This is Part 2 of an informal series we are doing this summer about officials in women's ice hockey. Part 1, on how the pro leagues are expanding opportunities for officials, is here.
The 2017 IIHF Women's World Championships will forever be remembered in tandem with the stand that the US Women's National Team took -- and won -- in demanding equal treatment from USA Hockey.
But beyond the headlines (which all but wrote themselves), there was a lot to learn about each
United States 3, Canada 2 -- Gold Medal Game
After achieving a landmark victory off the ice just two days before the tournament started, the United States Women's National Team made history on the ice, winning their first ever Women's World Championship on home soil.
They did so in dramatic
United States 11, Germany 0
The Americans put on a dominating performance Thursday night, limiting the Germans to just eight shots and controlling the entire ice. Ten different players scored goals, including three defenders. Through four games, fourteen Americans had scored goals, lending credence to coach Robb Stauber's claims that
Folks who stayed home or didn't tune in on Tuesday because Team USA and Team Canada weren't playing missed out on quite a day in this tournament. That there's so much to talk about on what many considered a down day speaks volumes about the depth of this field.
USA 5, Finland 3
Too many penalties kept the Finns from established a rhythm and gave Team USA way too many opportunities on Monday evening.
The Americans are the only team to sweep their opening round games, but Finland took advantage of some lapses, especially on the defensive end. Captain
Finland 4, Canada 3
The Finns beat Canada for the first time at the World Championship Saturday night, and we may be able to look back at this as a turning point in Finnish hockey. They certainly seemed to be ushering in a new era, as both players and coach
Finland goaltender Noora Räty raised concerns and complaints about the goals and pegs used on the secondary rink on Friday. She compared the pegs used to those one might see in a beer league and had some strong post-game language about the situation.
It's fricking bullshit that we