Yukon Goalie Jocelyn Wynnyk Makes 45 Saves Despite Loss to Manitoba

Yukon 0 – Manitoba 19

Halifax, N.S. – The young squad from the Yukon suffered another tough shootout loss Monday morning, this time 19-0 to Manitoba at the Halifax Metro Centre.

But with an average age of 14.6, the team from the northern territory is the youngest team at the 2011 Canada Winter Games women’s hockey tournament, and have worked hard to make to an exciting national competition we’re they’re facing off against many of the top young female players in the country –  including 19 members of the National Women’s Under-18 Team that won silver at the 2011 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship this January in Stockholm, Sweden.

The girls from the Yukon, who all play on the Northern Avalanche of the Yukon Amateur Hockey Association will get a great chance to develop their skills while at the Canada Winter Games, in addition to playing against the likes of Shelby Bram (Ste. Anne, Man.) and Meghan Dufault (Winnipeg, Man.), the two players from Manitoba who played on Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team this season.

Bram contributed five assists and Dufault had two goals and an assist in Manitoba’s 19-0 romping of the Yukon. Kayleigh Wiens (Winkler, Man.) pocketed seven points, including four goals and three assists, Jennifer More (Deloraine, Man.) had a hat trick and two assists, while Ashleigh Brykaliuk (Brandon, Man.) added a hat trick and a helper of her own in the victory.

The tiny but determined Yukon forwards fought hard for the puck, with one young player finding a breakaway and letting a wrist shot go on the Manitoba net, and Yukon netminder Jocelyn Wynnyk (Marsh Lake, Y.T.) faced an impressive 64 shots over three periods of play.

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