2016-17 National Women's Under-18 Team

2017 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship
Game #5
Prelim.
Final
January 8, 2017 9:30 am EST
PSG Arena
Zlin, CZE

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
2
0
2
1
1
2
4

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
2
6
6
14
15
13
17
45

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 2
4
1 / 2
4

Game Story

POTOMAK SCORES WINNER, CANADA HOLDS OFF RUSSIA AT U18 WORLDS

JASON LA ROSE

ZLIN, Czech Republic – Amy Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C./Pacific, JWHL) broke open a tie game with a power-play goal 5:44 into the third period, and Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team earned its second win in as many days at the 2017 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, beating Russia 4-2 on Sunday.

The Canadians trailed 2-1 in the second period before running off three unanswered goals to improve to an unblemished 7-0 against the Russians all-time at the world championship.

Alexa Vasko (St. Catharines, Ont./Stoney Creek, PWHL), Audrey-Anne Veillette (Drummondville, Que./Stanstead College, CAHS) and Brette Pettet (Kentville, N.S./Shattuck-St. Mary’s, CAHS) scored the other Canadian goals.

Canada controlled the puck through the first 20 minutes, outshooting the Russians 15-2, but could only manage a single goal; Vasko found a loose puck in the crease and shovelled it past goaltender Valeria Merkusheva for a 1-0 lead.

Oxana Bratisheva tied the game just past the four-minute mark of the second period, getting her stick on a point shot from Alina Orlova, and Alyona Starovoitova came down the right wing and snapped a quick shot past Canadian netminder Edith D’Astous-Moreau (Laval, Que./Nepean, PWHL) four minutes after that to put Russia up 2-1.

But the lead would last only 38 seconds; good work behind the Russian net forced a turnover, and Gabrielle David (Drummondville, Que./Limoilou, CEGEP) found Veillette in front for a quick backhand to tie the game.

Canada’s big line of Potomak, Pettet and Sophie Shirley (Saskatoon, Sask./Okanagan Hockey Academy, CSSHL) went to work in the third period, scoring twice.

The game-winner came with the Canadians enjoying a man advantage; after Pettet and Shirley both had whacks at a bouncing puck, Potomak quickly pulled it to her forehand and beat Merkusheva for a 3-2 lead.

Pettet added insurance less than seven minutes later, finding the rebound of a Shirley shot and knocking in a backhand for the 4-2 goal.

Canada finished with a 45-14 advantage in shots on goal; it has outshot its opposition 78-31 through two games.

The tournament takes a day off Monday before the preliminary round comes to a close Tuesday; the Canadians finish their round-robin schedule with a marquee match-up against the United States (9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT).




Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Alexa Vasko

Assists: Maegan Beres
8:25
PENALTY
Penalty: Daryl Watts
Slashing (2:00)
17:32
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Oxana Bratisheva

Assists: Alina Orlova
4:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Alyona Starovoitova
Cross-Checking (2:00)
5:41
GOAL
Goal: Alyona Starovoitova

Assists: Tatyana Shatalova
8:10
GOAL
Goal: Audrey-Anne Veillette

Assists: Gabrielle David
8:48
PENALTY
Penalty: Courtney Vorster
Hooking (2:00)
10:46
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Oxana Bratisheva
High-Sticking (2:00)
4:22
GOAL
Goal: Amy Potomak (power play)

Assists: Sophie Shirley, Brette Pettet
5:44
GOAL
Goal: Brette Pettet

Assists: Sophie Shirley, Amy Potomak
12:29

Goaltender Leaders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Valeria Merkusheva RUS 60 45 41 4 0.911
Édith D’Astous-Moreau CAN 60 14 12 2 0.857

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2

Previous Games

2 - 0 W v SwedenSWE
Jan 14, 2017
1 - 3 L @ United StatesUSA
Jan 14, 2017
0 - 6 L @ United StatesUSA
Jan 13, 2017
6 - 2 W v SwedenSWE
Jan 13, 2017
2 - 0 W v Czech RepublicCZE
Jan 11, 2017
1 - 0 W @ United StatesUSA
Jan 10, 2017
Videos
Photos
2017 NST: Gangneung gold celebrated in Saskatoon
Gangneung gold celebrated in Saskatoon
2017 NWT: Giving back to the community
Canada’s National Women’s Team took time out from its training camp in Fredericton, N.B.
2017 MWC: SWE 2 – CAN 1 (SO) (Gold medal)
Pickard made 40 saves, but Canada settled for silver at the worlds.
2017 MWC: CAN 4 – RUS 2 (Semifinal)
Canada erased a two-goal deficit to advance to the gold medal game.
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