DMITROV, RUSSIA - On Saturday, six Shattuck-St. Mary’s girls hockey players were awarded a gold medal after a 9-3 victory against Sweden in the championship game of the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship in Dmitrov, Russia.
Hannah Bilka ‘19, Hadley Hartmetz ‘19, Casey O’Brien ‘20, Gracie Ostertag ‘18, Ally Simpson ‘19, and Makenna Webster ‘20 represented the Sabres well as they combined for a total of six goals and 17 assists in the tournament, averaging 4.6 points per game.
The win over Sweden gave the United States its third consecutive title at the event and seventh title in the 11-year history of the tournament. Ostertag, who was a member of Team USA in 2016 and 2017, marked her third gold medal in the victory and Simpson marked her second.
Maggie Connors '18 and Courtney Vorster '18, who represented Team Canada, took home the bronze.
“This year marked a new high for Shattuck-St. Mary’s girls playing in the U18 Women's World Championship. The two Canadiens, Courtney Vorster and Maggie Connors, played with great distinction for their country. In the end, however, our American participants lead a tremendously skilled and driven team, each making tremendous contributions at their positions,” said Director of Hockey and Girls Prep coach, Gordie Stafford.