U.S. 3, Canada 2 | Overtime: U.S. Wins Fourth Straight Women’s Hockey World Championship

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U.S. goalie Nicole Hensley and Canada forward Haley Irwin (21) jostling during the gold medal game. Hensley made 28 saves.

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PLYMOUTH, Mich. — In the nearly 30-year history of the United States women’s ice hockey team, one moment stands out as the high point: winning the gold medal in the 1998 Olympics.

Now the team has another memorable triumph that comes awfully close.

On Friday the American team, playing in front of its home crowd, won the world championship by besting its archrival Canada, 3-2, on an overtime goal that was scored by Hilary Knight and set up by Kendall Coyne using the same blazing speed she used to torment opponents throughout the tournament.

It was the fourth time in a row that the American women have defeated Canada for the world title. But what made this championship so special was that it came after the American players took a stand for gender equity in a sport dominated and governed by men.

Demanding increased stipends and other benefits to help support themselves between Olympics, the American players put their…

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