Ringette competition remains intense at 2011 Canada Winter Games

Halifax, NS – February 13, 2011 – While Alberta is the only team to remain undefeated at the 2011 Canada Winter Games it is still anybody’s game, with plenty of close competition taking place Cole Harbour Place today.

PEI played their first game this morning, but faced a tough 8-1 loss to Alberta. Montague’s Rebecca Collings picked up the lone goal for PEI. Jillian Basterash (St. Albert), Jocelyn Stock (Calgary) and Danielle Pronovost (Onoway) all scored pairs for Alberta, with singles coming from Emily Webb and Shaundra Bruvall, both from Calgary.

Ontario was favored going into the match-up against British Columbia, but the west coast underdogs made an impressive comeback and won 5-4 in overtime. Ontario was up 3-2 at the half, British Columbia responded with two and then Ontario’s Samantha Nosal (St. Clements) tied it up to force overtime. Salmon Arm’s Erika Lipsett scored the overtime winner for BC.

Another close game took place when Quebec and Saskatchewan met this afternoon. Tied 1-1 at the half, the teams rallied back and forth in the second and with 19 seconds left in the game with a score of 4-4, Laval’s Genevieve Pepper popped in a goal to secure the 5-4 win for Quebec.

In the last game of the day, Manitoba downed New Brunswick 8-2. Bouctouche’s Martine Caissie scored the pair for New Brunswick while Winnipeg’s Melissa Sieben was the leading scorer for Manitoba with two goals and an assist.

Final scores for February 13:

Alberta 8 PEI 1

BC 5 Ontario 4 OT

Quebec 5 Saskatchewan 4

Manitoba 8 New Brunswick 2

Tomorrow, Monday February 14, another four games will be played. The schedule is as follows (all times Atlantic Standard Time):

9:00 am – BC vs. QC

11:30 am – PEI vs. NS

2:00 pm – ON vs. SK

4:30 pm – AB vs. NB

About Ringette

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.

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