Ontario takes ringette gold at Canada Winter Games

Halifax, NS – February 18, 2011 – The defending champions from Ontario will go home with gold after downing previously undefeated Team Alberta 8-7 in an exciting overtime final at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax.

Samantha Nosal (St. Clements) scored the winner 13 minutes into overtime, assisted by Samantha McIntosh (London) and Sydney Granger (Dorchester). Ashley Miller (St. Mary’s) faced 32 shots between the pipes for Ontario and Breanna Beck (Red Deer) fielded 52 shots. The game was officiated by Brent Bunting (Barrie) and Janyce Gunn (Oshawa).

“There was a bit of pressure and we knew we had a good team so it was going to come down to who wanted it most. It could have gone either way,” said Nosal just after receiving her gold medal. Nosal, who celebrated her 18th birthday today, has big aspirations in ringette. “Some day I would love to play on the national team and in the National Ringette League.”

In the bronze medal final, Quebec downed Saskatchewan 6-5. Laval’s Genevieve Pepper scored two goals and three assists and her teammate Kim Aspirot (Montreal) posted a pair of goals and two assists. Gatineau’s Claudie Carpentier faced 31 shots between the pipes for Quebec and Emerald Park’s Carmen Agar faced 38 shots for Saskatchewan. Regina’s Kailee Karchewski picked up two goals and an assist for Saskatchewan. The game was officiated by Benoit Ducharme (Montreal) and Lorie Grant (Kitchener).

In placement games earlier this morning, New Brunswick beat British Columbia 6-3 and Manitoba downed Nova Scotia 11-4.

Final scores for February 18:

NB 6 BC 3

MB 11 NS 4

QC 6 SK 5

ON 8 AB 7 (overtime)

Final standings:

Gold: Ontario

Silver: Alberta

Bronze: Quebec

4th: Saskatchewan

5th: Manitoba

6th: Nova Scotia

7th: New Brunswick

8th: British Columbia

9th: Prince Edward Island

About Ringette

Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently nearly 29,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada with over 2,400 officials and 5,000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in half a dozen other countries around the world. Ringette has been designated a Heritage Sport by Sport Canada and as part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada Web site at www.ringette.ca.

Alberta and Ontario go for ringette gold at Canada Winter Games

Halifax, NS – February 17, 2011 – Alberta remained undefeated, downing Quebec 4-3 in semi-final play today, and will go for gold tomorrow at the Canada Winter Games. They will meet up with Ontario, who beat Saskatchewan 5-2 in today’s second semi-final game. Quebec and Saskatchewan will battle it out for bronze.

In the first semi-final game, Alberta opened the scoring and had a 3-0 lead at the half. Although Quebec came out strong in the second period and tied it up, Calgary’s Emily Webb managed to dump in the game-winning goal for a final score of 4-3.

Ontario opened the scoring with two goals in the second semi-final game. While Saskatchewan managed to get two back in the second, London’s Sammy McIntosh scored three in a row to give the defending Canada Winter Game champions a 5-3 win and a ticket to the gold medal game tomorrow.

In placement games earlier this morning, Manitoba beat New Brunswick 4-2 and Nova Scotia downed British Columbia 5-2. Further placement games will take place tomorrow morning, with New Brunswick playing British Columbia and Manitoba meeting Nova Scotia.

Final scores for February 17:

MB 4 NB 2

NS 5 BC 2

AB 4 QC 3

ON 5 SK 2

Tomorrow, Friday, February 18, four games will be played. The schedule is as follows (all times Atlantic Standard Time):

9:00 am – NB vs. BC – placement game

11:30 am – MB vs. NS – placement game

2:00 pm – SK vs. QC – bronze-medal game

4:30 pm – ON vs. AB – gold-medal game

About Ringette

Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently nearly 29,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada with over 2,400 officials and 5,000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in half a dozen other countries around the world. Ringette has been designated a Heritage Sport by Sport Canada and as part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada Web site at www.ringette.ca.

Fans witness thrilling ringette at Canada Winter Games quarterfinals

Halifax, NS – February 16, 2011 – With everything on the line, ringette athletes came out to win and fans were treated to some exciting quarterfinal games at Cole Harbour Place today.

In the early morning game, British Columbia downed Prince Edward Island 10-3 to move onto the quarterfinal against Alberta later in the day. Salmon Arm’s Erika Lipsett and Maple Ridge’s Samantha Gropp each picked up five points in the game, while Langley’s Chantelle Fawcett picked up a hat trick.

In the biggest upset of the day, Saskatchewan beat Manitoba 3-2. Stephanie Zimmer, Alysha McEachern and Kailee Karchewski, all from Regina, posted singles, with the Manitoba goals coming from Jena Gallant (Winnipeg) and Sylvie Piche (La Broquerie). Carmen Agar (Emerald Park) made some stellar saves to keep Saskatchewan in the lead near the end of the game.

Despite having a full house of fans, Nova Scotia was not able to pull off a win and Quebec downed the hometown favorites 8-3. Montreal’s Natali St-Germain posted a hat trick for Quebec and Nova Scotia singles came from Brittany Avery (Hammonds Plains), Paige Grandbois (Ottawa) and Morgan McLellan (Herring Cove).

When Ontario and New Brunswick met up, Ontario opened the scoring with three goals. Bouctouche’s Martine Caissie then scored an impressive three goals in 57 seconds. Ontario went on to beat New Brunswick 12-5. Mitchell’s Emily Bakker posted a hat trick and two assists and Dorchester’s Kaylee Whitcroft scored a hat trick.

In the last game of the day, Alberta beat British Columbia 10-3. Kelsey Hupka (Fort Saskatchewan), Danielle Provonost (Onoway) and Alexandra Saizew (Calgary) all posted a pair of goals and an assist, and Calgary’s Emily Webb picked up two goals.

Quebec will meet Alberta and Saskatchewan will meet Ontario in semi-final play tomorrow.

Final scores for February 16:

BC 10 PEI 3

SK 3 MB 2

QC 8 NS 3

ON 12 NB 5

AB 10 BC 3

Tomorrow, Thursday, February 17, four games will be played. The schedule is as follows (all times Atlantic Standard Time):

9:00 am – NB vs. MB – placement game

11:30 am – BC vs. NS – placement game

2:00 pm – QC vs. AB – semi-final game

4:30 pm – SK vs. ON – semi-final game

About Ringette

Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently nearly 29,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada with over 2,400 officials and 5,000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in half a dozen other countries around the world. Ringette has been designated a Heritage Sport by Sport Canada and as part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada Web site at www.ringette.ca.

Round-robin ringette play wraps up at Canada Winter Games

Halifax, NS – February 15, 2011 – Round-robin play has finished up at the 2011 Canada Winter Games and teams will now move on to the qualification round. Despite having some rather close calls, Alberta managed to remain undefeated throughout round-robin play and claimed the top spot in Pool B. Manitoba claimed second place in Pool B, while Nova Scotia placed third, New Brunswick placed fourth and PEI came in fifth.

In today’s first game, Manitoba dealt Nova Scotia their first loss with a 4-1 score in front of a packed house. Melissa Sieben (Winnipeg), Lauren Morse (Starbuck), Sylvie Piche (La Broquerie) and Sarah Lesperance (Winnipeg) all picked up singles for Manitoba, while Lower Sackville’s Krista Vey scored the lone goal for Nova Scotia.

New Brunswick shutout Prince Edward Island 6-0 in the second game of the day, with Bouctouche’s Martine Caissie picking up a hat trick and an assist. Dieppe’s Jasmine LeBlanc recorded the shutout between the pipes for New Brunswick.

Nova Scotia met up with Alberta later in the day and while they netted the first goal of the game and were only trailing by one goal after the first period, Alberta went on to beat the hometown favorites 8-2. Alberta’s Danielle Pronovost (Onoway) scored a pair and an assist and Fort Saskatchewan’s Kelsey Hupka picked up two. Krista Vey and Morgan McLellan (Herring Cove) scored the Nova Scotia goals.

In the last game of the day, Manitoba dealt Prince Edward Island a tough 11-4 loss, with Melissa Sieben, Lauren Morse and Sarah Lesperance all scoring two goals and an assist in the game.

Final scores for February 15:

Manitoba 4 Nova Scotia 1

New Brunswick 6 PEI 0

Alberta 8 Nova Scotia 2

Manitoba 11 PEI 4

Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 16, five games will be played. The schedule is as follows (all times Atlantic Standard Time):

9:00 am – PEI vs. BC

11:30 am – SK vs. MB

2:00 pm – NS vs. QC

4:30 pm – NB vs. ON

7:00 pm – Winner of PEI vs. BC game vs. Alberta

About Ringette

Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently nearly 29,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada with over 2,400 officials and 5,000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in half a dozen other countries around the world. Ringette has been designated a Heritage Sport by Sport Canada and as part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada Web site at www.ringette.ca.

Ringette action continues at Canada Winter Games

Halifax, NS – February 14, 2011 – Rings are not uncommon on Valentine’s Day and while they are usually cherished and held onto, this was not the case at Cole Harbour Place today. The rings were going straight in the net as ringette teams at the Canada Winter Games fought hard to make important wins in round-robin play.

Quebec downed British Columbia 5-2 in the first game of the day with Laval’s Genevieve Pepper posting a pair and singles coming from Marie-Laurence Tauvette (Laval), Jade Abboud (Laval) and Kristel Morin (Gatineau).

Nova Scotia continued their winning streak, beating Prince Edward Island 8-3. Berwick’s Lauren Morse scored a pair and picked up an assist for Nova Scotia, while her teammate Lily Barton (Ottawa) picked up a single and three assists.

Ontario downed Saskatchewan 4-1 and clinched first place in Pool A. Nepean’s Kelsey Youldon scored a pair, while singles came from Mitchell’s Emily Bakker and Ottawa’s Alex Bateman. Regina’s Amanda Dacey scored the lone goal for Saskatchewan.

Pool A rankings are set after today’s games with Ontario in first, Quebec in second, Saskatchewan in third and British Columbia in fourth. Pool B rankings will be known following tomorrow’s games.

The last game of the day was a nail biter when the underdogs from New Brunswick almost went to overtime against Alberta. Calgary’s Shaundra Bruvall sunk the tie-breaking winner in the net with four seconds left in the game for a final score of 6-5. Alberta has gone undefeated in round-robin play. New Brunswick goalie Isabelle Doiron (Cap Pele) was phenomenal between the pipes, facing 41 shots in the game while Bouctouche’s Martine Caissie picked up a hat trick.

Final scores for February 14:

Quebec 5 BC 2

Nova Scotia 8 PEI 3

Ontario 4 Saskatchewan 1

Alberta 6 New Brunswick 5

Tomorrow, Tuesday February 15, another four games will be played. The schedule is as follows (all times Atlantic Standard Time):

9:00 am – MB vs. NS

11:30 am – NB vs. PEI

2:00 pm – NS vs. AB

4:30 pm – PEI vs. MB

About Ringette

Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently nearly 29,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada with over 2,400 officials and 5,000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in half a dozen other countries around the world. Ringette has been designated a Heritage Sport by Sport Canada and as part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada Web site at www.ringette.ca.

Ringette competition remains intense at 2011 Canada Winter Games

Halifax, NS – February 13, 2011 – While Alberta is the only team to remain undefeated at the 2011 Canada Winter Games it is still anybody’s game, with plenty of close competition taking place Cole Harbour Place today.

PEI played their first game this morning, but faced a tough 8-1 loss to Alberta. Montague’s Rebecca Collings picked up the lone goal for PEI. Jillian Basterash (St. Albert), Jocelyn Stock (Calgary) and Danielle Pronovost (Onoway) all scored pairs for Alberta, with singles coming from Emily Webb and Shaundra Bruvall, both from Calgary.

Ontario was favored going into the match-up against British Columbia, but the west coast underdogs made an impressive comeback and won 5-4 in overtime. Ontario was up 3-2 at the half, British Columbia responded with two and then Ontario’s Samantha Nosal (St. Clements) tied it up to force overtime. Salmon Arm’s Erika Lipsett scored the overtime winner for BC.

Another close game took place when Quebec and Saskatchewan met this afternoon. Tied 1-1 at the half, the teams rallied back and forth in the second and with 19 seconds left in the game with a score of 4-4, Laval’s Genevieve Pepper popped in a goal to secure the 5-4 win for Quebec.

In the last game of the day, Manitoba downed New Brunswick 8-2. Bouctouche’s Martine Caissie scored the pair for New Brunswick while Winnipeg’s Melissa Sieben was the leading scorer for Manitoba with two goals and an assist.

Final scores for February 13:

Alberta 8 PEI 1

BC 5 Ontario 4 OT

Quebec 5 Saskatchewan 4

Manitoba 8 New Brunswick 2

Tomorrow, Monday February 14, another four games will be played. The schedule is as follows (all times Atlantic Standard Time):

9:00 am – BC vs. QC

11:30 am – PEI vs. NS

2:00 pm – ON vs. SK

4:30 pm – AB vs. NB

About Ringette

Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently nearly 29,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada with over 2,400 officials and 5,000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in half a dozen other countries around the world. Ringette has been designated a Heritage Sport by Sport Canada and as part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada Web site at www.ringette.ca.

Ringette games get underway at 2011 Canada Winter Games

Halifax, NS – Nova Scotia, Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan all came away with wins on opening day ringette action at the 2011 Canada Winter Games today in Halifax. Nova Scotia opened the competition posting an 8-5 win over New Brunswick in front of a sold out crowd at Cole Harbour Place. Herring Cove’s Taylor Dempsey and Lower Sackville’s Krista Vey each picked up pairs in the game with singles coming from Lily Barton (Ottawa), Morgan McLellan (Herring Cove), Julia Burton (Hammons Plains) and Emily Henneberry (Halifax).

Ontario posted a 4-1 win over Quebec with singles coming from Emily Bakker (Mitchell), Kaylee Whitcroft (Dorchester), Paige Nosal (St. Clements) and Erika Kiviaho (Whitefish).

An exciting match-up took place in the afternoon between Alberta and Manitoba. Manitoba led 3-1 at the half and then Alberta came back to tie the game and then win 5-4 in overtime. St. Albert’s Jillian Basterash scored two, including the overtime winner and singles came from Emily Webb (Calgary), Shaundra Bruvall (Calgary), and Christianne Varty (Calgary).

In the last game of the day, Saskatchewan downed British Columbia 10-5. Regina’s Kailee Karchewski scored a pair while Amanda Dacey, also from Regina, scored two goals and three assists. Regina’s Alysha McEachern scored one and assisted on four.

Final scores for February 12:

Nova Scotia 8 New Brunswick 5

Ontario 4 Quebec 1

Alberta 5 Manitoba 4 (OT)

Saskatchewan10 British Columbia 5

Tomorrow, Sunday February 13, another four games will be played. The schedule is as follows (all times Atlantic Standard Time):

9:00 am – AB vs. PEI

11:30 am – BC vs. ON

2:00 pm – SK vs. QC

4:30 pm – NB vs. MB

About Ringette

Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently nearly 29,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada with over 2,400 officials and 5,000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in half a dozen other countries around the world. Ringette has been designated a Heritage Sport by Sport Canada and as part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada Web site at www.ringette.ca.