2016 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship

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2016 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship
Game #4
Final
January 8, 2016 7:30 pm EST
Meridian Centre
St. Catharines, Ont.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
2
3
0
5
0
2
0
2

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
7
9
4
20
4
8
6
18

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 3
8
0 / 4
6

Game Story

CANADA OPENS U18 WOMEN’S WORLDS WITH WIN

WENDY GRAVES

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. –Sophie Shirley (Saskatoon, Sask./Notre Dame, JWHL) led the way with two goals and an assist as Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team opened its 2016 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship schedule with a 5-2 win over Russia Friday night.

Ashton Bell (Deloraine, Man./Westman, MFMHL), Emma Maltais (Burlington, Ont./Oakville, PWHL) and Daryl Watts (Toronto, Ont./Mississauga, PWHL) also scored for Canada.

Codie Cross (Airdrie, Alta./Warner School, JWHL), Kristin O’Neill (Oakville, Ont./Stoney Creek, PWHL) and Amy Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C./Pursuit of Excellence, CSSHL) were credited with assists.

Stephanie Neatby (Toronto, Ont./Toronto, PWHL) made 16 saves to pick up the win.

After defeating Sweden on Wednesday afternoon in a pre-competition game, head coach Lisa Haley (Westville, N.S./Ryerson, OUA) said she wanted her team to play faster. Heeding the coach’s message – and perhaps inspired by a near full house at the Meridian Centre – the team had an extra gear against Russia.

Canada controlled play throughout the opening 20 minutes and was rewarded for its offensive risks just past the midway point of the first period, when Shirley redirected a centering pass from Cross on the fly.

Bell doubled the team’s lead only 2:37 later. O’Neill sent a centering pass out front to her linemate, who punched it in from the low slot.

Russia briefly cut the deficit in half early in the second period. Fanuza Kadirova broke in from the face-off circle and tucked the puck around Neatby blocker side.

Shirley restored Canada’s two-goal lead three minutes later, when 24 seconds into the power play the puck went off a Russian defender and in.

Malais broke free behind two defenders and went top corner stick side to make it 4-1 only 2:35 later.

After surrendering four goals on only 13 shots, Valeriya Tarakanova was replaced in the Russian net by Valeriya Merkusheva.

Canada continued to roll, though, with Watts stationed at the side of the net to redirect Shirley’s pass from the high slot with five to play in the second.

Russia cut the deficit back down to three before the period was over, with Elizaveta Zenchenko left alone in front to score only 12 seconds after Canada had killed a penalty.

Canada continues preliminary play on Saturday, when it takes on the Czech Republic at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Anna Klimkina
Tripping minor (2:00)
05:19
GOAL
Goal: Sophie Shirley

Assists: Codie Cross
10:27
GOAL
Goal: Ashton Bell

Assists: Kristin O’Neill
13:04
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Fanuza Kadirova

Assists: Daria Beloglazova
03:21
PENALTY
Penalty: Nina Pirogova
(auto) Body Checking minor (2:00)
06:15
GOAL
Goal: Sophie Shirley (power play)

Assists: Amy Potomak
06:39
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Valeriya Merkusheva

09:13
GOAL
Goal: Emma Maltais

09:14
PENALTY
Penalty: Olivia Knowles
(auto) Hooking minor (2:00)
10:12
PENALTY
Penalty: Nina Pirogova
(auto) Elbowing minor (2:00)
12:21
GOAL
Goal: Daryl Watts

Assists: Sophie Shirley
15:01
PENALTY
Penalty: Julia Edgar
(auto) Interference minor (2:00)
15:17
GOAL
Goal: Elizaveta Zenchenko

Assists: Yekaterina Likhachyova
17:29
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Kayla Friesen
(auto) Body Checking minor (2:00)
13:40
PENALTY
Penalty: Olivia Knowles
(auto) Cross-Checking minor (2:00)
17:35

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Stephanie Neatby CAN 60 18 16 2 0.889
Valeriya Tarakanova RUS 29 8 5 3 0.625
Valeriya Merkusheva RUS 30 12 10 2 0.833

Game Leaders

Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1

Previous Games

2 - 3 L vs. United StatesUSA
Jan 15, 2016
1 - 2 L @ SwedenSWE
Jan 15, 2016
4 - 0 W @ RussiaRUS
Jan 14, 2016
0 - 4 L vs. CanadaCAN
Jan 14, 2016
1 - 4 L vs. United StatesUSA
Jan 11, 2016
3 - 0 W @ FinlandFIN
Jan 12, 2016
Videos
Photos
TELUS: REG 6 – STR 3 (Bronze Medal)
Miller and Woods had three points apiece to lead the Pat Canadians over the Bisons for bronze.
TELUS: TOR - CHA (Gold Medal)
Bonsteel scored twice and Ewing made 35 saves, leading the Young Nationals to their first TELUS Cup title.
TELUS: TOR 3 – REG 1 (Semifinal)
Regan got the winner seven minutes into the third period to send the Young Nationals to the final.
TELUS: CHA 7 – STR 1 (Semifinal)
The Grenadiers scored the game’s final seven goals to beat the Bisons and return to the gold medal game.
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