Halifax, NS – February 17, 2011 – Alberta remained undefeated, downing Quebec 4-3 in semi-final play today, and will go for gold tomorrow at the Canada Winter Games. They will meet up with Ontario, who beat Saskatchewan 5-2 in today’s second semi-final game. Quebec and Saskatchewan will battle it out for bronze.
In the first semi-final game, Alberta opened the scoring and had a 3-0 lead at the half. Although Quebec came out strong in the second period and tied it up, Calgary’s Emily Webb managed to dump in the game-winning goal for a final score of 4-3.
Ontario opened the scoring with two goals in the second semi-final game. While Saskatchewan managed to get two back in the second, London’s Sammy McIntosh scored three in a row to give the defending Canada Winter Game champions a 5-3 win and a ticket to the gold medal game tomorrow.
In placement games earlier this morning, Manitoba beat New Brunswick 4-2 and Nova Scotia downed British Columbia 5-2. Further placement games will take place tomorrow morning, with New Brunswick playing British Columbia and Manitoba meeting Nova Scotia.
Final scores for February 17:
MB 4 NB 2
NS 5 BC 2
AB 4 QC 3
ON 5 SK 2
Tomorrow, Friday, February 18, four games will be played. The schedule is as follows (all times Atlantic Standard Time):
9:00 am – NB vs. BC – placement game
11:30 am – MB vs. NS – placement game
2:00 pm – SK vs. QC – bronze-medal game
4:30 pm – ON vs. AB – gold-medal game
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