Lon­doner hon­oured as Canada wins gold

The London Free Press - - SPORTS -

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.

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Ju­lia Gosling of Lon­don was picked as one of Canada’s top three play­ers after win­ning the world un­der-18 women’s hockey ti­tle.

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