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Nicole Hensley and Team USA bring home silver at IIHF World Championships

By Drew Cove, SportsEngine, 09/01/21, 10:00AM MDT

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Nicole Hensley started in the gold medal match and secured two shutouts over the course of the World Championships.

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Nicole Hensley, a Lakewood, Colo. native, made waves the past two weeks as she helped backstop the U.S. Women's National Team at the IIHF Women’s World Championships in Calgary, Alberta. From Aug. 20-31, she played in five of the team’s seven games, including a start in the gold medal match against Canada.

Hensley's most intense action game in that gold medal game. Team USA lost 3-2 in overtime to take home silver, but Hensley had incredible moments throughout the game

She made 29 saves, including the shot captured above. She made four other appearances throughout the tournament that included two complete-game shutouts against Finland. She appeared in relief for the final period in a U.S. rout of Japan and also against Canada in a 5-1 loss. She made six saves on seven shots in her 32 minutes of relief in the first matchup against the Canadians.

Hensley has appeared for Team USA at the World Championships prior to this year's tournament. She was a member of the team in both 2016 and 2017, where she helped the U.S. win gold in 2016. She went even further in 2018 at the PyeongChang Olympics to help Team USA win a gold medal. 

With the appearance on this roster, she still remains in the USWNT Residency Program with a chance to appear for the team in the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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