DMITROV, RUS –
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team overcame the lows of a slow start
to rebound with three strong games to close the 2018 IIHF U18 Women’s World
Championship with a bronze medal.
The Canadians faced the host Russian team in the bronze-medal game
following a 4-3 shootout loss to the United States in Friday’s semifinal.
Russia had previously edged Canada 3-2 in the tournament-opener; the
Canadians went on to defeat Sweden before falling to the United States in
preliminary-round action, putting the red-and-white in a position of
playing in the quarter-final, where the team defeated the Czech Republic
Canada’s performances improved with every game, and the team held a 3-1
lead against the U.S. in Friday’s semifinal until it was forced to rely on
its penalty-kill for much of the third period and overtime, creating an
opportunity for the United States to push the game to a shootout.
Similarly, Saturday’s bronze-medal game saw dominant play from the
Canadians, who scored all five goals – including three on the power play
and one short-handed – before Russia was able to get one past Madelyn
McArthur (St. Catharines, Ont./Oakville, PWHL) at the 9:01 mark of the
“This week speaks to the growth of women’s hockey,” said Delaney Collins,
head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team, of the
history-making results by teams like Russia as well as Sweden, who finished
with silver following a loss to the United States in the gold-medal game.
“This event was first-class, the fans were fantastic and proud – we can’t
say enough about the entire event. We’re happy we won today, but we also
want to congratulate the Russian team on a phenomenal tournament, and on
the development of their program to show that they’re a top team in the
Alexie Guay (Magog, Que./Stanstead College, NAPHA) notched one goal and two
assists for three points in the game and a total seven points in the
tournament, launching her past captain Sarah Fillier (Georgetown,
Ont./Oakville, PWHL) who had previously been Canada’s top point-getter of
the tournament. Guay was named a Media All Star defenceman for the event.
Julia Gosling (London, Ont./London, PWHL), Audrey-Anne Veillette
(Drummondville, Que./Stanstead College, NAPHA), Abygail Moloughney (Nepean,
Ont./Nepean, PWHL), and Courtney Vorster (Richmond, B.C./Shattuck-St.
Mary’s, USHS) all potted one goal each. Full game story and stats are
“We really stuck together. We faced a lot of adversity throughout the
tournament, but it was a great experience playing in front of the crowd and
being here in Dmitrov,” said Fillier following the bronze-medal
presentations. “We didn’t get the colour of medal that we wanted, but it
was a really great experience with our group of girls.”
The Canadian team has won gold four times (2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014),
silver six times (2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2017), and bronze once
(2018) since the event’s inception in 2008.
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