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Team Canada has won the 2013 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, with a 2–1 win over the United States. Canada won it in the just about the most dramatic way possible, tying it with 12 seconds left and then winning it in overtime. This is Canada’s third title. The United States won silver, and Sweden won bronze for the fourth time.

The final rankings are as follows:

  1. Canada
  2. United States
  3. Sweden
  4. Czech Republic
  5. Finland
  6. Hungary
  7. Russia
  8. Germany – relegated to Division I for 2013.

As can be seen, I didn’t really make much in the way of predictions, but those I did make mostly either blatantly obvious or completely wrong. The only one I got right was Russia winning the relegation round again.

Unless there is a change in format, the likely groups for the next tournament are:

Pool A Pool B
Canada United States
Czech Republic Sweden
Finland Hungary
Japan Russia

The Division I tournament is currently ongoing, and will conclude January 8. It’s winner will be promoted and take the remaining spot. The location of the 2014 competition will be announced later this year.

And lastly, a big thumbs down to the IIHF for holding this tournament in late December/early January. As it is currently scheduled, it is “buried” behind another tournament that has a significantly higher profile. This is completely unnecessary. The IIHF routinely holds lower division tournaments later in January. The U18 Women’s World should be moved to later in January. If this is done, the U18 Women’s won’t be “buried”, while at the same time requiring minimal changes to the way other tournaments are scheduled. This way, the IIHF won’t be, you know, totally missing the net on how it promotes this competition.

Update 2013–1–8: Team Japan won the Division I tournament and was promoted. They will play in Group A and I have updated the table to indicate that.

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