Fans witness thrilling ringette at Canada Winter Games quarterfinals

Halifax, NS – February 16, 2011 – With everything on the line, ringette athletes came out to win and fans were treated to some exciting quarterfinal games at Cole Harbour Place today.

In the early morning game, British Columbia downed Prince Edward Island 10-3 to move onto the quarterfinal against Alberta later in the day. Salmon Arm’s Erika Lipsett and Maple Ridge’s Samantha Gropp each picked up five points in the game, while Langley’s Chantelle Fawcett picked up a hat trick.

In the biggest upset of the day, Saskatchewan beat Manitoba 3-2. Stephanie Zimmer, Alysha McEachern and Kailee Karchewski, all from Regina, posted singles, with the Manitoba goals coming from Jena Gallant (Winnipeg) and Sylvie Piche (La Broquerie). Carmen Agar (Emerald Park) made some stellar saves to keep Saskatchewan in the lead near the end of the game.

Despite having a full house of fans, Nova Scotia was not able to pull off a win and Quebec downed the hometown favorites 8-3. Montreal’s Natali St-Germain posted a hat trick for Quebec and Nova Scotia singles came from Brittany Avery (Hammonds Plains), Paige Grandbois (Ottawa) and Morgan McLellan (Herring Cove).

When Ontario and New Brunswick met up, Ontario opened the scoring with three goals. Bouctouche’s Martine Caissie then scored an impressive three goals in 57 seconds. Ontario went on to beat New Brunswick 12-5. Mitchell’s Emily Bakker posted a hat trick and two assists and Dorchester’s Kaylee Whitcroft scored a hat trick.

In the last game of the day, Alberta beat British Columbia 10-3. Kelsey Hupka (Fort Saskatchewan), Danielle Provonost (Onoway) and Alexandra Saizew (Calgary) all posted a pair of goals and an assist, and Calgary’s Emily Webb picked up two goals.

Quebec will meet Alberta and Saskatchewan will meet Ontario in semi-final play tomorrow.

Final scores for February 16:

BC 10 PEI 3

SK 3 MB 2

QC 8 NS 3

ON 12 NB 5

AB 10 BC 3

Tomorrow, Thursday, February 17, four games will be played. The schedule is as follows (all times Atlantic Standard Time):

9:00 am – NB vs. MB – placement game

11:30 am – BC vs. NS – placement game

2:00 pm – QC vs. AB – semi-final game

4:30 pm – SK vs. ON – semi-final game

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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