Halifax, NS – February 15, 2011 – Round-robin play has finished up at the 2011 Canada Winter Games and teams will now move on to the qualification round. Despite having some rather close calls, Alberta managed to remain undefeated throughout round-robin play and claimed the top spot in Pool B. Manitoba claimed second place in Pool B, while Nova Scotia placed third, New Brunswick placed fourth and PEI came in fifth.
In today’s first game, Manitoba dealt Nova Scotia their first loss with a 4-1 score in front of a packed house. Melissa Sieben (Winnipeg), Lauren Morse (Starbuck), Sylvie Piche (La Broquerie) and Sarah Lesperance (Winnipeg) all picked up singles for Manitoba, while Lower Sackville’s Krista Vey scored the lone goal for Nova Scotia.
New Brunswick shutout Prince Edward Island 6-0 in the second game of the day, with Bouctouche’s Martine Caissie picking up a hat trick and an assist. Dieppe’s Jasmine LeBlanc recorded the shutout between the pipes for New Brunswick.
Nova Scotia met up with Alberta later in the day and while they netted the first goal of the game and were only trailing by one goal after the first period, Alberta went on to beat the hometown favorites 8-2. Alberta’s Danielle Pronovost (Onoway) scored a pair and an assist and Fort Saskatchewan’s Kelsey Hupka picked up two. Krista Vey and Morgan McLellan (Herring Cove) scored the Nova Scotia goals.
In the last game of the day, Manitoba dealt Prince Edward Island a tough 11-4 loss, with Melissa Sieben, Lauren Morse and Sarah Lesperance all scoring two goals and an assist in the game.
Final scores for February 15:
Manitoba 4 Nova Scotia 1
New Brunswick 6 PEI 0
Alberta 8 Nova Scotia 2
Manitoba 11 PEI 4
Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 16, five games will be played. The schedule is as follows (all times Atlantic Standard Time):
9:00 am – PEI vs. BC
11:30 am – SK vs. MB
2:00 pm – NS vs. QC
4:30 pm – NB vs. ON
7:00 pm – Winner of PEI vs. BC game vs. Alberta
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