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Canada edges U.S. in overtime for women’s hockey world title

Danielle Serdachny scored the golden goal on an overtime power play as Canada beat the U.S. 6-5 in the women’s hockey world championship final in Utica, New York, on Sunday.

Serdachny scored 5 minutes, 16 seconds, into the extra period as Canada reclaimed the world title after the U.S. won in 2023. Serdachny’s goal came with one second left on a power play after the U.S. got called for too many skaters on the ice.

In regulation, the teams traded goals within three minutes of each other in every period and on four occasions total.

It marked the highest-scoring game between the rivals since the U.S. beat Canada 7-5 in the 2015 World Championship final.

Between the Olympics and worlds, 11 of the last 13 finals between the U.S. and Canada have been decided by one goal with eight of those 13 going to overtime.

Canada and the U.S. combined to win every world title since the tournament’s inception in 1990 — 13 titles for Canada (including the first eight) and 10 for the U.S.

American Laila Edwards, 20, became the youngest non-goalie to ever be named world championship MVP. In November, Edwards became the first Black woman to play for the senior national team.

Edwards and teammate Alex Carpenter shared the tournament lead with six goals each. Both players scored once in the final.

Also Sunday, Canadian legend Marie-Philip Poulin scored her first two goals of the tournament. American legend Hilary Knight scored her record-extending 65th career world championship goal.