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U18 Women’s Worlds Preview: Canada vs. Germany

Saturday, January 6 | 2 p.m. ET | Zug, Switzerland | Preliminary Round

Shannon Coulter
January 6, 2024


The quest for an eighth gold medal at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship begins Saturday as Canada’s National Women's Under-18 Team opens the 2024 tournament against Germany at Bossard Arena.

Last Game

Canada was last in action back in August, sweeping the United States with a 5-2 victory to close out a three-game series in Lake Placid, New York. Caitlin Kraemer had a goal and three assists, while Chloe Primerano and Jessica MacKinnon added a goal and two helpers each. Emma Venusio and Jessie Pellerin rounded out the scoring. Marilou Grenier recorded 19 saves for the win.

The Germans faced Denmark in their lone pre-tournament game on Wednesday on home ice in Füssen, scoring a 4-3 shootout victory. Hanna Hoppe scored twice and Amelie Rosenstock added a goal as the Germans erased a 3-0 deficit in the third period to force extra time before Charleen Poindl netted the shootout winner.

Last Meeting

We have to rewind back to 2013 for the last time Canada faced Germany at U18 Women’s Worlds, with the Canadians earning a 7-0 shutout win in Vierumäki, Finland, to close the preliminary round. Halli Krzyzaniak scored twice to lead the offence, Catherine Daoust had a power-play goal and Sarah Nurse scored shorthanded. Jessica Dodds needed to make just five saves to record her first international shutout.

What to Watch

After her record-breaking tournament last year, Caitlin Kraemer will don the Maple Leaf once again in Switzerland. The 17-year-old is one goal and nine points away from becoming the all-time leader for Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team in both categories. Kraemer made history in the gold medal game a year ago in Östersund, Sweden, recording just the second four-goal game by a Canadian and passing Marie-Philip Poulin for the most goals by a Canadian at a single U18 Women’s Worlds (10).

Germany beat Norway to win Division I, Group A gold in Ritten, Italy, last year, earning its first appearance in the top division since 2013. All 12 eligible players from last year’s roster made the long list for 2024, including Anastasia Gruß, who led the offence with two goals and three points in five games. Leading up to puck drop in Zug, the Germans defeated Czechia 3-2 in November and shut out Switzerland 1-0 in December, proving they are capable of competing with top-level rivals in this tournament.

A Look Back

It has been 11 years since these two teams have faced off at U18 Women’s Worlds. Canada has had the edge in all six all-time matchups, only allowing two goals.

Jessica Campbell set the Canadian single-game scoring record against the Germans at the 2010 tournament, scoring twice and adding four assists in a 15-0 prelim win in Chicago.

All-time record: Canada leads 6-0
Canada goals: 56
Germany goals: 2

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