By: Benedict Chen
Team USA will advance to the gold medal game against Canada on Monday after a comeback victory against Sweden on Sunday.
In the first period, USA’s Sydney Morrow started the game off by picking up a drop pass from Kelly Gorbatenko and firing it past Swedish goaltender Lisa Jonsson to give her team a 1-0 lead.
USA goaltender Annalies Bergmann made several big saves to keep Sweden at bay, helping her team kill off a 5-on-3 advantage for Sweden. But with eleven minutes and fifty-seven seconds left in the second period, Sweden’s Stella Lindell snuck a rebound under Bergmann’s right pad to tie the game up.
With seven minutes and thirty-three seconds left in the period, Mira Jungakar scored a power play goal to give Sweden the lead.
The Americans later attempted to equalize on their power play but Lisa Jonsson stood tall and kept the score at 2-1 Sweden going into the third.
The referees made some questionable calls in the second period that made many USA fans unhappy, but neither team was backing down.
In the third, Maggie Scannell tied the game up just one minute and eighteen seconds into the final frame. She had previously gone back to the bench seemingly injured after blocking a shot off her leg in the second period.
With six minutes and thirty-eight seconds left in the final period, Grace Dwyer fired a shot past Jonsson to give the United States the lead and scored what would be the game winning goal for Team USA.
Annalies Bergmann made 22 saves for the United States while Lisa Jonsson made 50 saves for Sweden. Team USA outshot Sweden 53-24.
Grace Dwyer received player of the game honors for Team USA while Laila Edwards, Sydney Morrow and Tessa Janecke were named IIHF Team USA best players of the Tournament.
Mira Markstrom received player of the game honors for Team Sweden while Nicole Hall, Jenna Raunio and Lisa Jonsson were named IIHF Team Sweden best players of the tournament.
Canada edged Finland to advance to the gold medal game at the U18 women’s hockey worlds.
The Canadians pounded the offensive zone early in the first period but were unable to get past Emilia Kyrrko who had shut them out in their first matchup of the tournament. But with four minutes and fifty-six seconds left, Jade Iginla circled the Finnish zone and fired a shot to the far side to put Canada on the board.
Finland would tie it up in the second after Tilli Keranen let go of a one-timer that squeezed under the arm of Canadian goaltender Mari Pietersen and trickled across the line.
However, with less than ten minutes left in the third period, Madison Chantler raced past the Finnish defender on the right wing and tucked a backhand around Emilia Kyrrko to put Canada back in front. Her goal would prove to be the winner as Canada defeated Finland 2-1 to advance to the gold medal game of the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.
Canada outshot Finland 45-10 in the semifinal game. Mari Pietersen recorded nine saves for Canada while Emilia Kyrrko recorded 43 for Finland.
Karel Prefontaine received player of the game honors for Canada while Jocelyn Amos, Sarah MacEachern, and Sarah Swiderski were named IIHF Team Canada best players of the tournament.
Oona Havana, Sanni Vanhanen and Emilia Kyrkko were named Team Finland best players of the tournament and Kyrkko received player of the game honors as well.