By Carter Brooks
Photo by Mikko Stig
The 2019 IIHF Women's World Championship came to a close Sunday afternoon in Espoo, Finland.
Although the gold medal game did not feature the Canadians, it did hold plenty of excitement and controversy. The Canadian Women's Team lost a heartbreaker to Finland on Saturday morning, shutting them out of gold medal contention, and setting the stage for a USA-Finland first-place game, and a Canada-Russia bronze medal showdown.
Much like they had done all tournament long, the Canadians came out of the gate firing on Sunday, beating the Russians on seven of the 41 shots placed on net. Russia was only able to put up six shots all game, easily surrendering the bronze medal to Canada 7-0.
Manitobans Brigette Lacquette and Jocelyne Larocque picked up an assist each on Sunday, while finishing the game a combined +4. Lacquette put up four shots on net, while Larocque registered one.
The gold medal game featuring the host Finland and the USA ended with the teams deadlocked at ones, forcing the IIHF tiebreaking procedures into effect. The Finns and Americans headed into sudden death overtime, where team Finland appeared to have scored the game-winning goal. Sticks, helmets and gloves flew into the air, the team, coaches and all those gathered at the rink celebrated, only to have the goal overturned for a questionable goaltender interference call.
The two teams regrouped and continued play in the extra frame, with neither Team Finland or USA finding another goal. As policy, the game entered a shootout, and Americans jumped ahead. The Finns had one final chance to tie the game, but failed to capitalize, giving Team USA their fifth-straight gold medal. On Monday, reports out of Finland indicated that 2.4 out of the 5.5 million residents of Finland tuned in to watch the controversial loss. It was Finland's first-ever appearance in the championship game.