ST. CATHARINES, Ont.
– It wasn’t the outcome it wanted, but as Canada’s National Under-18 Women’s Team stood at the blue-line awaiting the silver-medal presentation,
it linked arms in a final demonstration of the life-long bond built over the last seven days of competition.
The United States’ Natalie Snodgrass scored a third-period goal to send the gold-medal game into overtime, where she netted her second goal of the game to
lift the U.S. to its second consecutive world title. For the second year in a row, Canada was defeated 3-2 in overtime, settling for silver.
“I think overall, we certainly had our opportunities to win the game as well,” said head coach Lisa Haley (Westville, N.S./Ryerson University, OUA). “I
really liked our third period pushback and we had a couple of great chances late [in the game] to be able to get that winning goal. In a game like this,
it’s so close, it’s going to come down to a bounce. We weren’t able to capitalize on our bounces – and that’s the way the game is going to go when there’s
two great opponents that match up so well together.”
Unlike in preliminary-round action
where the U.S. leveraged its power plays to gain the advantage over Team Canada, all five goals scored in the
were scored at even strength. For the Canadian players, the highlights they’ll remember come as much from their off-ice experiences as the on-ice
“It’s always an honour to play for Team Canada obviously, but I think I’m going to take away the whole experience and how to really come together as a team
when it comes to the end,” said Emma Maltais (Burlington, Ont./Oakville, PWHL). “We leaned on each other, and I’m going to take away just the experience –
that’s what’s incredible.”
In the bronze-medal game, Sweden – which finished fifth in the standings after the preliminary round - upset the third-placed Russians in a 2-1 victory
to claim its fifth bronze medal in tournament history.
The 2016 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship was a showcase event for the
future of women’s hockey and was hosted as part of a partnership between Hockey Canada, the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, and the Niagara Sport
Commission. Eight teams took part in the championship – Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
St. Catharines sets new bar for attendance
The event’s single-game attendance record, set in 2012 in the Czech Republic, was broken twice in the first day of competition, and two more times after
that – with the new record set at 5,516 during the gold-medal game. In all, 34,523 fans attended the 2016 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.
“The support in St. Catharines and the Niagara Region has been tremendous. The Meridian Centre and Seymour-Hannah Centre welcomed fans supporting all eight
teams this week,” said Dean McIntosh, senior director of events and properties, Hockey Canada. “It’s a testament to how much the female game has grown and
how exciting these match-ups have been to see us set a new bar for event attendance.”
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team has appeared in every gold medal game at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, winning four gold medals (2010,
2012, 2013, 2014) and five silver (2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016).
For more information on the 2016 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship and Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team, please visit hockeycanada.ca/2016niagara, or follow through social media at facebook.com/hockeycanada, twitter.com/hockeycanada and twitter.com/hc_women.