So we definitely felt like an underdog…People are always rooting against us, but somehow we persevere, and it feels sweeter that way,” Hilary Knight told ESPN.

During Sunday’s match, the USA showed us its conviction. Marie-Philip Poulin opened the game with a goal, putting Canada ahead 1-0. But with just under two minutes left in the first period, the USA’s Abbey Murphy evened the score.

Canada’s Brianne Jenner secured two goals in the second period, but Knight responded with her own goal for the Americans. The score was 3-2, but holding the lead proved challenging for Canada.

At the start of the third period, a shot from American defender Caroline Harvey brought the score to 3-3. In the same period, Jenner and Claire Thompson found themselves in the penalty box for tripping and delay of game, respectively.

The Americans capitalized on their five-on-three advantage, with Knight putting two shots in the back of the net in 27 seconds. This earned Knight the hat trick and put the score at 5-3.

When asked if the five-on-three advantage played a part in Canada’s loss, Canada head coach Troy Ryan said, “Without a doubt…At that point of the game, it’s difficult to go down by two and obviously, the US capitalized.”

With 1:58 remaining, an empty-netter from Cayla Barnes added insult to injury and brought the game to a 6-3 close. At this point, once filled with Canadian cheer, the stands had fallen silent.

“We gotta figure out a way to hold those leads. Unfortunately, the way it finished there, but we’re not looking to skirt any blame, and we gotta figure out how we can be better,” commented Jenner.

Knight finished the tournament with eight goals and 12 points overall. She also earned her ninth tournament gold medal and now shares the record set by Canada’s Danielle Goyette.

Scoring half of the team’s goals, I guess you could say Hilary Knight was a knight in shining armour on Sunday.

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