Team Canada’s U18 women brought back gold medals from the IIHF World Championship for the second year in a row after beating out Sweden 10-0.
Morgan Jackson was one of only three British Columbians to make the team and she was Vancouver Island’s sole representative in the arena during the tournament.
The 16-year-old forward played all five games in the IIHF Women’s World Championship. She did not post any goals or assists through the championship, but her presence was crucial on the ice and she was a part of the team that dominated the tournament.
“So fun to watch, so proud of this group. We knew they were going to bring it today, but getting to watch them celebrate the little things, be happy for each other was great,” said assistant coach Tara Watchorn.
“This group was special, no doubt. To get to see them represent their country with pride, class and so much skill was a lot of fun.”
With almost five minutes left in the final period of the game, Jackson had the chance to make the score 11-0 when she evaded two Swedish defence players and deked the goalie to get the puck in the net, but the referees called no goal after a review due to goalie interference.
Nevertheless, Jackson had an outpouring of support from her fellow islanders who eagerly await her return and will watch her hockey career continue with pride.
Here is the video of Jackson poking in a goal during a scrimmage game.