Londoner honoured as Canada wins gold
OBIHIRO, Japan — Julia Gosling of London helped set up two of the goals as Canada defeated the United States 3-2 in overtime on Sunday to win its fifth under-18 women’s world hockey championship.
Gosling’s two assists came in regulation time, before Maddi Wheeler drove hard to the net and jammed home her own rebound 1:34 into overtime, giving Canada its first world title since 2014.
“I picked the puck up in the neutral zone, (Kendall Cooper) passed it off to me. We were on a 4-on-3 power play so I had some space,” Wheeler said. “I drove wide and picked up my own rebound. We had a good net drive, so it was wide open.”
“We are incredibly proud of our team’s effort and our athletes’ ability to overcome adversity when we found ourselves trailing in the game,” head coach Howie Draper said. “It’s a great feeling to win a world championship and bring a gold medal back to Canada, and I couldn’t be more proud of our athletes and staff for this amazing accomplishment.”
After the final Gosling was named one of Canada’s top three players in the tournament.
Julia Gosling of London was picked as one of Canada’s top three players after winning the world under-18 women’s hockey title.