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Team USA falls in U18 gold medal game to Canada

A strong performance from Canada gives them this year's IIHF U18 Women's World Championship gold medal

Team Canada celebrates its a second period goal in the gold medal game against Team USA in the 2022 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship on Monday, June 13, in Madison, Wis.
Sydney Wolf / The Rink Live

MADISON, Wis. — Canada is the 2022 IIHF U18 Women's World Champion after a 3-2 statement win over Team USA on Monday, June 13.

Canada took a 1-0 lead in the first period after Alexia Aubin gave the team their very first power play goal of the tournament.

The second period was full of action. Ava Murphy (Wisconsin) and Jocelyn Amos (Ohio State) scored less than two minutes a part to give Canada a 3-0 lead.

Team USA started a comeback late in the second period with Finley McCarthy lighting the lamp on the power play with a shot from the blue line that beat the glove of goaltender Mari Pietersen (Boston University).

Just seven seconds later, Minnesota native Claire Enright (Wisconsin) scored off a rebound that was originally shot by fellow Minnesotan, Ava Lindsay (Minnesota).


The American rally wasn't enough as Team Canada would lock down the third period.

Team USA has now placed either gold or silver in every U18 Women's Worlds since it's inception back in 2008.

In other U18 Women's World Championship news, Finland takes home the bronze medal after defeating Sweden, 3-0. Czechia is fifth place, Slovakia sixth, Switzerland seventh, and Germany is relegated after placing last.

Postgame interviews coming up on The Rink Live's Facebook page .

Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth and high school hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies.
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