Carmen MacDonald of nearby Bay View is a world hockey gold medalist.
MacDonald was in goal Saturday in Chicago and stopped 37 shots as Canada edged the U.S. 5-4 in overtime during the IIHF’s under-18 women’s hockey championship.
Jessica Campbell scored 3:10 into overtime as Canada came back from a 3-1 deficit in the first period and trailed 4-3 before they tied the game in the third period to force extra time.
Jillian Saulnier of Halifax, the only Nova Scotian besides MacDonald on Canada’s roster, assisted on one goal in the second period.
Canada outshot the U.S. 50-41 over the game.
“It was exciting,” said MacDonald’s aunt Kim Quann of Pictou.
“Our family watched all the games. We were pleased Carmen got to play, especially in the championship game.”
MacDonald, who attends Westminster Prep School in Connecticut, stopped 12 shots and posted her second shutout of the tournament last Friday as Canada blanked Germany 10-0 to advance to the gold medal match.
Canada led 2-0 after one period and 3-0 entering the third period when Campbell and Saulnier helped Canada’s onslaught with two goals and one assist apiece.
The Canadians opened their quest March 27 with a 6-3 victory over Russia, while outshooting their opponents 60-7.
MacDonald collected her first shutout as Canada outshot Germany 46-14 in a 15-0 March 28.
She split time in goal March 30 and made nine saves as Canada blanked Sweden 8-0.