Obihiro, Japan – Danielle Serdachny (Edmonton, Alta./Pursuit of Excellence, CSSHL) scored the overtime winner 44 seconds into the extra frame to lead Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team to a 3-2 semifinal win over Russia on Saturday at the 2019 IIHF Women’s U18 World Championship.
With the win, Canada earns a berth in the gold medal game and will face off against the United States on Sunday morning (3 a.m. ET/12 a.m. PT).
Alexie Guay (Magog, Que./ North American Hockey Academy, JWHL) chipped in a goal and an assist of her own, and lead a group of eight Canadian players to earn at least a point in the contest.
Russia opened the scoring with the a powerplay marker from Anna Savonina, firing home a from the top of the zone through a maze of bodies in front of the net.
Nicole Kelly (Brantford, Ont./Etobicoke, PWHL) responded for Canada. Kelly picked the pocket of a Russian defender in the corner, walked out front and went top shelf with a backhand shot.
Guay scored her goal 1:28 into the second period with a tip-in off a Maddie Wheeler (Erinsville, Ont./Nepean, PWHL) point shot.
The Russian power play struck again to even the score at 2-2 when Ilona Markova danced around a Canadian defender and snapped a shot just under the arm of Raygan Kirk (Ste. Anne, Man./Eastman, MFMHL).
Canada’s second lead of the game came off the stick of Julia Gosling (London, Ont./London, PWHL). With 24 seconds left in the middle frame and Canada on the man advantage, Gosling finished off a feed from Guay with a shot from the right face off dot.
Yelena Provorova scored the third power play goal of the night for Russia, corralling a loose puck in front of the net and tucking it around a sprawled out Kirk.
The game winner came on another power play opportunity for Canada, with Serdachny winning a puck battle in the corner, taking the puck to the front of the net and putting it off the post and in.