Poulin scores tournament winner as Canada wins women's hockey worlds

The overtime goal made world champions out of UMD defenseman Ashton Bell and alumna Jocelyne Larocque.

Larocque file
Jocelyne Larocque (3) of Minnesota Duluth, left, is pictured in a 2010 game. Larocque had two assists for Canada in the championship of the IIHF Women's World Championship on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 in Calgary, Alberta, including a secondary assist on Marie-Philip Poulin's game-winner in overtime. 2010 file / News Tribune

Marie-Phillip Poulin buried a 2-on-1 at 7:22 of overtime to complete Canada's comeback from 2-0 down, defeating the United States 3-2 on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2021 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, for their first championship in the tournament since 2012.

The victory means Minnesota Duluth defenseman Ashton Bell and alumna Jocelyne Larocque earned world championship gold medals.

Larocque had the secondary assist on Poulin's game-winner, and the primary assist on the tying goal, which came at 6:42 of the second period. USA's Alex Carpenter scored twice in the first period to give her team a 2-0 lead and put Canada behind for the first time since the opening period of the tournament.

Poulin's game-winner went in off the post and play continued for several seconds until it could be confirmed that the goal was legal.

Larocque played 29:15, longer than any other player on either team. Bell saw action for 7:46.


Larocque, who played at UMD from 2007-11, finished with four assists in seven tournament games. Bell scored Canada's opener in a 7-0 quarterfinal rout of Germany and added two assists in the tournament.

UMD alum Lara Stalder (2013-17) scored Switzerland's only goal in a 3-1 loss to Finland in the tournament's bronze medal game earlier on Tuesday. She had an assist earlier in the tournament.

Katerina Mrazova (2013-18) had a goal and three assists for the Czech Republic, which finished seventh overall. The Czechs finished on top of Group B, but lost 1-0 to Finland in the quarterfinals.

Two of Mrazova's assists came vs. Germany but not against UMD alumna Jenny Harss. Harss (2009-12) made 62 saves in four appearances for Germany, which was classified eighth. Current UMD player Nina Jobst-Smith had an assist.

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