Hilary Knight's OT goal gives Team USA gold over Canada at World Championships


USA TODAY Sports’ A.J. Perez explains the four-year deal that averts a boycott by the U.S. women’s hockey national team for the IIHF World Championships.

PLYMOUTH, Mich. — U.S. women’s hockey players took home both the money and the gold from the IIHF World Championships on Friday.

Ten days after agreeing to a new four-year contract that will allow American women to stay in the sport longer, Hilary Knight scored at 10:17 of overtime to give the Americans a 3-2 win against Canada in the championship game in front of a sold-out crowd at USA Hockey Arena.

Knight started the game-winning play by blocking a shot in the American defensive zone. Taking advantage of a 3-on-2 break, Kendall Coyne set up Knight for the game-winner, a rising shot from the slot.

The U.S. women have now won seven of the past eight World Championships.

It was an emotional win for the American women, who had threatened to boycott the World Championships if they didn’t receive a contract that would change the…

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