Friday, 1st March 2019

It was an exciting day in women’s hockey, as teams battled for placement before the final day of competition in the Canada Winter Games.

The first game of the day saw a battle of the Maritime Provinces, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador, ending in a shootout where P.E.I. came out on top. Standing out on the ice for Newfoundland & Labrador was Abigail Newhook who recorded two goals, but unfortunately N.L. skaters weren’t able to get past goaltender Maggie Johnston in the shootout. The hero of the day for P.E.I. was Lexie Murphy who got past Kaylee Hurley to take the game.

Another game with some free hockey saw Manitoba win in overtime against New Brunswick. It was a hard fought battle between the two teams, with new Brunswick tying up the game 2-2 with under 10 minutes to go. Kaila Powell was the overtime hero coming in clutch for Manitoba, scoring off an assist from Kylie Lesuk.

Looking to the north, the Yukon fell to the Northwest Territories 5-2. Kyra McDonald had a standout game with two goals and an assist for team NWT, while her teammate Abby Webster was hot on her heels with two goals.

The semi-final game between Alberta and British Columbia was an intense battle through 60 minutes. After two periods of play and no goals, Alberta’s Kassy Betinol broke the ice two minutes into the third, but was followed quickly by a goal from B.C.’s Jenna Buglioni. Headed into overtime, it took just over a minute before Sarah Wozniewicz sent team Alberta into the gold medal game with a shot firing past Kiara Stecko.

Another hard battle semi-final saw Ontario squaring off against Québec. Brianna Ware from Québec was credited with the game-winning goal just a minute and 45 seconds into the first period. That goal stood up to win a ticket to the gold medal game for Québec. Despite the loss, Ontario’s goaltender, Kayle Osborne, can hold her head high after a 0.944 save percentage in the semi-final.

In the final game of the day, we saw Saskatchewan win 3-1 over Nova Scotia. Grace Shirley stood out for Saskatchewan, potting two goals, while Kaitlin Jockims snagged an empty-netter with under a minute to go in the third. Nova Scotia’s lone goal came off the stick of Maggy Burbidge, while N.S. goaltender Maddie Beck faced 35 shots from the prairie province, and ended the game with a 0.943 save percentage.