Bendus wins gold for Canada in Vermont 0
BURLINGTON, Vt. (STAFF)-- Wasaga Beach native Vicki Bendus and the Canadian national team won gold on Satu rd ay at the women's world hockey championship.
The Canadians skated to a 5-4 overtime victory over the United States at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
It was Canada's 10th gold medal at the worlds, and its first since 2007 in Winnipeg.
Canada and the United States have met in all 14 world championship gold-medal games since the tournament's inception.
In Saturday's gold-medal game, Caroline Ouellette scored less than two minutes into the extra frame on a pass out front from Meghan Agosta.
Canadian captain Hayley Wickenheiser opened the scoring on a shorthanded breakaway at 7:52 in the first.
After the U.S. tied it up later in the period, alternate captain Jayna Hefford regained the lead and Ouellette added another a minute and a half later to make it 3-1. Following an American comeback that included three power-play goals, Agosta tied it in the last three minutes of the game, sending it to overtime.
Goaltender Shannon Szabados made 40 saves in the victory.
Bendus finished the tourney with one assist in four games.