Earlier today, the US Women’s National Team defeated Team Canada 3-2 in overtime to be crowned champions of the Four Nations Cup in Sundsvall, Sweden.
The USA squad included eight members of your Boston Pride and all three goals were scored by Pride players.
In the week-long tournament, Team USA was the only undefeated squad (4-0), and easily handled Finland 7-0 on Saturday to advance to the final.
The championship game was evenly-matched and fast-paced, which is just what you would expect from USA v. Canada. The first period ended scoreless, each team with nine shots on goal, but the goal drought didn’t last long.
Canada was the first to cash in with Natalie Spooner scoring on the power play shortly after the start of the second period.
But Brianna Decker would have none of that.
Just five minutes later, she was left all alone on the power play and let it fly from up top, unassisted.
It's the start of the 3rd period. The USA's lone goal was scored by Brianna Decker. pic.twitter.com/KMiEwHW2wy— NWHL Gifs (@nwhlgifs) November 8, 2015
However, Meghan Agosta answered to give Canada the 2-1 lead before the end of the second period.
Once again, Decker wasn’t happy about that. Assisted by Pride teammate Hilary Knight, she tied it up again to open the third period.
Brianna Decker gets her second goal of the game, assisted by Hilary Knight. USA 2 CAN 2 #4NationsCup pic.twitter.com/xa76hpbkzz— NWHL Gifs (@nwhlgifs) November 8, 2015
Although both teams racked up 10 shots on goal, the score remained 2-2 as the clock ran out to send the game into overtime. Of course.
Only seconds into the four-on-four, Kelli Stack of the Connecticut Whale delivered a long cross-ice pass Knight, who beat Canadian goalie Emerance Maschmeyer on her glove side for the game- and tournament-winner.
You know you want to watch that celly on repeat.
USA 3 - CAN 2 USA wins gold at the #4NationsCup, Hilary Knight wins best celly. pic.twitter.com/rUU1PoPIoS— NWHL Gifs (@nwhlgifs) November 8, 2015
USA! USA! USA!
November 8, 2015
Today’s victory marked Team USA’s sixth time winning the Four Nations Cup and the first time they've won it since 2012. Decker was named player of the game and Stack was player of the tournament, racking up eight points on two goals and six assists.
After the two-week break, the NWHL returns to action this Sunday, with the Pride traveling to Brooklyn to take on the Riveters (bring on the Imperial March goal song). That means that the home opener is just two weeks away! Make sure to grab your tickets for what is sure to be an exciting game between the league’s two undefeated teams, the Pride and the Whale.