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MADISON, Wisconsin – Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team punched its ticket to the gold medal game at the 2022 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, downing Finland 2-1 in the semifinals on Sunday.
- Jade Iginla (Lake Country, B.C./RHA Kelowna, CSSHL) opened the scoring with her first international goal 15:04 into the game.
- Madison Chantler (London, Ont./London, OWHA U22 Elite) scored midway through the third period to give Canada a late lead.
- Alexia Aubin (Lévis, Que./Stanstead College, JWHL), Mckenna Van Gelder (Etobicoke, Ont./Etobicoke, OWHA U22 Elite) and Karel Préfontaine (Gatineau, Que./Stanstead College, JWHL) chipped in with one assist each.
- Mari Pietersen (Goodwood, Ont./Etobicoke, OWHA U22 Elite) made nine saves.
- Canada outshot Finland 45-10.
Following the game, Jocelyn Amos (Ailsa Craig, Ont./London, OWHA U22 Elite), Sarah MacEachern (Cornwall, P.E.I./Etobicoke, OWHA U22 Elite) and Sara Swiderski (Langley, B.C./RHA Kelowna, CSSHL) were named Team Canada’s three best players of the tournament.
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“It has been an extraordinary experience for [the team] off the ice, and we have a very tight-knit group. It has taken a little longer than we might have expected, but we are starting to come together as a team on the ice. I think we are getting better every game and hopefully tomorrow will be our best game of the tournament, which is what we were shooting for.”
- Head coach Howie Draper (Edmonton, Alta./University of Alberta, CW) on his team’s progression through the tournament
“[My goal] started in the defensive zone. We had a good breakout pass to get going and my linemates worked hard in the corner to get me the puck. It feels great [to advance to the gold medal game]. We worked through our adversity and now we are all here as a group for a shot at a gold medal.”
- Iginla on scoring her first international goal and playing for a gold medal
“We had good defensive zone coverage and then [Karel Préfontaine] popped [the puck] over to me off the boards and I took the chance to drive by their defence, take a shot and it went in. I am so proud of this team. We would not have been able to [get to the gold medal game] if we did not all work together. The energy is pretty high in the locker room.”
- Chantler on putting her team ahead in the third and earning a spot in the gold medal game
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