Halifax, NS – February 14, 2011 – Rings are not uncommon on Valentine’s Day and while they are usually cherished and held onto, this was not the case at Cole Harbour Place today. The rings were going straight in the net as ringette teams at the Canada Winter Games fought hard to make important wins in round-robin play.
Quebec downed British Columbia 5-2 in the first game of the day with Laval’s Genevieve Pepper posting a pair and singles coming from Marie-Laurence Tauvette (Laval), Jade Abboud (Laval) and Kristel Morin (Gatineau).
Nova Scotia continued their winning streak, beating Prince Edward Island 8-3. Berwick’s Lauren Morse scored a pair and picked up an assist for Nova Scotia, while her teammate Lily Barton (Ottawa) picked up a single and three assists.
Ontario downed Saskatchewan 4-1 and clinched first place in Pool A. Nepean’s Kelsey Youldon scored a pair, while singles came from Mitchell’s Emily Bakker and Ottawa’s Alex Bateman. Regina’s Amanda Dacey scored the lone goal for Saskatchewan.
Pool A rankings are set after today’s games with Ontario in first, Quebec in second, Saskatchewan in third and British Columbia in fourth. Pool B rankings will be known following tomorrow’s games.
The last game of the day was a nail biter when the underdogs from New Brunswick almost went to overtime against Alberta. Calgary’s Shaundra Bruvall sunk the tie-breaking winner in the net with four seconds left in the game for a final score of 6-5. Alberta has gone undefeated in round-robin play. New Brunswick goalie Isabelle Doiron (Cap Pele) was phenomenal between the pipes, facing 41 shots in the game while Bouctouche’s Martine Caissie picked up a hat trick.
Final scores for February 14:
Quebec 5 BC 2
Nova Scotia 8 PEI 3
Ontario 4 Saskatchewan 1
Alberta 6 New Brunswick 5
Tomorrow, Tuesday February 15, another four games will be played. The schedule is as follows (all times Atlantic Standard Time):
9:00 am – MB vs. NS
11:30 am – NB vs. PEI
2:00 pm – NS vs. AB
4:30 pm – PEI 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.