CALGARY, AB – Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team has advanced to the medal round of 2008 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship and will face Sweden in Friday’s semi-final. The USA and the Czech Republic will meet in Friday’s other final four game.
Friday, January 11th
Placement Game Germany vs. Russia 4:00 p.m. MT Norma Bush Arena
Placement Game Switzerland vs. Finland 7:30 p.m. MT Norma Bush Arena
Semi-Final USA vs. Czech Republic 4:15 p.m. MT Father David Bauer Arena
Semi-Final Canada vs. Sweden 7:45 p.m. MT Father David Bauer Arena
Saturday, January 12th
7th Place Game
loser of GER/RUS vs. loser of SUI/FIN 9:00 a.m. MT Norma Bush Arena
5th Place Game
winner of GER/RUS vs. winner of SUI/FIN 12:30 p.m. MT Norma Bush Arena
Bronze Medal Game
loser of USA/CZE vs. loser of CAN/SWE 4:00 p.m. MT Father David Bauer Arena
Gold Medal Game
winner of USA/CZE vs. winner of CAN/SWE 7:30 p.m. MT Father David Bauer Arena
Canada finished first in Pool A with a 3-0 record after topping Finland 17-0 on Wednesday night. Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, QC) had a hat trick and added an assist, while Laura Fortino (Hamilton, ON) and Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, ON) had five points apiece. Eight Canadian players had at least three points, while 17 of the 18 skaters had at least one.
The USA also finished with a perfect mark in Pool B round-robin play, and will face the Czech Republic on Friday. The Czechs got a goal from Alena Polenska with 0.8 seconds remaining to knock off Germany 3-2 and clinch second place in Pool A. Germany and Russia will meet on Friday, as will Switzerland and Finland, and the winners will meet for 5th place on Saturday, while the losers will battle for 7th place.
Both semi-finals, along with Saturday’s bronze medal game and gold medal game, will be available via webcast at www.hockeycanada.ca.
Saturday’s gold medal game is SOLD OUT, and tickets for Friday’s semi-finals and Saturday’s bronze medal game are going fast.
The 2008 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship is the first ever world championship held at the women’s Under-18 level, with eight teams – Canada, the United States, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Russia and the Czech Republic – taking part in the six-day tournament from January 7-12 at Father David Bauer Arena and Norma Bush Arena.