Canadian girls World U18 Champions. Bronze medals for Finland

Canadian girls World U18 Champions. Bronze medals for Finland

Henrik Lundqvist13 Jan 2019Henrik Lundqvist»
 

Canada beat USA in overtime in the final of the IIHF World Women U18 Championship in Obihiro, Japan. Finland shut out Russia in the bronze medal game.

 
 
 
 

USA had won the World Women U18 Championship four times in a row but this time it was Canada's turn, even if the battle was very close. Madelyn Wheeler scored the winner on a powerplay at 1:34 of the overtime period. This was her only goal of the tournament.

"I just came off the bench, and with a four-on-three power play, I had a lot of space," Wheeler said to IIHF.com.

All three Canadian goals of the game were scored on power play situations. Danielle Serdachny opened the scoring in th 8th minute. After American goals in the end of the second and beginning of the third period Anne Cherkowski tied it at 51:11.

Finland beat Russia 3-0 in the bronze medal game earlier the same day. Viivi Vainikka and Elli Suoranta scored in the second period and Julia Liikala added an empty-netter just seconds before the end. Erica Jaskari made 25 saves for the shutout.

Finland's Elisa Holopainen added one assist to her record and secured the scoring title. She scored five goals and three assists in six game to finish two points ahead of six other players. Holopainen was also named Best Forward of the tournament.

Alexie Guay of Canada was named Best Defenceman and Saskia Maurer of Switzerland Best Goalkeeper.

Sweden beat Switzerland 2-1 in the game for the 5th place of the tournament.

In the relegation series between the host Japan and Czech Republic Japan lost twice in three game to relegate to Division 1A.

All-Star Team
G  Saskia Maurer
D  Alexie Guay
D  Nelli Laitinen
F  Elisa Holopainen
F  Katelyn Knoll
F  Ilona Markova

MVP:  Raygan Kirk

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