U.S. Women’s National Ball Hockey Team Defeats Canada 3-2
Will play winner of Slovakia/Czech Republic for gold medal on Saturday
Pardubice, Czech Republic – Becky Dobson (Oreland, PA) scored with 34 seconds left in regulation to lift the U.S. Women’s National Ball Hockey Team to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Canada at the ISBHF World Senior and Women’s Ball Hockey Championships. The U.S. will face the winner of Slovakia-Czech Republic for the gold medal on Saturday at 5:30 am EST. It marks the first time the U.S. has played for the ISBHF Championship.
The U.S. trailed for most of the game 1-0 until 21 seconds into the third period on the power play. Cherie Stewart (Lake Forest, CA) fired a slapshot from the point and Kelly Foley (South Boston, MA) buried the rebound to tie the game at one. Julia Bronson (Arlington, VA) earned the first assist on Foley’s second goal of the tournament.
Later in the period, the U.S. again trailed, but Foley’s centering pass went off Taylor Steadman (Hartford, VT) and past the goalie. Steadman credited with her fourth goal of the tournament. She now leads the team with six points (four goals, two assists).
With under a minute left in regulation, Lindsay Wilde (Billerica, MA) kept the ball onside and had her shot deflected right to Tiffany Pfundt (Flushing, MI). Pfundt set-up Dobson, the U.S. player of the game, in the right circle for the one-timer to give the U.S. the dramatic come-from-behind win.
Carli Bekkering (Purple Springs, AB) earned the win with 28 saves on 30 shots and was masterful in net. In the second period, she made a highlight-reel save as she slid across the crease to rob Canada’s high-powered offense.
The U.S. has never medaled at the ISBHF World Senior and Women’s Ball Hockey Championship and will now leave Pardubice with either a silver or gold medal.