Picard Wins Gold, Maschmeyer Silver at IIHF World Championships

Picard Wins Gold, Maschmeyer Silver at IIHF World Championships

Maschmeyer earned the tournament's Best Goaltender award (Harvard Athletics).

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia – Senior co-captains Michelle Picard and Emerance Maschmeyer played in the biggest game of the year on the biggest stage, finishing the IIHF Women's World Championships with a pair of excellent performances. Picard earned gold with Team USA while Maschmeyer claimed silver with Hockey Canada. Additionally, Maschmeyer was hailed as the tournament's Best Goaltender.

The United States picked up a 1-0 victory over Canada in overtime to claim the championship, scoring at 12:30 in the extra period to capture the gold medal. Picard played on the second line for Team USA, helping to shut out Hockey Canada, while Maschmeyer stopped 33 of 34 shots over 72:30 of game action.

Picard appeared in all five games along the blue line for the United States, helping the red, white and blue in allowing only two goals in the tournament. Skating in her fourth world championship, Picard picked up her third gold medal and fourth total medal. The Taunton, Massachusetts native finished the tournament with five shots on goal and Team USA was plus-4 when Picard was on the ice.

Maschmeyer started three games in net, including both games against the United States, making 86 saves over 191 minutes played. The netminder tallied a 1.25 goals-against average and .956 save percentage, and was named the event's Top Goaltender following the tournament's conclusion. The Bruderheim, Alberta native claimed her first World Championships win March 31 with a 6-1 rout of Finland.

The United States also posted a 3-1 victory over Canada to open the tournament, and toppled Finland (2-1) and Russia (8-0; 9-0) en route to the championship. Canada tallied an 8-1 victory over Russia before toppling Finland twice, 6-1 and 5-3.