MONTREAL, QUEBEC — Canada's National Women's Team captured the 1999 3 Nations Cup on Sunday, with a 3-2 shootout victory over the USA.
Canada has now won the 3 Nations Cup three times in the four years the tournament has existed.
Angela James, of North York, ON, and Jayna Hefford, of Kingston, ON, both scored on US goaltender Sarah Tueting during the shootout, while Canada netminder Kim St-Pierre, of Châteauguay, QC, stopped all four shooters she faced to give Canada the win.
Canada was undefeated during the round robin portion of the event, including a 5-4 overtime victory over USA.
The win was particularly meaningful to veteran James, who announced to her teammates prior to the game that she would be retiring at the conclusion of the tournament.
"I've had a great time playing hockey and a great career," said James. "There just comes a time when you want to move on to other things and that time has come for me. It certainly was a great way to end it."
Canada opened the scoring at the 1:37 mark of the 1st period, as Therese Brisson, of Montreal, QC scored from the point. The United States evened the score at 10:57, as Karin Bye found the net on a US powerplay.
The US took a 2-1 lead in the 2nd period on Brandy Fisher's goal at 8:13. Canada stormed the USA net for an equalizer and finally tied the score at 2-2 as Tammy Lee Shewchuk scored her first goal of the tournament. A scoreless 10-minute overtime set the stage for James' and Hefford's heroics.
Goaltender St-Pierre was named Player of the Game for Canada as she stopped 33 of the 35 shots she faced as well as all four shots she faced in the shootout. USA netminder Tueting was named the USA Player of the Game.
"This is a great result for the team, especially after playing a tough game against Finland last night," said Melody Davidson, Head Coach of the National Women's Team. "At the same time, we got to evaluate the players in a number of situations as we build towards the World Championship."