By Carter Brooks

Photos by Steve Kingsman and Robert Hradil 

Led by Ste. Anne, Manitoba's Raygan Kirk, the Canadian Under-18 National Women's Team took back the gold medal from the Americans Sunday morning in Japan 3-2 in overtime. 

Krik, Canada's goaltender of choice for the 2019 running of the International Ice Hockey Federation's U-18 Women's World Championship in Obihiro, Japan, was thrust into action in the second game of the tournament, taking the reins from Mahika Sarrazin, guiding the Canadians to gold. 

Screen Shot 2019 01 13 at 17.24.09

The 17-year-old southern Manitoba product was voted in as tournament MVP, after putting up victories in three of her four games and ultimately winning the gold-medal game 3-2 in overtime. Kirk gave up just nine goals in her four tournament games played, stopping 25 of 27 shots on Sunday.

Screen Shot 2019 01 13 at 16.06.49

Kirk - a Robert Morris University commit - is currently in her third season playing for the Eastman Selects of the Manitoba Female Midget AAA Hockey League. The 5-foot-8, 140-pound netminder is 3-3-0 with one shutout and a dazzling 1.06 goals against average and a .964 save percentage for Eastman this season. She went 18-9-2 in 2017-18 with five shutouts. 

Canada's first place finish at the 2019 WWU18 Championship was its first gold medal since 2014, breaking the Americans' streak of four-straight tournament wins. Four of the five goals in the game were scored on man advantages, including Maddi Wheeler's overtime winner, which came 1:34 into the extra frame. 

Screen Shot 2019 01 13 at 17.32.33

The location for the 2020 running of the tournament has not yet been determined. 

Pin It
Carter Brooks
Author: Carter Brooks
Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, coaching hockey is his favourite pastime. Carter can be reached at
More from this author:

subscribenow 3

Any opinions expressed belong solely to the authors and do not necessarily express the views of the magazine, or of the publishers. All published work is edited for accuracy, style. and clarity. We do accept unsolicited material as long as it refers to athletes, coaches, or volunteers involved in hockey in Manitoba.