Canada wins women's hockey title - again

Posted: Wednesday, April 07, 2004

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - Canada won its eighth women's world hockey championship Tuesday night, beating the United States 2-0 in a game featuring two players from Alaska - goalie Pam Dreyer of Chugiak and defenseman Kerry Weiland of Palmer.

Hayley Wickenheiser and Delaney Collins scored for Canada, which has beaten the United States in all eight finals since the tournament began in 1990. Canada has lost only one game in tournament history, falling 3-1 to the Americans on Saturday.

"This has been an unbelievable experience," Canadian captain Cassie Campbell said. "Our eighth championship in a row, how sweet does that sound?

"This started way back in 1990, the tradition, the passion that we play with. I tell you, everyone in that dressing room was a leader today. We did little things, we didn't make big plays, fancy things, we did the little things and that's why we're on top."

Kim St. Pierre made 24 saves for Canada.

Wickenheiser opened the scoring at 4:17 of the second period, taking a drop pass from Danielle Goyette and beating Dreyer with a high shot.

Collins made it 2-0 less than two minutes into the third period. Dreyer failed to freeze a slow-moving shot from Dana Antal, and Collins shoveled the puck between Dreyer's pads.

The Americans were upset about an apparent missed goal on a power play with about five minutes left.

Natalie Darwitz fired a shot that television replays showed hit the supports behind the crossbar and bounced out of the goal. But televised replays aren't allowable in international play and it didn't count.

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