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Nicole Hensley and Team USA finish second at IIHF Womens' Worlds

By SportsEngine staff, 09/19/22, 2:15PM MDT


The goaltender and Colorado native finished among the top players of the 2022 tournament.

IIHF Women's World Championship logo courtesy of IIHF

Team USA recently completed the 2022 Women's Worlds Championship in Denmark that was originally scheduled for this past winter.

The Americans, along with the fellow national power in women's hockey, Team Canada, squared off in the gold medal game. Canada defeated the United States by a narrow 2-1 score for its third consecutive title. The silver medal is not to be scoffed at, either, considering that whenever these continental rivals square off, it's must-see hockey.

Despite falling in the gold medal game, the United States had a tournament to remember, highlighted by some outstanding players, including the team's starting goaltender Nicole Hensley. Hensley, a Lakewood, Colorado native backstopped the United States throughout the tournament en route to winning the tournament's best goalkeeper award. 

Hensley had a 1.08 goals against average in the tournament where she let in only five goals. She also had one shutout in the tournament.

She helped defend the net for a Team USA squad that didn't lost a tournament game until the gold medal game. That streak of four preliminary round games before the quarterfinals, semifinals and final game included a dominant 5-2 victory over Canada in the preliminary round. 

The United States efficiently moved past Hungary in the quarterfinals and Czechia in the semifinals to set the meeting with Canada for the gold medal.

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