CANADA WINS IN WOMEN’S HOCKEY

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Mad­die Wheeler of Erinsville, Ont., scored the game-win­ning goal 94 sec­onds into over­time and Manitoba’s Ray­gan Kirk stopped 25 of 27 shots to lift Canada to a 3-2 vic­tory over the United States and a gold medal at the 2019 IIHF U18 Women’s World Cham­pi­onship Sun­day in Obi­hiro, Ja­pan. Kirk, a 17-year-old from Ste. Anne, was named MVP of the tour­na­ment

OBI­HIRO, Ja­pan — Manitoba’s Ray­gan Kirk stopped 25 of 27 shots to lift Canada to a 3-2 vic­tory over the United States and a gold medal at the 2019 IIHF U18 Women’s World Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day.

Kirk, a 17-year-old from Ste. Anne who plays for the East­man Se­lects of the Manitoba Fe­male Mid­get Hockey League, was named MVP of the tour­na­ment.

Mahika Sar­razin of Gatineau, Que., played Canada’s first game in the tour­na­ment, a 2-1 win over Swe­den, be­fore Kirk took over as the starter, play­ing the fi­nal four, in­clud­ing a 4-3 over­time win over Rus­sia in the semi­fi­nals. She fin­ished the event with a 2.08 goal­sagainst av­er­age and a .878 save per­cent­age.

“All three of us (goalies) came in about even, so when I got the nod, I had to try to play my best,” Kirk told IIHF.com. “Clearly, it worked. It feels great! I think we were all ner­vous be­fore the game, but it was a good ner­vous. We used our en­ergy as a team.”

The medal marks Canada’s fifth gold at U18 worlds, and its first since 2014.

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