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Tarakanova named MVP

Tarakanova named MVP

Muller, Barnes, Soderberg win Directorate Awards

Published 16.01.2016 00:13 GMT-5 | Author Andrew Podnieks
Tarakanova named MVP
ST. CATHARINES, CANADA - JANUARY 15: Russia's Fanuza Kadirova #17, Nina Pirogova #13 and Valeria Tarakanova #1 were named the Top Three Players of their team following a 2-1 bronze medal game loss to Sweden at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/HHOF-IIHF Images)
Russian goaltender named best player at WW18

Valeria Tarakanova was named the tournament MVP. She is the first goaltender so honoured at the WW18. Sheh played in all six of her team's games, allowed 14 goals and earned one shutout and posted a GAA of 2.91 despite playing Canada twice and the United States once.

Directorate Awards

Best Goalie—Emma Soderberg, SWE

Best Defenceman—Cayla Barnes, USA

Best Forward—Alina Muller, SUI

All-Star Team

Goaltender – Emma Soderberg, SWE

Defence – Cayla Barnes, USA & Jessica Adolfsson, SWE

Forwards – Ashton Bell, CAN; Alina Muller, SUI; Fanuza Kadirova, RUS

Scoring Leaders

Goals—Alina Muller, SUI (7)

Assists—Rahel Enzler, SUI; Jessica Adolfsson, SWE (6)

Points—Alina Muller, SUI (10)


The final attendance for WW18 is 34,520 for 21 games, a new record. The single-game attendance record is now 5,516.


See you at WW18 in 2017 at a location to be announced later. The groups will be:


Group B: CZE, FIN, SUI, JPN*

*will officially win Division I tomorrow (January 16, 2016)


The senior Women’s World Championship will be held in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada from 28 March to 4 April, 2016.


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