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Five Whitecaps traveled to Kamloops, British Columbia, joining their respective national teams to compete in the Women's World Championship tournament from March 28-April 4, 2016.
Alex Rigsby, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Monique Lamoureux, and Jessie Vetter represented the United States, while Mira Jalosuo competed with Team Finland. In four out of five games played by the Americans, it was a Whitecap who was named the U.S. Player of the Game.
Finland went 2-4 during the competition. They beat Russia (5-3), before losing to the U.S. (2-1) and Canada (6-1) during the preliminary round. In the quarterfinals, Jalosuo and her teammates beat the Czech Republic 5-0, setting up a date with Canada in the semifinals. In an exciting and very close contest, Finland fell to the Canadians 5-3. Then in a nail biter, Russia squeaked by the Finns in the bronze medal game, winning 1-0 in a shootout. For the tournament, Jalosuo finished sixth in defenseman scoring with 3 assists.
Team USA came home with their third consecutive gold medal, and the four Whitecaps were very instrumental in that first place finish. The Americans started strong in the preliminary round with a 3-1 win over Canada. Alex Rigsby made 22 saves and gave up her only goal of the tournament, which was on a Canadian power play. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson had an assist and sister Monique Lamoureux notched two assists of her own for the game, including one on the game-winning goal by Brianna Decker.
Next up for the Team USA was Finland. Lamoureux-Davidson scored the winner and was named the U.S. Player of the game in a 2-1 victory. Jessie Vetter got the victory in goal for the Americans.
Russia was the final opponent of the preliminary round, and the Americans took care of business with an 8-0 win. Lamoureux scored two goals and was named the U.S. Player of the Game. Sister Jocelyne collected two assists on the day.
In the semifinals, the Americans faced Russia again, and this time the score was 9-0. Rigsby was back in net, making 17 saves in the shutout, and each of the Lamoureuxs recorded three points. Monique had three assists, while Jocelyne notched two goals and an assist. For her efforts, Jocelyne was again named the U.S. Player of the Game.
That set up the showdown with Team Canada for the world championship title, which was broadcast live on the NHL Network. It was an action-packed game, even though there was no scoring during regulation. At 7:30 of the twenty minute 4v4 overtime period, Alex Carpenter from Team USA was able to poke in a rebound to give the Americans the win. Lamoureux-Davidson made the original deflection off a Megan Bozek shot before Carpenter scored. Rigsby was stellar in net, making 32 saves and shutting out a very talented Team Canada. Rigsby was named the U.S. Player of the Game for her impressive efforts.
Rigsby finished with two shutouts, a .31 goals against average, and a .986 save percentage on 71 of 72 shots. Lamoureux recorded seven points on two goals and five assists, while Lamoureux-Davidson had three goals and five assists, for eight points overall. Vetter finished with a record of 1-0, after beating Team Finland.
Additional tournament game information and statistics can be found at http://www.worldwomen2016.com.
Photo credit: Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP