Ontario takes ringette gold at Canada Winter Games

Halifax, NS – February 18, 2011 – The defending champions from Ontario will go home with gold after downing previously undefeated Team Alberta 8-7 in an exciting overtime final at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax.

Samantha Nosal (St. Clements) scored the winner 13 minutes into overtime, assisted by Samantha McIntosh (London) and Sydney Granger (Dorchester). Ashley Miller (St. Mary’s) faced 32 shots between the pipes for Ontario and Breanna Beck (Red Deer) fielded 52 shots. The game was officiated by Brent Bunting (Barrie) and Janyce Gunn (Oshawa).

“There was a bit of pressure and we knew we had a good team so it was going to come down to who wanted it most. It could have gone either way,” said Nosal just after receiving her gold medal. Nosal, who celebrated her 18th birthday today, has big aspirations in ringette. “Some day I would love to play on the national team and in the National Ringette League.”

In the bronze medal final, Quebec downed Saskatchewan 6-5. Laval’s Genevieve Pepper scored two goals and three assists and her teammate Kim Aspirot (Montreal) posted a pair of goals and two assists. Gatineau’s Claudie Carpentier faced 31 shots between the pipes for Quebec and Emerald Park’s Carmen Agar faced 38 shots for Saskatchewan. Regina’s Kailee Karchewski picked up two goals and an assist for Saskatchewan. The game was officiated by Benoit Ducharme (Montreal) and Lorie Grant (Kitchener).

In placement games earlier this morning, New Brunswick beat British Columbia 6-3 and Manitoba downed Nova Scotia 11-4.

Final scores for February 18:

NB 6 BC 3

MB 11 NS 4

QC 6 SK 5

ON 8 AB 7 (overtime)

Final standings:

Gold: Ontario

Silver: Alberta

Bronze: Quebec

4th: Saskatchewan

5th: Manitoba

6th: Nova Scotia

7th: New Brunswick

8th: British Columbia

9th: Prince Edward Island

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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