Bailey Bram and Jocelyne Larocque are Manitoba's newest golden girls.

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Bailey Bram and Jocelyne Larocque are Manitoba's newest golden girls.

Bram, Larocque and Canada's national team won the 2012 IIHF World Women's Hockey Championship with a 5-4 overtime win over the USA Saturday in Burlington, Vt.

Bailey Bram

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Bailey Bram

It was Canada's first gold since 2007 when the gold-medal game was held in Winnipeg at the MTS Centre. That team included forward Jennifer Botterill and goaltender Sami Jo Small of Winnipeg and defenceman Delaney Collins of Pilot Mound.

"Getting the chance to wear the Maple Leaf is special enough anytime, but to beat the U.S. in the U.S. and to win gold in my first-ever worlds with the senior team, it is the best feeling ever," said Bram, who recently completed her senior year with NCAA Division I Mercyhurst University in Erie, Penn.

Larocque, a Team Canada member last year when the Canadians lost 3-2 in overtime to the USA in the final, said payback was sweet.

Jocelyne Larocque

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Jocelyne Larocque

"The Americans had won three worlds in a row, so to put an end to that streak in the U.S. was an incredible experience," Larocque said. "To play for our country is such an honour and we are so privileged to be part of a program like Hockey Canada's that demands the excellence that we demand of ourselves."

Having both grown up in Ste. Anne, it's not surprising that Bram and Larocque have known each other all their lives.

"I've looked up to her (Larocque). She played hockey on my older brother's team, my mom used to babysit her when we were really young," Bram said. "To win this with her by my side was really something special."

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Team Canada, including Manitobans Bailey Bram (inset left) and Jocelyn Larocque (inset right) celebrate gold Saturday.

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Paul Chiasson / the canadian press Team Canada, including Manitobans Bailey Bram (inset left) and Jocelyn Larocque (inset right) celebrate gold Saturday.

Larocque said she and Bram have been teammates before, but this time will stand out.

"She's two years younger than me, but she was always so good, we'd be on the same summer hockey teams. They had an outdoor rink at their place so I was always over there," Larocque said. "Bailey just works so hard and that was the biggest thing that earned her a spot on this team. I'm just so proud of her and so excited that we were able to do this together."

Bram wrapped up her university hockey career last month as just the fourth player in Mercyhurst history to record 200 points. After having the best season of her career in 2011-2012 with 68 points (27 goals and 41 assists), Bram's career totals were 87 goals and 114 assists for 201 points.

Larocque, who completed her university career at Minnesota-Duluth in 2010-2011, was named an 2011 NCAA first team all-American and was the NCAA's third-leading scorer among defencemen with 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists) in 32 games.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca