Vernon’s Anne Cherkowski and Team Canada have advanced to semifinals at World Women’s U18 Hockey Championships in Japan. (Pursuit of Excellence photo)

Anne Cherkowski of Vernon scores once as Canada advances

Canada beats Russia 5-1 to advance to semifinals at World Women’s Under 18 Hockey Championships

Vernon’s Anne Cherkowski scored once as Canada clinched a semifinal spot at the Women’s World Under 18 Hockey Championships in Obihiro, Japan, Tuesday, with a 5-1 win over Russia.

It was Cherkowski’s first goal of the championships. She scored against Russia in a pre-tournament game.

Canada finished preliminary round play with a 2-1 record, and receive a bye to the semifinals with the U.S., who went 3-0.

Alexie Guay had a goal and two assists for Canada, who will play the winner of a quarterfinal match between Russia and Switzerland in a semifinal Saturday.

RELATED: Vernon hockey product nets game-winner for Team Canada

Sweden will take on Finland in the other quarterfinal, with the winner playing the U.S.

The championship game is Sunday.

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