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Okanagan athletes help Canada win gold at World Hockey Championships

Team Canada defeated Team USA in the final of the U18 Men’s Hockey World Championships

Two Central Okanagan hockey players return home from the U18 World Championships in Finland with gold medals.

Lake Country’s Tij Iginla and Kelowna’s Ryder Ritchie assisted in Team Canada’s victory in the final against Team USA

The Americans were first on the scoreboard in the first period with one goal.

Ritchie tied things at 1-1 for Team Canada early in the second and Iginla assisted on a goal by Gavin McKenna to end the period at 2-2.

Things picked up in the final period as Canada defeated the US 14 to 4.

Iginla and Ritchie both collected assists in the third. Iginla scored a power-play goal at 14:19 of the third.

The US team scored shortly afterwards, before withdrawing their goalkeeper.

The final goal of the match was an empty-netter, scored by Canadian game director McKenna. Canada took home the gold with a 6-4 victory.

Iginla scored six goals and six assists during the tournament, while Ritchie finished the championships with four goals and four assists.

In the semi-finals, Iginla was named Player of the Game after Canada defeated Sweden 5–4.

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