by Kristen Lipscombe
March 28, 2014, BUDAPEST, Hungary (ISN) – Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team has advanced to the semifinals at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship, after finishing first in Group A and winning three straight preliminary round games. Canada faces Russia at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT in the first semifinal tomorrow, Saturday, March 29.
Canada concluded the preliminary round with a 5-0 win over the Czech Republic on Wednesday. It also earned victories over Japan (7-1) and Finland (7-0) to go perfect in the round robin.
The Czech Republic claimed second in Group A, Finland took third and Japan came in fourth place. The United States finished first in Group B, with Russia coming in second, Sweden taking third and Hungary finishing in fourth place.
The United States and Czech Republic play in the other semifinal. The medal round is Sunday, March 30, with the bronze medal game scheduled for 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT and the gold medal game at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT.
All games at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship are being broadcast live online via the International Ice Hockey Federation website. Please CLICK HERE for live streaming.
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team is being led by head coach Laura Schuler (Scarborough, Ont./University of Minnesota Duluth, WCHA) and assistant coaches Dwayne Gylywoychuk (Winnipeg, Man./Hockey Canada) and Cassandra Turner (Campbellford, Ont./Quinnipiac University, ECAC). Laurem Wildfang (Waterdown, Ont./Toronto, PWHL) is serving as team captain, while Karly Heffernan (Sherwood Park, Alta./Pursuit of Excellence, Midget AAA), Alexandra Labelle (St-Louis-de-Gonzague, Que./St-Laurent, CEGEP) and Hannah Miller (Vancouver, B.C./Okanagan Hockey Academy, JWHL) are alternate captains.
Heffernan and Miller both won the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in Heinola and Vierumäki, Finland, last January.
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team features 22 players, including two goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards. Twenty-one players were members of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team for a three-game series against the U.S. Women’s Under-18 Team in Lake Placid, N.Y., last August, winning two of those games. Samantha Cogan (Ottawa, Ont./Nepean, PWHL) is the lone player making her Team Canada debut at the world championship.
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team, broken down by province:
- Ontario – 10 (Bach, Cogan, Leslie, MacMillan, Noronha, Pinkney, Sauvé, Tiley, Wildfang and Wilson-Bennett)
- British Columbia – six (Bellerive, Hart, Fieseler, Miller, Potomak and Spring)
- Quebec – four (Labelle, Lalancette, Picard and Stacey)
- Alberta – two (Healey and Heffernan)