Wheeler goal gives Canada U18 ti­tle

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Maddi Wheeler scored in over­time as Canada de­feated the United States 3-2 on Sun­day to win its fifth un­der-18 women’s World Hockey Cham­pi­onship. Wheeler, from Erinsville, Ont., drove hard to the net and jammed home her own re­bound just 1:34 into over­time, giv­ing Canada its first world ti­tle since 2014. Danielle Ser­dachny gave Canada an early 1-0 lead, pick­ing up the re­bound off an Alexie Guay shot from the point. The U.S. tied the game late in the sec­ond pe­riod be­fore tak­ing a 2-1 lead just more than six min­utes into the third. Anne Cherkowski tied the game 2-2 with less than nine min­utes re­main­ing. “We are in­cred­i­bly proud of our team’s ef­fort and our ath­letes’ abil­ity to over­come ad­ver­sity when we found our­selves trail­ing in the game,” said head coach Howie Draper. Goal­tender Ray­gan Kirk fin­ished with 25 saves in the win and earned the tour­na­ment’s MVP hon­ours.

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