(ISN) – BUFFALO, N.Y. – Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team has advanced to the semifinals at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship after finishing second in Group A during preliminary round play.
Canada will face the winner of the Finland-Russia quarter-final in Sunday’s early semifinal (3 p.m. ET/noon PT).
Canada finished the preliminary round with a record of two wins and an overtime loss. It opened with a 2-1 shootout loss to the United States before earning victories over Russia (3-2) and the Czech Republic (7-1).
The United States finished first in Group A, Canada was second, Russia took third and Czech Republic came in fourth place. Sweden finished atop Group B, followed by Finland, Switzerland and Japan.
The U.S. will face the winner of Sweden vs. Czech Republic in Sunday’s other semifinal.
The medal round is Monday, Jan. 12, with the bronze medal game scheduled for 3 p.m. ET/noon PT, followed by the gold medal game at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
Every game at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship is being webcast live at www.fasthockey.com. Please note, there is a fee to watch the games.
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team roster includes:
- 19 players who competed for Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team in a three-game series against the United States in August in Calgary, Alta. (Agnew, Boissonnault, Cogan, Coutu-Godbout, Eastwood, Gebhard, Hart, Higham, Houston, Hunt, Jackson, Labbe, McGill, O’Neill, Potomak, Pozzebon, Quaranta, Sucharda, Tse);
- four players who attended Canada’s National Women’s Team Fall Festival in Calgary in September (Agnew, Hart, Cogan, Potomak);
- four players who participated in the 2014 IIHF Women’s High Performance Camp in Vierumäki, Finland in July (Campbell, Gebhard, Houston, Hunt);
- three players who won a gold medal with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in Budapest, Hungary (Cogan, Hart, Potomak).
Canada has won four gold medals at the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014), and is looking to capture its fourth consecutive world title in Buffalo.