Halifax, NS – Nova Scotia, Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan all came away with wins on opening day ringette action at the 2011 Canada Winter Games today in Halifax. Nova Scotia opened the competition posting an 8-5 win over New Brunswick in front of a sold out crowd at Cole Harbour Place. Herring Cove’s Taylor Dempsey and Lower Sackville’s Krista Vey each picked up pairs in the game with singles coming from Lily Barton (Ottawa), Morgan McLellan (Herring Cove), Julia Burton (Hammons Plains) and Emily Henneberry (Halifax).
Ontario posted a 4-1 win over Quebec with singles coming from Emily Bakker (Mitchell), Kaylee Whitcroft (Dorchester), Paige Nosal (St. Clements) and Erika Kiviaho (Whitefish).
An exciting match-up took place in the afternoon between Alberta and Manitoba. Manitoba led 3-1 at the half and then Alberta came back to tie the game and then win 5-4 in overtime. St. Albert’s Jillian Basterash scored two, including the overtime winner and singles came from Emily Webb (Calgary), Shaundra Bruvall (Calgary), and Christianne Varty (Calgary).
In the last game of the day, Saskatchewan downed British Columbia 10-5. Regina’s Kailee Karchewski scored a pair while Amanda Dacey, also from Regina, scored two goals and three assists. Regina’s Alysha McEachern scored one and assisted on four.
Final scores for February 12:
Nova Scotia 8 New Brunswick 5
Ontario 4 Quebec 1
Alberta 5 Manitoba 4 (OT)
Saskatchewan10 British Columbia 5
Tomorrow, Sunday February 13, another four games will be played. The schedule is as follows (all times Atlantic Standard Time):
9:00 am – AB vs. PEI
11:30 am – BC vs. ON
2:00 pm – SK vs. QC
4:30 pm – NB vs. MB
Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently nearly 29,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada with over 2,400 officials and 5,000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in half a dozen other countries around the world. Ringette has been designated a Heritage Sport by Sport Canada and as part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada Web site at www.ringette.ca.