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Two local players win gold at U18 women's world hockey championship

Waterloo's Caitlin Kraemer had four goals as Canada shutout Sweden 10-0 in the final
Canada won gold with a 10-0 win over Sweden in the final at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship on Jan. 15, 2023. Waterloo's Caitlin Kraemer had four goals

Two hockey players from Waterloo Region are bringing back gold from the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship in Sweden.

Waterloo's Caitlin Kraemer had four goals as Canada shutdown the host Swedes 10-0 in Sunday's final.

She now holds the record for the fastest hat trick at the tournament. She scored three goals in the span of 6:44 of the first period. Her fourth goal in the third period put her ahead of Marie-Philip Poulin for the most goals by a Canadian in a single tournament. Kraemer ended the tourney with 10 goals and 1 assist.

“This team has been such a big part of my achievements, I could not have done it without them,” Kraemer said after the game. “We wanted to leave the world knowing who we are. I am at a loss for words. You dream about this as a little kid, and to win is amazing.”

It's Canada's second straight gold medal at the tournament.

Oshawa's Hannah Clark made 21 saves for her first international shutout. It was also her fourth win of the tournament.

“Our team has so much heart. I love every one of these girls and I know we love each other. You dream about [winning gold] since you are little, it is so special.” Clark said.

Kraemer was named one of Canada's top three players, along with Kitchener's Ava Murphy and Emmalee Pais of London.

Kraemer plays for the K-W Rangers of the PWHL. Her teammates and coaches are excited she's bringing back a gold medal from Sweden.

"If you see her goals, it's goals she's scored in our league before where she's used her power and speed to overcome the opposition to drive to the net and put the puck in. For us, the coaching staff and the team were just so happy for her." added Chad Campbell, head coach of the K-W Rangers.

Campbell believes the Canadian team will be good for a while. " ... If they stay together they I think they should be able to dominate over the next couple of years." 

-- With files from Brent Cater




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