Ontario 1 – Alberta 4
Dartmouth, N.S. – Alberta upset Canada Winter Games defending champions Ontario 4-1 in Tuesday night’s action at the Sportsplex, with four different players scoring all four of the winning team’s goals on powerplays during the latter half of the second period.
Starting at 12:52 in the period, the goals came in quick succession for Alberta, the first from blueliner Taryn Baumgardt (Innisfail, Alta.), who jumped on the man advantage for the first goal of the game. Ontario’s frustration immediately showed, sending another player to the box and giving Alberta another powerplay that wouldn’t be wasted, with Erika Sowchuk (Cochrane, Alta.) putting her team up 2-0 at 14:24 in the second. Ontario continued to trade penalties for goals, with Melissa Kueber (St. Alberta, Alta.) making it 3-0 at 15:22 and Karlee Odland (Vauxhaull, Alta.) scoring her goal with a mere second left in the period.
Ontario regrouped during the intermission and finally showed up for the game in the third, with Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ont.) finding the back of the net for her team midway through the period, with the assist going to Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ont.). But it was too little, too late for Ontario, and Alberta claimed the victory – and three points in the standings – in Tuesday’s final game of the day.
Wednesday marks the last day of preliminary action for women’s hockey at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, with five games on the schedule.