Canada 2 – United States 3 (Final in Overtime)
CANADA TAKES SILVER AFTER OT LOSS TO AMERICANS
(Courtesy of Hockey Canada)
FÜSSEN, GERMANY – For the second year in a row, Canada will bring home silver from the IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship.
Jessica Wong (Baddeck, NS/Stoney Creek, PWHL) scored the game-tying goal with less than eight minutes to go to force overtime, but the United States took advantage of a power play in the extra period to score a 3-2 win in Saturday’s gold medal game.
The U.S. also won gold in 2008, defeating Canada 5-2 in Calgary, AB.
After back-and-forth action for much of the opening period it was the Americans who hit the board first, as Brooke Ammerman snapped a shot past the blocker of Canadian netminder Roxanne Douville (Beloeil, QC/Edouard-Montpetit, Collégial AA) to send the U.S. to the dressing room up one.
The lead doubled early in the second thank to Taylor Wasylk, who pushed a loose puck past Douville just moments after Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ON/Ottawa, PWHL) had failed to convert on a breakaway.
Canada turned up the offence in the second period, outhooting the Americans 18-9, but it took until the 18:35 mark of the frame for the Canadians to finally hit the scoreboard – Melodie Daoust (Valleyfield, QC/Sélects, Midget AA) chipped the puck over U.S. goaltender Alex Rigsby after a wild scramble in front.
With the lead now at just one Canada kept up the momentum in the third period, and was rewarded when Wong went to the net to convert on the rebound of a Kaleigh Fratkin (Burnaby, BC/Detroit Little Caesars, Midget AAA) shot, completing the comeback and giving the Canadians new life.
Jillian Saulnier (Halifax, NS/Stoney Creek, PWHL) had the best chance to win it in the dying minutes, but could not bury the puck on a late breakaway, sending the game to overtime.
After being outshot 38-25 in regulation time the Americans held a 7-2 advantage in the extra frame, and Kendall Coyne finished it with her tournament-leading eighth goal of the tournament 6:47 into overtime.
Daoust, Wong and Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, QC/Dawson College, Collégial AA) finished as Canada’s top scorers, tying for third in tournament scoring with 12 points apiece. Saige Pacholok (Edmonton, AB/Edmonton, WWHL) finished tied for the lead in scoring among defencemen with eight points.
Hockey Manitoba congratulates Christine Bestland (Brunkild), Breann Frykas (East St. Paul), Brigette Lacquette (Mallard), and Brittany Phillips (Lauder) for their remarkable accomplishments.