Canada's Women's IIHF U18 team came away with gold after they walloped Sweden in the finals in Östersund, Sweden on Sunday. Not only did the national team scores 10 goals, but they also got a shut-out during the game.
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Forward Caitlin Kraemer (Kitchener Rangers) came away from the game not only with a gold medal but would give Team Canada a 2-0 lead in the first period - with the goals being under 40 seconds of each other. She also bagged a hat trick. Kraemer shattered the previous record of three goals, which was held by the United States. Kendall Coyne in 2010. She also beat Marie-Philip Poulin's record from 2008 for the most goals scored in a tournament.
Forward Alexia Aubin (Stanstead College) would also score in the first period for Canada, while on the defensive line, Piper Grober (Durham West Jr Lightning) scored as well, giving Canada five goals in the first period. The second period would begin with Aubin scoring once again, while Abby Lunney (Central York U22) helped the team to score another goal. Mackenzie Alexander (Etobicoke Dolphins) scored lucky goal number 8. In the third period, Charlotte Pieckenhagen (Mississauga Hurricanes) went on to score the ninth goal, with Kraemer finishing the final off by scoring the last and final goal.
Canada outshot Sweden 40-21, while the Swedes had 30 saves to Canada's 21. Sweden also had twice as many penalty minutes as Canada 8-4. In the tournament, Sweden has been outscored 194-21. The goalies that were in the final game line-up were Hannah Clark and Arianne Leblanc.
Airdrie's own Farah Walker, a goaltender herself, was selected to the IIHF U18 Women's World Championship team and played a warmup game against Finland earlier last week. Canada suffered a loss then, but Walker did play in the second period, not allowing any goals in.
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