2016 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship

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2016 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship
Game #19
Final
January 14, 2016 7:30 pm EST
Meridian Centre
St. Catharines, Ont.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
1
2
4
0
0
0
0

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
12
17
14
43
1
3
8
12

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 4
4
0 / 2
8

Game Story

BELL SCORES TWO; CANADA ADVANCES TO GOLD MEDAL GAME

WENDY GRAVES

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – Ashton Bell (Deloraine, Man./Westman, MFMHL) scored twice and Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team held Russia to 12 shots in a 4-0 shutout Thursday night to advance to the gold medal game of the 2016 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.

Canada also got goals from Ryleigh Houston (Winnipeg, Man./Balmoral Hall School, JWHL) and Kayla Friesen (Winnipeg, Man./St. Mary’s, CAHS) in a game in which it outshot Russia 43-12 and dictated play throughout.

Emma Maltais (Burlington, Ont./Oakville, PWHL) had a two-point night with a pair of assists.

Édith D’Astous-Moreau (Laval, Que./Stanstead, CAHS) picked up her second shutout in as many starts.

For the ninth straight year, Canada will face the United States for U18 women’s worlds gold.

Canada got on the board first on Thursday when Bell’s one-timer from just outside the face-off circle eluded Valeriya Tarakanova midway through the opening period.

The play was set up moments earlier when Codie Cross (Airdrie, Alta./Warner School, JWHL) intercepted a clearing attempt at the blue line; her ensuing shot was deflected out of play, setting up an offensive zone face-off.

Having already dominated the opening 20 minutes, Canada started the second period with nearly a minute on the five-on-three. With 15 seconds left in the second penalty, Houston swept in a rebound in front of the crease to make it 2-0.

As the second period went on, Canada seemed to be almost playing a game of keep-away, its speed allowing it to get to the puck faster and its crisp passes permitting it long stretches of possession.

Despite Tarakanova proving steady to the Canadian challenge, stopping 27 shots through the first 40 minutes, it was Valeriya Merkusheva starting the third period for Russia.

Only 2:31 into Merkusheva’s tenure, Kristin O’Neill (Oakville, Ont./Stoney Creek, PWHL) forced a turnover down low and sent a pass out front to Bell, who buried her second of the game.

Twenty-five seconds later, Friesen – set up at the bottom of the face-off circle –one-timed a pass from Céline Frappier (Tecumseh, Ont./Toronto, PWHL) to make it 4-0.

With the win Canada improved its all-time record versus Russia to 6-0.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Emma Maltais
(auto) Kneeing minor (2:00)
04:26
GOAL
Goal: Ashton Bell

Assists: Emma Maltais, Codie Cross
09:55
PENALTY
Penalty: Yekaterina Likhachyova
(auto) Hooking minor (2:00)
18:59
PENALTY
Penalty: Alena Novikova
(auto) High-Sticking minor (2:00)
20:00
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Ryleigh Houston (power play)

Assists: Emma Maltais, Lindsay Agnew
01:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Alena Novikova
(auto) Interference minor (2:00)
07:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Tatiana Shatalova
(auto) Hooking minor (2:00)
16:15
3rd Period
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Valeriya Merkusheva

00:00
GOAL
Goal: Ashton Bell

Assists: Kristin O’Neill
02:31
GOAL
Goal: Kayla Friesen

Assists: Céline Frappier
02:56
PENALTY
Penalty: Julia Edgar
Tripping minor (2:00)
08:44

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Édith D’Astous-Moreau CAN 60 12 12 0 1.000
Valeriya Tarakanova RUS 40 29 27 2 0.931
Valeriya Merkusheva RUS 20 14 12 2 0.857

Game Leaders

GA 0 - SVS - 12 - SV% - 1.000
GA 2 - SVS - 27 - SV% - 0.931
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2

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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