Wheeler goal gives Canada U18 title
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.