FÜSSEN, Germany – For the ninth time in 11 years, Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Development Team has won the gold medal at the Meco Cup, defeating Russia 8-3 in Sunday’s (Jan.6) gold medal game at Füssen Arena.
Canada finished the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record against senior women’s teams, beating host Germany 8-1 on Wednesday (Jan. 2), shutting out Switzerland 4-0 the next day, and blanking Finland 2-0 on Saturday in the preliminary round to advance to the gold medal game.
On Sunday, Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que./McGill University, CIS) opened the scoring at 11:01 in the first, but Russia’s Ekaterina Lebdeva answered just 13 seconds later to tie it up. Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont./Clarkson University, ECAC) restored the Canadian lead at 13:21, but Russia replied again with a goal from Tatiana Burina before Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont./Dartmouth University, ECAC) scored at 19:14 to give Canada the 3-2 edge going into intermission.
Brianne Jenner (Oakville/Cornell University, ECAC) gave Canada the game’s first two-goal lead at 3:11 of the middle frame and Daoust scored her second at 6:31 to make it 5-2 for Canada after 40 minutes. Brigette Lacquette (Waterhen, Man./University of Minnesota Duluth, WCHA) added another at 4:38 in the third, and Burina scored again for Russia at 8:48, but Caroylne Prévost (Sarnia, Ont./Montreal, CWHL) and Sarah Edney (Mississauga/Harvard University, ECAC) capped it off with two empty net goals late in the third.
Christina Kessler (Mississauga/Toronto, CWHL) made 15 saves for the win, and assisted two goals.
Canada’s National Women’s Under-22/Development Team was led by head coach Pierre Alain (Saint-Colomban, Que./Concordia University, CIS), along with assistant coaches Tim Bothwell (Burlington/Alberta, CWHL) and Cassandra Turner (Campbellford, Ont./Quinnipiac University, ECAC). Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Boston University, HE) served as captain, while Laura Fortino (Hamilton/Cornell University, ECAC) and Jenner were alternate captains.
Canada has won gold at the Meco Cup in 2003-8, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
For more information on the Meco Cup and the 2012 National Women’s Under-22/Development Team, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca/nwt.