Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Who Needs the Leafs?

Canada wins gold medal at hockey worlds

Once again, Canada reigns supreme in women's hockey, capturing its ninth world title Tuesday night in Winnipeg.

Kim St. Pierre stood firm and five different players scored goals as Team Canada skated to a 5-1 victory over the United States in the women's world hockey championship before a capacity crowd of 15,000 at the MTS Centre.

The North American rivals have met in all 10 world finals, with Canada winning the first eight in a row before falling 1-0 to the U.S. in a shootout two years ago.

Since then, Canada has captured gold medals at the 2006 Torino Olympics, the Four Nations Cup and at the 2007 worlds.

Jennifer Botterill, Jayna Hefford, Hayley Wickenheiser, Danielle Goyette and Sarah Vaillancourt scored for Canada, which went unbeaten in the week-long tournament.

"I'm just so happy," said Wickenheiser, Team Canada's captain. "We played our best game of the tournament when it counted."