IIHF U18 Women’s Worlds: Team USA falls to Canada in gold medal game


Canada edged the United States 3-2 to clinch the title Monday night at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championships.

With the victory, Canada claimed its sixth title and stopped its rival from defending its 2019 title. Canadian goaltender Mari Pietersen stopped 29 shots – including 10 in the final period – to clinch the win.

The game presented a stark turnaround from the meeting between the teams in group play, which Team USA won 7-0.

Ava Murphy and Alexia Aubin each had a goal and an assist while Jocelyn Amos added one more goal for Canada.

The Canadian national teams have had a good run of late, with the senior national team beating the U.S. 3-2 to win gold at the Beijing Olympics in February. The national team beat the U.S. by the same score at the world championships last August.

After the Canadian junior team went up 3-0 on Monday, Team USA rallied with goals by Finley McCarthy and Claire Enright in the second period. But it wasn’t enough, as the tournament leaders in goals scored (21) managed just two goals on 31 shots in the loss.

Earlier, Finland beat Sweden 3-0 to claim its third bronze medal. Sanni Vanhanen had all three goals to secure the hat trick while Emilia Kyrkko stopped 35 shots on goal.

The most recent iteration of the tournament before this took place more than two years ago, in January 2020. The 2022 tournament certainly delivered, even six months after its originally scheduled starting date.

The competition was set to take place in Sweden in January, but it was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. After an outcry, in which many pointed out the IIHF men’s tournaments were still on the schedule for later in the year, the organization changed gears, shifting the tournament to Wisconsin in June.

Full IIHF U18 Schedule

Monday, June 6

  • Group A:
    • United States 6, Sweden 1: Cassandra Hall scored back-to-back goals and four other players got on the board for the U.S. Ebba Hedqvist scored the lone goal for Sweden.
    • Finland 2, Canada 0: Finland scored its first-ever win against Canada with goals from Ada Eronen and Oona Havana.
  • Group B:
    • Czech Republic 4, Slovakia 0: The Czech Republic got the tournament started with a bang. Adela Sapovalivova scored twice while Andrea Trnkova and Eliska Hotova also got on the board.
    • Germany 1, Switzerland 0: Lola Liang was the lone scorer.

Tuesday, June 7

  • Group A:
    • United States 5, Finland 0: Laila Edwards and Tessa Janecke each scored twice for Team USA as they blanked Finland. With the win, the U.S. sits atop Group A with one final matchup against Canada set for Thursday.
    • Canada 3, Sweden 1: Canada got one back thanks to a two-goal performance from Rhea Hicks plus a goal from Reichen Kirchmair. Canada and Finland are now tied for second in Group A.
  • Group B:
    • Czech Republic 6, Germany 2: The Czech Republic had a strong showing over Germany, with Tereza Plosova notching the hat trick. Lucie Gruntova also scored twice, back-to-back goals in the second period. With one game left to play in group play, the Czech Republic leads Group B while Germany and Switzerland are tied for second.
    • Switzerland 3, Slovakia 1: After going down 1-0 to Slovakia, Switzerland responded by scoring three unanswered goals. Nina Harju, Elena Gaberell and Jade Surdez all found the back of the net.

Thursday, Jun 9

  • Group A: 
    • United States 7, Canada 0: This one was a doozy as seven different Americans found the back of the net for Team USA. Canada had no answer, and U.S. goalkeeper Annelies Bergmann stopped all 25 shots she faced.
    • Sweden 4, Finland 3: After going up 2-1, Sweden found itself in a 3-2 hole. Goals from Emma Pfeffer and Jenna Raunio helped the Swedes secure the comeback win against Finland. They managed to salvage three points with the win.
  • Group B:
    • Czech Republic 2, Switzerland 0: The Czech Republic took care of business against Switzerland. Anna Vanickova got things started in the second period before Dominika Malicka buried the finisher. Czech goalie Michaela Hesova stopped all 21 shots she faced.
    • Slovakia 6, Germany 2: Barbora Kapicakova and Hana Fancovicova each found the back of the net twice as Slovakia easily handled Germany. Lola Liang got the scoring started as Germany went up 1-0 but couldn’t find a response for Slovakia’s offense.

Friday, June 10

  • Quarterfinals
    • Canada 7, Slovakia 0: Canada cruised past Slovakia, securing their place in Sunday’s semifinal against Finland. Seven different players got on the board for Canada, with Sarah MacEachern notching three assists. Madison Chantler kicked off the offensive onslaught, scoring 52 seconds into the matchup, opening the floodgates for Canada, who outshot their opponents 65-5.
    • Sweden 2, Czech Republic 1: Sweden battled to a narrow 2-1 win to clinch a matchup against the U.S. in Sunday’s semifinal. Jenna Raunio logged the go-ahead goal for Sweden, sealing a hard-fought victory for her side.

Sunday, June 11

  • Semifinals
    • Canada 2, Finland 1: After Jade Iginla broke open the scoring for Canada, Finland’s Tilli Keranen evened up the score to make it 1-1. It would stay that way until Madison Chantler notched the game-winning goal in the third.
    • United States 3, Sweden 2: After going up 1-0 on a goal from Sydney Morrow, the U.S. found themselves down 2-1 after two unanswered goals from Mira Jungaker and Stella Lindell. But Team USA didn’t show any panic. Margaret Scannell and Grace Dwyer ended up providing the tie-maker and the tie-breaker, respectively, in the third period to secure the win. The U.S. advances to play Canada in the gold medal game while Sweden will play Finland for bronze.

Monday, June 13

  • Bronze medal game: Finland 3, Sweden 0
  • Gold medal game: Canada 3, United States 2