For the first time in the history of the Women’s World Hockey Championship, Team Canada entered the championship final going into Saturday night as the heavy underdog.
Well Team Canada not only made things interesting against an American team that thumped them 9-2 just a week before, but beat Team USA in their backyard by a score of 5-4 at the Gutterson Field House in Burlington, Vermont.
Hayley Wickenheiser set the tone early in this one with a shorthanded goal to give Canada the early lead.
However what I will remember most of this game was the spectacular goaltending by Edmonton’s own Shannon Szabados, who was on the cover of Alberta’s Prospect Magazine for their special Olympic issue prior to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Szabados might have shutout the Americans 2-0 in the Olympic Gold medal final, but one could argue she had to make significantly more quality saves tonight, in a game where Team USA outshot Team Canada 44-39.