PLYMOUTH, Mich. – A total of seven current and former North Dakota women's hockey student athletes medaled at the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship, highlighted by a fourth-consecutive gold-medal finish by Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando with Team USA.
The gold-medal win by the United States capped off an undefeated performance at the tournament by the Americans, as they used an 3-2 overtime decision against Canada to claim their fourth-straight world championship.
Lamoureux-Morando led all defensemen at the tournament in scoring, recording six points from one goal and five assists through five games. Lamoureux-Davidson finished eighth on Team USA in scoring with four goals.
Senior defenseman Halli Krzyzaniak took silver in her third Women's World Championship with Team Canada. The Neepawa, Manitoba native recorded one assist in her team's 8-0 defeat over Russia during the preliminary round.
Four North Dakota women's hockey student-athletes helped Finland to a bronze medal at the tournament. Susanna Tapani led the Finns in scoring with three goals and six assists. Michelle Karvinen, playing in her seventh world championship, finished tied for second among Finnish scoring with one goal and four assists. Sophomore Anna Kilponen recorded one assist from the blue line, while freshman Emma Nuutinen played in all six games for the Finns despite recording a point.
Finland used an 8-0 score to defeat Germany in the bronze-medal game. Despite the loss, the fourth-place finish was a tournament best for Team Germany. The tournament marked the sixth overall World Championship for former defenseman Tanja Eisenschmid.
North Dakota's ninth representative at the tournament, former defenseman Johanna Fallman played in her sixth world championship with Team Sweden. The Swedes ended up taking sixth at the tournament after losing the fifth-place game, 4-3, to Russia. However, Fallman led Team Sweden in scoring with four goals.
Three of UND's nine skaters at the tournament were named one of their team's best players, as selected by the coaches: Johanna Fallman for Sweden and Susanna Tapani and Michelle Karvinen for Finland. Additionally, Lamoureux-Morando was named to the Media All-Star Team.