Canada tops Russia in OT at U18 women’s hockey world championship semi

Hockey Canada logo. (Frank Gunn/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

OBIHIRO, Japan — Danielle Serdachny scored 44 seconds into overtime on Saturday to lift Canada to a 4-3 win over Russia and into the gold medal final at the IIHF women’s under-18 world championship.

Canada will play the United States in the championship match on Sunday.

Alexie Guay had a goal and an assist for the Canadians and Julia Gosling and Nicole Kelly also scored.

"I think we all felt pretty nervous but we all had trust in each other that we could do it and we could win," Serdachny said. "Everyone was pretty excited (to get the win)."

Anna Savonina, Ilona Markova and Yelena Provorova, with the tying goal midway through the third period, scored for Russia.

Raygan Kirk made 10 saves in the Canadian net. Daria Gredzen stopped 26 shots for Russia.

"We did a great job of continuing to fight, and it’s an incredible feeling," said Guay. "Last year, we didn’t get an opportunity to play in the finals. It’s an incredible feeling to be able to fight for a gold medal."

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