Snow, Team Canada find gold in Ja­pan

Clarke’s Beach star part of na­tional team to win world U18 women’s cham­pi­onship

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - SPORTS -

New­found­lan­der Shai­lynn Snow is a world cham­pion.

Canada, with the 17-year-old Snow in the lineup, de­feated the United States 3-2 in over­time early Sun­day morn­ing to cap­ture the IIHF un­der-18 women’s hockey cham­pi­onship in Obi­hiro, Ja­pan.

It was a sec­ond straight over­time win for the Cana­di­ans, who had edged Rus­sia 4-3 in ex­tra time in the semi­fi­nal game ear­lier on the week­end.

The re­sult gave Canada its first gold at the event since 2014; the Amer­i­cans had cap­tured four straight ti­tles be­fore this year.

Maddi Wheeler scored the game-win­ner 1:34 into OT. It was pro­duced on the power-play, one of four tal­lies in the game that came with a team en­joy­ing a player ad­van­tage.

Cana­dian goalie Ray­gan Kirk was named MVP of the tour­ney, which saw Canada win four games and lose one. Four of those five games were de­cided by one goal, in­clud­ing a pre­lim­i­nary-round match that saw the Amer­i­cans down Canada 3-2.

Snow, a for­ward from Clarke’s Beach, is in her last year at Ri­d­ley Col­lege, an On­tario prep school, and in her first with the na­tional team pro­gram.

She com­peted for New­found­land and Labrador as a 13-yearold at the 2015 Canada Win­ter Games and for Team At­lantic at the 2017 na­tional U18 cham­pi­onship, where her per­for­mance helped earn her an in­vi­ta­tion to the na­tional U18 se­lec­tion camp last year.

In her home prov­ince, she played for two sea­sons with the male-dom­i­nated Tri-pen Osprey ban­tam AAA team, in­clud­ing 2015-16, when she was the team’s sec­ond-lead­ing scorer be­hind fu­ture Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League first-round draft pick Daw­son Mercer. The year pre­vi­ous, as a 13-year-old and in her first of ban­tam play, she suited up for a Tri-pen team that in­cluded four play­ers who would go onto the QMJHL — Mercer, Kyle Pet­ten, Liam Leonard and Zach Ben­nett.

At 15, Snow be­gan the first of her three high school years in On­tario.

The cap­tain of the Ri­d­ley Tigers women’s hockey team, she is headed for the Amer­i­can col­lege ranks later this year on an NCAA Divi­sion 1 ath­letic schol­ar­ship to St. Lawrence Univer­sity in Can­ton, N.Y.

STEVE KINGS­MAN/HHOF/IIHF IMAGES

Team Canada, in­clud­ing New­found­land and Labrador’s Shai­lynn Snow of Clarke’s Beach (far left, sec­ond row), cel­e­brate after de­feat­ing the United States 3-2 in over­time in the fi­nal of the world un­der-18 women’s hockey cham­pi­onship Sun­day in Obi­hiro, Ja­pan.

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Shai­lynn Snow poses with the cham­pi­onship tro­phy after help­ing Canada win the IIHF un­der-18 women’s hockey cham­pi­onship Sun­day.

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