Obihiro, Japan – Julia Gosling (London, Ont./London, PWHL) and Laura Cote (Burlington, Ont./Mississauga, PWHL) scored a goal apiece, but Canada fell 3-2 against the United states on Monday in the second game of the 2019 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.
Gosling opened the scoring for Canada late in the opening frame. Maddie Wheeler (Erinsville, Ont./Nepean, PWHL) found the puck in the corner and made a beautiful cross-ice feed to Gosling, who put it top corner with a laser beam of a shot.
Cote extended the lead for Canada just 1:26 into the second period, taking a long lead pass from Ann-Frédérik Naud (Joliette, Que./Stanstead College, NAPHA) breaking through the American defence and whipping it into the back of the net.
The United States stormed back with two goals in the second to tie the game 2-2. Dominique Petrie forced a turnover at the Canadian blueline, raced in on a breakaway and tucked it past Raygan Kirk (Ste. Anne, Man./Eastman, MFMHL). Just 56 seconds later, Abbey Murphy flew in on a breakaway for her first of the game.
Kirk was huge for Canada in the second, making several key stops to keep the game tied, including a sprawling save to stonewall Casey O’Brien trying to finish off a 2-on-1.
Murphy scored her second of the game and what turned out to be the game winner early in the third. With the Americans cycling in the Canadian end, Murphy took a feed from O’Brien and fired it home from the point.
Canada pushed hard to find the equalizer in the third, but couldn’t solve Vetter and the Americans held on for the victory.
Canada will look to get back in the win column on Tuesday (11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT) against Russia to close out the preliminary round.