USA downs Canada, captures Women’s World Championship on OT goal by Alex Carpenter

Jared Clinton
(via TSN.ca/Vimeo)

For the third-consecutive year, Team USA has captured gold at the Women’s World Championship and it was NCAA standout Alex Carpenter who sealed the deal with the championship-winning goal coming on a scrambled play shortly after the midway mark of the first overtime in front out of a sold-out Canadian crowd.

Shortly after a Canadian penalty ended, the Americans worked the puck around the offensive zone before a shot came from the blueline from Megan Bozek. The shot was deflected on the way in, bounced off the post and sat in the crease behind Canadian netminder Emerance Maschmeyer. Carpenter, the first overall pick in the 2015 NWHL draft, knocked the puck home before Maschmeyer could turn to cover the initial shot,.

“The building just got pretty quiet,” Carpenter told the IIHF’s Lucas Aykroyd of the game-winner. “I wasn’t really sure if it went in. But I was right there – I watched myself put it in. I wasn’t sure if [Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson’s] original shot went in. But regardless, it went in and that’s what counted.” Read more

Calgary Inferno win big for first Clarkson Cup in franchise history

Jared Clinton
(via CWHL)

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Hayley Wickenheiser has once again ended up atop the women’s hockey world.

One of the greatest women’s players in the history of the sport, Wickenheiser, 37, further added to her legacy Sunday afternoon as her two assists helped the Calgary Inferno take home their first Clarkson Cup in franchise history with a convincing 8-3 victory over the Montreal Les Canadiennes.

While both Montreal and Calgary made it to the Clarkson Cup final with 2-0 series sweeps of Toronto and Brampton respectively, Les Canadiennes were far more dominating and the clear favorite in the final. In their two wins to get to the final, Montreal scored 12 times and allowed only two goals against, while Calgary needed 4-2 and 4-3 wins over Brampton in order to advance to the final. Read more

NWHL teases potential expansion to Toronto, Montreal following Isobel Cup final

Jared Clinton
(via NWHL/YouTube)

The Boston Pride capped off an outstanding opening season for the NWHL Saturday night with a 3-1 victory and series sweep of the Buffalo Beauts to win the inaugural Isobel Cup. The Pride’s victory wasn’t the only news to come out of the NWHL Saturday, however.

Following the Pride’s post-game celebration, announcement of Brianna Decker as playoff MVP and the trophy presentation, the NWHL’s live video stream of the contest flashed a graphic on screen that gave promise that the off-season could be a big one for the burgeoning women’s league: Read more

Where’s your old hockey gear? It might be in one of Liz Pead’s amazing art installations

Liz Pead. (Photo by Matt Larkin/THN)

Is there a more authentically Canadian human being on Earth than Liz Pead? Doubtful.

On a Friday afternoon in November, you find her playing in a celebrity tournament hosted by Brad May, receiving effortless saucer passes from retired NHL defenseman Dave Ellett. She mixes it up on the blue ice, jawing happily with her opponents, some male, some female, hunting for garbage goals. She’s not the fastest player on the ice, but she has a solid excuse: she’s not usually a forward. She’s a goaltender by trade, a student of Sami Jo Small’s school. Oh, and a hockey mom to two children.

While Pead plays, her impeccable work hangs above the glass overlooking the rinks at Oakville’s Sixteen Mile Sports Complex: a giant art installation, as wide as a minivan, depicting Louis Riel and the Church at Batoche in 1885. The church, the blue sky, the trees and the dirt puff out from the canvas – because they are comprised entirely of old hockey equipment. Pead rounds up any used or discarded pieces she can find, many of which come from NHLers, and stitches them into her work. She’s done an extensive Bill Barilko installation. She grew up idolizing the Group of Seven’s Tom Thomson and New York Islanders Hall of Fame goaltender Billy Smith equally. When she acted on stage as a kid, her first big role was ‘Canada Goose.’ Her only line was ‘Honk, honk, honk.’ Someone, please, put her on a stamp right now. She bleeds maple syrup.

So how did an awe-shucks drama nut from New Brunswick become one of her nation’s most innovative artists, whose work pops up in arenas all over the world, who also finds time to stop pucks in tournaments everywhere from Iceland to the Czech Republic?

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Boston Pride win inaugural NWHL Isobel Cup with sweep of Buffalo Beauts

Jared Clinton
The Boston Pride won the inaugural Isobel Cup. (via NWHL/Twitter)

One year after winning the CWHL’s Clarkson Cup, Brianna Decker and Hilary Knight have again led a Boston-based women’s team to a championship. This time, however, it’s the NWHL’s Boston Pride as Knight and Decker’s squad have won the inaugural Isobel Cup.

The Pride opened the series with a thrilling 4-3 overtime win in Game 1 that was capped by a controversial penalty shot game-winner by Hilary Knight in the extra frame, but Boston wasn’t going to let the Buffalo Beauts get close to ruining the series sweep Saturday night.

In a tight-checking game, the Pride took a 1-0 lead on a goal by captain Brianna Decker midway through the first period. Decker was spotted flying up ice by Knight who fed a perfect stretch pass to Decker for a partial breakaway. Decker made no mistake, firing the puck past Beauts goaltender Brianne McLaughlin. She wasn’t done there. Read more

CWHL’s Thunder set to make history by capturing professional game with POV cameras

Jared Clinton
The Brampton Thunder will wear UHWK Show cameras Sunday (via ChizComm)

The NHL’s partnership with GoPro has provided us with some incredible first-person footage of some of the world’s best players showing off their skills, but we’ve yet to see the cameras used in live game action. Thanks to another wearable tech company, though, the CWHL’s Brampton Thunder will be the first team in professional hockey history to wear helmet-mounted cameras during live play.

For their season finale this Sunday, Feb. 21, several Thunder players will be taking the ice wearing UHWK Show, a helmet-mounted POV camera that will capture in-game footage. The Thunder, currently in third place in the CWHL, will wear the cameras for their contest against the second-place Calgary Inferno in a game that could potentially have a major impact on playoff seeding.

“Being the first pro team to use UHWK is a privilege,” Thunder coach Tyler Fines said in a release. “It’s a game changer for a lot of players and coaches. You can do a lot with what this product can do; it’s good for players and good for analytics.” Read more

The Hockey News Podcast: Episode 4 — NWHL commissioner Dani Rylan on Hockey & Heels; why the Canadiens need to fire Therrien

Ian Denomme
NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan at the league's first draft lottery. (via NWHL/Vimeo)

Welcome to Episode 4 of The Hockey News Podcast.

This week we’re joined by the commissioner of the National Women’s Hockey League, Dani Rylan, to talk about the somewhat controversial Hockey & Heels promotion put on by the Islanders. We also talk to her about how the NWHL’s inaugural season is going.

Then THN writers Ken Campbell, Ryan Kennedy, Matt Larkin discuss why the Montreal Canadiens need to fire their head coach, and we get into the messy situation with the OHL’s Flint Firebirds. Ken also tells us what his favorite Cheap Trick song is.

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[Music: Metz — Headache]

Denna Laing joins Pride teammates on ice as Boston celebrates ‘Denna Day’

Jared Clinton
Denna Laing (center) with her Boston Pride teammates (via Liz Maxim McDonald/Facebook)

For the first time since her tragic injury, Denna Laing was back out on ice with her Boston Pride teammates to help the club celebrate ‘Denna Day’ on their final home game of the season.

Laing made a special appearance at Sunday’s game between the Pride and Connecticut Whale, and the home crowd was delighted at the sight of Laing, 24, out on the ice with her teammates. Though Laing has remained in touch with fans throughout her recovery process through social media, she hadn’t made a public appearance since suffering the spinal injury that has left her with limited movement in her arms and no movement of her legs.

Before the game began, Laing joined her Pride teammates at center ice for a team photo and she even took to the crease pre-game with teammates to help rally the troops before the game. Read more