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U18 Women’s Worlds Preview: Canada vs. Sweden

Sunday, January 15 | 2 p.m. ET | Östersund, Sweden | Gold Medal Game

January 15, 2023

Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team looks to defend it world title Sunday when it takes on Sweden in the gold medal game at the 2023 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.

Last Game

Canada booked its place in the final with a come-from-behind 3-2 overtime win over Finland in its Saturday semifinal. Alex Law was the hero for the Canadians, tying the game with 7:22 remaining in the third period before netting the winner 7:32 into the extra period. Abby Stonehouse had the other Canadian goal and Hannah Clark made 24 saves.

Sweden put on a show for 2,122 fans who filled Östersund Arena for its semifinal against the United States, stunning the seven-time world champions 2-1 to move into the gold medal game for the first time since 2018. Mira Jungåker and Astrid Lindeberg provided the offence for the Swedes, scoring power-play goals in the second period, and Felicia Frank finished with 37 saves to keep the U.S. out of the final for the first time ever.

Last Meeting

Canada and Sweden met Monday in preliminary-round play, a 4-2 victory for the Canadians. Caitlin Kraemer scored twice, while Law and Emmalee Pais also added goals. Clark made 43 saves in the win – 16 in the third period – and the Canadians finished 13-for-14 on the penalty kill.

What to Watch

Clark has been a solid presence in the Canadian crease, highlighted by her 43-save effort against the Swedes in the prelims and her 24 stops with the tournament on the line against the Finns. The Oshawa, Ont., native has fashioned a 1.60 goals-against average (third in the tournament) and .939 save percentage (second), allowing just three goals at even strength.

Frank has been terrific in goal for the Swedes, making 37 saves against the U.S. and posting overall numbers similar to Clark (1.50 GAA, .939 SV%), while the defence has contributed seven of the 19 goals scored in the tournament, including both in the semifinals. And let’s not forget about the fans. It should be another loud crowd on Sunday as Sweden chases its first-ever international women’s hockey gold.

A Look Back

Canada and Sweden have met 11 times at the U18 women’s worlds, with Canada owning a perfect record.

A trio of Olympic gold medallists have turned in terrific performances against the Swedes – Mélodie Daoust had four points (3-1—4) to lead the way offensively in a 6-1 semifinal win in 2009, while the defensive duo of Brigette Lacquette (1-3—4) and Erin Ambrose (0-4—4) helped Canada to an 8-0 prelim win in 2010.

This is the second time Canada and Sweden have met in the final of a major international tournament – at the 2006 Olympics, the Swedes upset the U.S. in a semifinal shootout, but Canada earned a 4-1 win for its second of four consecutive Olympic golds.

All-time record: Canada leads 11-0

Canada goals: 59

Sweden goals: 11

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

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