Steele ecstatic with gold medal

Jason Malloy
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Stratford native played for Team Canada at world under-18 hockey championship

Sarah Steele is coming home from Finland with a gold medal.

The 17-year-old Stratford native was part of the Canadian team that won the world under-18 women’s hockey championship Saturday. They defeated the United States 2-1 in overtime.

“I don’t’ even remember how the goal went in,” she told The Guardian about an hour after the game ended. “Everyone just jumped on the ice and jumped on the goalie. Gloves and sticks were flying. Everybody was really happy.”

Jennifer Ryan gave the Americans a 1-0 lead at 18:04 of the first period. Canada was outshot 20-1 in the period.

“We were kind of down, but we picked it up in the second period,” Steele said. “We gained momentum and just kept fighting to the end.”

Catherine Dubois tied the game with 13 seconds to go in the third and Karly Heffernan won it 58 seconds into overtime.

"We played with a lot of passion and heart today and I’m really proud." Sarah Steele, Team Canada defenceman

“We played with a lot of passion and heart today and I’m really proud,” Steele said.

The team was heading back to its hotel for a few hours before catching flights home. Steele is heading back to Ontario where she is attending Appleby College. She has class Monday.

“I’m just proud to say that I am Canadian and I represented my country on a world stage,” Steele said.

The defenceman had three assists during the five-game tournament. She previously told The Guardian her goal was to play for an Ivy League school, where she hoped to purse a career as a pediatrician.

For more see Monday’s print edition of The Guardian.

Organizations: Appleby College, Team Canada

Geographic location: Stratford, Finland, Canada Ontario

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  • Mel
    January 05, 2013 - 18:34

    Once again we leave it to the gals to get it done. Congrats to Sarah and the rest of the team for a great job and making us proud.

  • rob
    January 05, 2013 - 17:32

    Touching her stats for the tourney...her position, what she studies and her career goals would have made this worthy of publishing. Congrats on your Gold Sarah!