USA steamrolls through Canada to win Group A, Sweden beats Finland with seconds left in game

By: Benedict Chen

Team USA and Canada stand for the USA National Anthem and flag raising (Photo by Benedict Chen)

MADISON, Wis- Team USA showed very little weakness and were dominant in every position against Canada at the 2022 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, scoring 7 goals and shutting out the Canadians for the first time in tournament history. This was the United States’ second shutout of the tournament (June 7th against Finland 5-0).

Another power-play goal was scored in the first period to open the scoring for Team USA, but this time it was Madison Kaiser (Minnesota) instead of Laila Edwards who put the puck in the net. USA forward Finley McCarthy (Bishop Kearney Selects) fired a shot toward the Canadian goaltender Hailey MacLeod (Minnesota-Duluth) but Kaiser tipped the puck over the shoulder of MacLeod to open the scoring for the US.

With five minutes and fifty-eight seconds left, Laila Edwards (Wisconsin) made a pass to Molly Jordan (Boston College) who fired a one-timer from the blue line into the Canadian net and scored the second goal of the game.

Ava Lindsay (Minnesota) closed off the first period by going top shelf after shaking off Canadian forward Tova Henderson (Minnesota-Duluth) to make it 3-0 USA.

The second period was almost as good as the first one. Maggie Scannell (Shattuck St. Mary’s) forced a turnover on Alyssa Regalado (Cornell) in the Canadian zone and fired a short-angled shot into the top-right corner of the Canadian net to make it 4-0 USA. Kelly Gorbatenko (Wisconsin) would score about a minute later to make it 5-0.

Kelly Gorbatenko collides with Elyssa Biederman after scoring on Hailey MacLeod (Photo by Benedict Chen)

In the middle of the second, Canada decided to take out Hailey MacLeod and placed Mari Pietersen (Boston University) in the net.

In the third period, Emmalee Pais (Colgate) tried to poke away the puck from Kirsten Simms (Wisconsin) but gave it up to Laila Edwards who scored her third power-play goal of the tournament. Josie St. Martin (Stillwater High) also tacked on one for herself to make it 7-0 USA.

Annalies Bergmann (Oakland Junior Grizzlies) stopped all shots on goal from the Canadians and received player of the game honors for USA. Jocelyn Amos (London Devilettes) received player of the game honors for Canada.

Team USA outshot Team Canada 34-25 and Canada outnumbered USA in penalty minutes 14-8.

Sweden beat their Scandinavian neighbor Finland after they pulled their goalie, Lisa Jonsson, a second time in the third period.

Sweden and Finland fight for the puck by an empty net (Photo by Benedict Chen)

In the first, Ida Karlsson flew in on a centering pass from Tuva Kandell to score the first goal of the game on the powerplay.

Finland’s Julia Schalin tied it up a few minutes later on a rebound from Oona Havana, but with two minutes and thirty-seven seconds left, Mira Markstrom scored for Sweden to make it 2-1.

Mira Markstrom fires a shot to make it 2-1 Sweden (Photo by Benedict Chen)

Halfway into the second, Adalmiina Makkonen tacked on to equalize the score for Finland.

Going to the third, Finland’s Pauliina Salonen fired a shot from the slot to make it 3-2 Finland.

That was when Sweden decided to pull goaltender Lisa Jonsson out from the net to bring in an extra attacker. Even though Finland attempted to score a few empty-netters, Sweden was able to maintain possession of the puck for most of the time in the Finnish zone. With two minutes still on the clock, Ida Karlsson netted her second goal of the game, and it was tied.

Later, Sweden decided to take a chance on a risky play by taking Jonsson out again to put an extra attacker on the ice. They were trying to win no matter what, and with nine seconds left, Jenna Raunio scored the winning goal for Sweden.

This was Sweden’s first win of the tournament.

Emilia Kyrrko, goaltender for Finland, recorded 21 saves while Lisa Jonsson for Sweden recorded 24.

Finland had 25 shots on goal while Sweden had 27.