U.S. women capture world championship with shootout win over Finland

Ice Hockey - 2019 Women's IIHF World Championship - Final - Finland v United States - Espoo, Finland - April 14, 2019. Amanda Kessel of the U.S. scores a goal past goalkeeper Noora Raty of Finland. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS

ESPOO, Finland — Annie Pankowski carried the United States to a 2-1 shootout win over Finland on Sunday in the title game of the IIHF Women’s World Championship.

Playing on what essentially was their opponent’s home ice in Espoo, Finland, the Americans won their fifth consecutive world championship gold medal. Pankowski gave them a 1-0 lead in the second period before Susanna Tapani notched the equalizer for Finland. That was all the offense the teams could generate through regulation and overtime, setting up a shootout to decide matters.

Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Dani Cameranesi of the U.S. and Nelli Laitinen of Finland in action. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Team USA poses with their gold medals during the medal ceremony. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Finnish head coach Pasi Mustonen and players look dejected. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. The U.S. team celebrates during the medal ceremony. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. The U.S. team poses with their gold medals during the medal ceremony. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. The U.S. team celebrates during the medal ceremony. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. The U.S. team listens to their national anthem during the medal ceremony. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Annie Pankowski of the U.S. scores a shootout goal past goalkeeper Noora Raty of Finland. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Amanda Kessel of the U.S. scores a goal past goalkeeper Noora Raty of Finland. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Goalkeeper Noora Raty followed by Noora Tulus of Finland congratulates to the U.S. players. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Captain Jenni Hiirikoski followed by Venla Hovi of Finland congratulates to the U.S. players. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Finnish head coach Pasi Mustonen and players look dejected. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. The U.S. players celebrate the victory. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. The U.S. players celebrate the victory. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Finnish players wait for the referee’s decision. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Goalkeeper Alex Rigsby of the U.S. lies on the ice beside Petra Nieminen of Finland. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Finnish players celebrate. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Michelle Karvinen and Noora Raty of Finland in action with Annie Pankowski of the U.S. . Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Goalkeeper Noora Raty of Finland makes a save beside Kelly Pannek of the U.S. . Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Susanna Tapani of Finland and Megan Keller of the U.S. in action. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Brianna Decker of the U.S. and Jenni Hiirikoski of Finland in action. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Kendall Coyne Schofield of the U.S. and Nelli Laitinen of Finland in action. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Finnish players celebrate a goal scored by Susanna Tapani of Finland. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Finnish fans cheer. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Linda Valimaki of Finland and Annie Pankowski of the U.S. in action. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Michelle Karvinen of Finland and Sydney Brodt of the U.S. in action. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Elisa Holopainen of Finland and Brianna Decker of the U.S. in action. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Goalkeeper Noora Raty of Finland makes a save. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. Kelly Pannek of the U.S. and Riikka Sallinen of Finland in action. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
Ice Hockey – 2019 Women’s IIHF World Championship – Final – Finland v United States – Espoo, Finland – April 14, 2019. A spectator waves a Finnish flag. Lehtikuva/Mikko Stig via REUTERS
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