Ontario 5 – Saskatchewan 1
Dartmouth, N.S. – The Saskatchewan bench erupted into cheers Monday afternoon when Kennedy Ottenbreit-Daunheimer opened the scoring in her team’s game against the defending Canada Winter Games championship team inside the Dartmouth Sportsplex, but the 5-1 game belonged to Ontario in the end.
Ottenbreit-Daunheimer scored at 7:14 in the first, with help from fellow forwards Sara Greschner (Dodsland, Sask.) and Taylor Woods (Wilcox, Sask.), to put the Prairie province up 1-0; however, the excitement from the team that finished fourth at the 2007 Games would be short-lived, as Kayla Raniwsky (Windsor, Ont.) notched an unassisted marker less than a minute and a half later to kick off a scoring trend for Ontario that continued through all three periods.
Fans watched in anticipation from the stands as Saskatchewan struggled to keep the game close, but Emily Fulton (Stratford, Ont.) scored the game winner at 2:17 in the second, and went on to assist fellow Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team member Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ont.) at 15:14 in the period. Ambrose made it 3-1 for Ontario by getting her stick on the puck mid-fall in front of the net, getting just enough handle on to slide it over the goal line on the left side of the net.
Hailey Browne (Oakville, Ont.) made it 4-1 at 6:42 in the third and Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ont.) capped it off at 5-1 midway through the period, with Fulton getting her third point of the night on the assist. The teams played in front of an enthusiastic crowd, and in front of a television audience thanks to TSN2’s live broadcast from Halifax.