BECK AND TEAM CANADA CAPTURE GOLD AT 2019 IIHF U18 WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 14, 2019
OBIHIRO, Japan – For the first time in five years, Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team has won gold at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, defeating the United States 3-2 in overtime on Sunday in Obihiro.
Lunenburg’s Maddie Beck was the lone Nova Scotian on the national team roster. She served as the back-up to Raygan Kirk (Ste. Anne, Man./Eastman, MFMHL) who finished with 25 saves in the win and earned tournament Most Valuable Player honours.
New Glasgow's Kori Cheverie was an assistant coach with the team while Bridgetown's Maryelle Hannam was the video coach.
Amie Lee of Halifax was on the support staff as the team’s therapist.
The thrilling championship final could not be settled during regulation and the game required extra time.
Maddi Wheeler (Erinsville, Ont./Nepean, PWHL) drove hard to the net and jammed home her own rebound just 1:34 into overtime, giving Canada its fifth world title and first since 2014.
Canada jumped out to an early lead just under eight minutes in when Danielle Serdachny (Edmonton/Pursuit of Excellence, CSSHL) picked up the rebound of an Alexie Guay (Magog, Que./North American Hockey Academy, JWHL) shot from the point. Julia Gosling (London, Ont./London, PWHL) also recorded an assist on the goal.
The United States tied the game late in the second period before taking a 2-1 lead just over six minutes into the third. Anne Cherkowski (Vernon, B.C./Pursuit of Excellence, CSSHL) evened the score at 2-2 with less than nine minutes remaining after being set up by Gosling and Serdachny.
“We are incredibly proud of our team’s effort and our athletes’ ability to overcome adversity when we found ourselves trailing in the game,” said head coach Howie Draper (Edmonton/University of Alberta, CW). “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.”