Vancouver Island’s Morgan Jackson helps Team Canada win gold at women’s U18 championship

Vancouver Island's Morgan Jackson helps Team Canada win gold at women's U18 championship
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Vancouver Island's Morgan Jackson helped Team Canada win gold at the women's world under-18 hockey championship Sunday.

Vancouver Island’s own Morgan Jackson is sporting a new gold medal.

The Shawnigan Lake School student from Courtenay helped Team Canada rout Sweden 10-0 to claim its second consecutive gold win at the women’s world under-18 hockey championship Sunday.

Sixteen-year-old Jackson, a grade 11 student at Shawnigan, is a product of the Comox Valley minor hockey system and was the lone Island representative on the Canadian team, states a news release from the school.

“What an incredible accomplishment for Morgan,” Carly Haggard, Shawnigan U18 Prep girls’ head coach, said Monday.

“She has worked so hard and deserves it. Shawnigan Lake School is extremely proud of her. She has a very bright future ahead of her!”

Jackson, who appeared in all five games for Canada, also earned accolades for her two-way play and penalty-killing abilities.

“Her ice time increased steadily over the course of the tournament as she earned opportunities to play in high-stakes situations,” read the release.

“She capped off her tournament with more than 15 minutes of action in the gold-medal game against Sweden, and nearly made it 11-0 for Canada late in the third period.”

The United States, meanwhile, defeated Finland 5-0 to grab bronze earlier Sunday after being unable to play for gold due to a 2-1 semifinal loss to Sweden the day prior. 

Jackson is set to return to Shawnigan’s U18 prep girls’ team this coming Saturday, Jan. 21 for a two-game set against Delta Hockey Academy.

-With files from The Canadian Press


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