The tension is palpable in Zug, Switzerland, as the top two teams in Group A of the 2024 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship prepare to clash in the semifinals. On Saturday, January 13th, at 9:00 AM ET (3:00 PM local time), Canada U18 W and the Czech Republic U18 W will battle it out for a spot in the gold medal game.
How to Watch Canada U18 vs Czech Republic U18
What it is: 2024 IIHF Ice Hockey World Women’s U18 Championship
Matchup: Canada U18 W vs. Czech Republic U18 W
Game type: Semifinal
Date: Saturday Jan. 13, 2024
Time: 9am ET, 15:00 (Local Time)
Venue: Bossard Arena (Zug)
Live stream: Watch here
The game will be broadcasted in several countries, including:
NHL Network (USA)
Swiss digital / ringier sports
Team Canada comes into the matchup as the clear favorite, boasting a perfect record in the tournament so far. They’ve outscored their opponents by a staggering 41-0 margin, showcasing their offensive prowess and defensive dominance. Their last game against Switzerland was a testament to their firepower, with a 6-0 shutout victory.
Key players to watch on the Canadian side include forwards Victoria Heon, who leads the tournament in scoring with 10 points (7 goals, 3 assists), and Brooke Campbell, who has netted 5 goals and 2 assists. Goaltender Annastasia Deschênes has been a brick wall in net, posting two shutouts and a sparkling 0.50 goals-against average.
While Canada may be the Goliath in this David-and-Goliath matchup, the Czech Republic shouldn’t be underestimated. They finished second in Group A with a 3-2 record, including a narrow 2-1 victory over Sweden in their last game. Their only defeat in the group stage came against Canada, where they fell 8-1.
The Czechs rely on a more balanced attack, with five players boasting at least five points in the tournament. Klára Peslarová leads the team with 6 goals and 3 assists, while defenders Natálie Kněžínková and Denisa Křížová have chipped in offensively with 4 points each. Goaltender Linda Svatoňová has been solid in net, posting a 2.80 goals-against average.
The two teams have met four times in the past two U18 World Championships, with Canada holding a dominant 3-1 advantage. However, their most recent encounter in the group stage of this tournament saw the Czechs come away with a surprising 8-1 victory.
This semifinal promises to be a thrilling affair, with both teams hungry for a ticket to the gold medal game. Can Canada continue their undefeated streak and cement their status as favorites, or will the Czech Republic pull off another upset and send shockwaves through the tournament? Tune in on Saturday to find out!
While Canada is the heavy favorite, the Czech Republic’s recent victory over them shows they have the potential to cause an upset. Expect a close and exciting game, with Canada ultimately emerging victorious thanks to their superior depth and offensive firepower.