Canada's National Women's Under-18 Team settles for silver medal
Silver is sixth in 10 years for Canada at IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship
January 15, 2017

ZLIN, Czech Republic – Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team will return home with a silver medal after a 3-1 loss to the United States in the gold-medal game Saturday at the 2017 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.

Daryl Watts (Toronto, Ont./Mississauga, PWHL) pulled Canada even on the power play with just over six minutes left in the third period before the U.S. netted the game-winner with 2:32 to go, and an empty-netter finished the scoring. Between the pipes, Danika Ranger (Uxbridge, Ont./Durham West, PWHL) turned aside 19 of 21 American shots.

“When we were able to tie it up late in the third period, you hope that momentum will carry you through but they quickly rebounded and ultimately that goal ended up costing us,” said Troy Ryan, head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team. “There’s obviously disappointment, but this group came together as a team and every player in that dressing room after the game, all 23 of them, are better athletes and better players by experiencing this together.”

Canada finished the preliminary round with a perfect 3-0 record after defeating the Sweden (5-1), Russia (4-2) and the United States (1-0 in overtime), and it advanced the gold-medal game after a 6-2 semifinal victory over Sweden on Friday.

“I’ve never seen a group more connected than this group. I’m proud of every one of them and proud we all experienced this championship together,” said Team Canada captain, Ashton Bell. “It was a great pace; in the end we didn’t get the bounces we wanted and came up short but we believe we worked until the end and fought hard.”

Canada has now won the silver medal six times at the world championship (2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017) and is an four-time gold-medallist, winning in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.


Players and staff will return to their final destinations on Sunday, Jan. 15 and Monday, Jan. 16. See below for specific flight itineraries for Canada’s players and staff. Information is listed alphabetically by city. Flight information may change without notice, please note that all arrival times are LOCAL time.

Jan. 15, 2016

Halifax, N.S. / AC624 / 11:59 p.m.
Troy Ryan (head coach)

Montreal, Que. / AC428 / 10:49 p.m.
Gabrielle David, Édith D’Astous-Moreau, Audrey-Anne Veillette

Newark, N.J. / LX18 / 8:25 p.m.
Cara Morey (assistant coach)

Saskatoon, Sask. / AC1131 / 11:40 p.m.
Brooke Hobson

Toronto, Ont. / AC877 / 7:35 p.m.
Emma Buckles, Sarah Fillier, Meaghan Hector, Emma Maltais, Brooke McQuigge, Avery Mitchell, Alexa Vasko, Daryl Watts, Shelby Wood

Winnipeg, Man. / AC271 / 10:36 p.m.
Ashton Bell, Corinne Schroeder

Jan. 16, 2016

Abbotsford, B.C. / WJ637 / 1:05 p.m.
Amy Potomak

Burlington, Vt. / DL3670 / 11:54 a.m.
Maegan Beres

Hartford, Conn. / AC8020 / 9:30 a.m.
Amanda Mazzotta (goaltending coach)

Kelowna, B.C. / AC1693 / 11:34 a.m.
Nara Elia, Olivia Knowles, Sophie Shirley

Minneapolis, Minn. / AC7376 / 9:45 a.m.
Brette Pettet, Courtney Vorster

Penticton, B.C. / WJ3281 / 2:25 p.m.
Delaney Collins (assistant coach)

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