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Team Canada wins gold at U-18 women's world championship

Former Fort St. John product Brooke Disher calls it "surreal...a dream come true."
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Team Canada and former Fort St. John product Brooke Disher (back left) celebrate after winning the 2022 U-18 womens world championship June 13, 2022.

If hockey doesn't work out for Brooke Disher, she may want to become a psychic.

Then again, maybe she is already.

"I just woke up this morning with a feeling," said the 17-year-old just two hours after the Canadian under-18 womens team took gold, beating the U.S. 3-2 in the final of the world championships in Wisconsin Monday night.

"It feels surreal. It's a dream come true."

For Disher, who started playing hockey in the North Peace, and her teammates, it would prove to be the hardest game they'd play in the eight-team tournament.

Canada actually led 3-0, in this one, until late in the second when the Americans would score twice in seven seconds to make it a one-goal affair.

But, it would be goaltender Mari Pietersen who would hold the U.S. at bay, turning aside all 10 shots she faced in the final frame, preserving the lead and a gold medal for Team Canada.

"Wow! Just, wow! She's awesome. Played steady for us in the tournament. She was solid," said Disher.

The two, as it turns out, will play together on Boston University's ladies team, starting in the fall.

And how are mom and dad, brother and two sets of grandparents, who were all at the game, feeling about all of this?

"They're all super excited, super proud of me. I haven't had a chance to talk to them all yet. Haven't had the time. Hopefully, I get some time tomorrow (Tuesday).

And, to those in Fort St. John where it all started for the Team Canada captain?

"Thanks everyone for watching and cheering us all on. We really appreciate it."