Ontario 3 – Quebec 2 (Shootout)
Halifax, N.S. – With all eyes in the Metro Centre on her, Emily Fulton (Stratford, Ont.) kept her cool and skated calmly down the ice, picking just the right moment to fire the puck into the back of the Quebec net to help Ontario to its 3-2 semifinal shootout win Friday, which earned the defending champions a spot in Saturday’s gold medal game.
Fulton was the third Ontario shooter, and first and only to score, in the shootout that came as a result of a closely played, fast-paced game between two of the top young female provincial hockey teams in the country. Fans in the stands, and watching online via BellAliant, got to see one of the most exciting women’s hockey matchups at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax.
Neither team could get it past the goal line in the first, but with less than five minutes to go in the second, Rebecca Kohler (St. Thomas, Ont.) fired it into the five-hole to give Ontario a 1-0 lead going into the third period.
Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ont.) added another on a powerplay by picking up her own rebound and flipping it over Quebec netminder Ann-Renée Desbiens at 4:11 in the third. But any relief Ontario may have felt with its 2-0 advantage dissipated quickly as the period progressed, with Nicole Gass (Cookshire Eaton, Que.) getting her province on the scoresheet at 7:44 and Sarah Lefort (Ormstown, Que.) tying it up at two-apiece in the last minute of regulation time. Desbiens faced 34 shots in three periods.
Overtime came and went, and so too did Fulton’s chance to become her team’s superhero of the game. She would not let them down – Ontario will play for its fifth straight gold medal at the Canada Winter Games when the puck drops on the battle for bragging rights against a yet-to-be determined opponent at 7:30 p.m. AT, 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. Catch it live on TSN2.