Greater Sudbury hockey stars Rebecca Johnston and Tessa Bonhomme have another gold medal to hang in their collections.
The two women, who also won gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics with Canada's women's hockey team, were part of Team Canada, once again, at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, where the squad won the gold medal, defeating the United States 5-4 in overtime on Saturday.
It is the 10th time Canada has won the gold medal at the tournament (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2012), and its first since 2007 in Winnipeg, Man. Canada and the United States have met in all 14 world championship gold-medal games since the tournament’s inception. Canada has also claimed four silver medals (2005, 2008, 2009 and 2011).
Saturday’s gold medal game went to overtime, with Canada scoring less than two minutes into the extra frame.
In preliminary action, Canada finished second in Pool A with a 2-1 record, suffering a 9-2 loss to the United States, before defeating Finland 3-2 and Russia 14-1. Canada defeated Finland 5-1 in semifinal action on Friday.
Canada’s National Women’s Team includes 16 returnees from the Canadian contingent that claimed silver at the 2011 IIHF World Women’s Championship in Winterthur and Zurich, Switzerland, last April and 13 players who won a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.
Posted by Laurel Myers