DMITROV, Russia – Julia Gosling (London, Ont./London, PWHL) scored a pair of goals, leading Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team into the win column at the 2018 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship with a 4-0 triumph over Sweden on Sunday.
Kendra Woodland (Kamloops, B.C./Thompson, OMAHA) needed to make just nine saves to record the shutout in her first start of the tournament.
It took less than 90 seconds for the Canadians to take a lead they would never relinquish; Alexie Guay (Magog, Que./Stanstead College, NAPHA) found Courtney Kollman (Calgary, Alta./Edge School, CSSHL) streaking off the bench, and she beat Swedish goaltender Miranda Dahlgren to the blocker side at 1:24.
Gosling doubled the lead just shy of the 12-minute mark. Her shot under the crossbar was in and out so fast that play continued, and the goal was only reviewed after Abygail Moloughney (Nepean, Ont./Nepean, PWHL) had scored shortly after.
The Gosling goal was eventually confirmed, erasing the Moloughney marker but still putting Canada up 2-0.
The Canadians dominated play in the second period, holding Sweden without a shot on goal while directing 17 at Dahlgren on the back of four power plays, but the Swedish puck-stopper kept it a two-goal game through 40 minutes.
Gosling added her second of the game with 5:30 to go in the third period after Claire Dalton (Toronto, Ont./Toronto, PWHL) forced a turnover in the Swedish zone, and Moloughney found the empty net 52 seconds later to cap the scoring.
Canada finished with a one-sided 38-9 advantage in shots on goal.
“It feels awesome. With the win today, it’s an awesome feeling getting that first [goal] for our team and for Canada. It felt like we were a family out there – we were blocking shots at the right time, and in crucial moments, and winning our puck battles. We bounced back from yesterday and we were focusing on our game keys and that helped us play our game.”
Courtney Kollman on scoring her first international goal and Canada’s first goal of the game, and her team’s effort in the win
“It was really important for us to get a win tonight, and really just focus on our game. I’m really proud of the girls – they weren’t distracted by what happened yesterday. They actually handled it better than I even imagined, and I’m just really overall impressed by our performance. It’s always hard to defend the 2-0 lead, and that might be the one thing I’m most proud of with our team today is that we really just didn’t sit back, and we didn’t get frustrated by the way [the Swedes] play – and that was really important as we move forward. We know we want to get better and better as the tournament goes on, so we need to build on this win against Sweden and just make sure we’re ready to go against the Americans.”
Team Canada’s head coach, Delaney Collins on the team’s performance against Sweden
The Canadian team last won the gold medal at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship in 2014, having won gold four times (2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014), and silver six times, since the event’s inception in 2008.
The Canadians will enjoy an off-day before wrapping up the preliminary round against the United States on Tuesday (7:30 a.m. ET/4:30 a.m. PT).