BC Shuts Out Newfoundland to Earn First Win in Women’s Hockey at 2011 Canada Games

British Columbia 4 – Newfoundland 0

Dartmouth, N.S. – Julia McKinnon (Kelowna, B.C.) pocketed three points, including two goals, in British Columbia’s 4-0 win over Newfoundland at the Sportsplex on Tuesday afternoon, giving her team its first win of the 2011 Canada Winter Games.

The squad from the west coast riddled the east coast netminder Ayla Frank (Labrador City, N.L.) with 61 shots total over three periods, including 29 in the first and 16 in both the second and third periods.

Nicole Saxvik (North Vancouver, B.C.) cracked the scoreboard for B.C. at 6:38 in the first, making it 1-0 going into the intermission. British Columbia continued to fire rockets at the stellar Frank, who held off McKinnon until four minutes into the second, when McKinnon doubled the score on a Kirsten Toth (Aldergrove,  B.C.) pass. McKinnon widened the gap to 3-0 almost exactly a period later, at 4:30 in the third, this time unassisted and on a powerplay.

McKinnon continued to shine on the ice, feeding the puck to fellow forward Kristin Huber (Kelowna, B.C.) at 12:10 in the period to snag the 4-0 win, and three points in the standings for British Columbia.

B.C. will try for another three when it takes on Saskatchewan in the Pool A morning game Wednesday, while Newfoundland and Labrador will face a difficult challenge when it takes on defending Canada Winter Games gold medal winning Ontario in the afternoon game at the Dartmouth Sportsplex.

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