Quebec and Ontario to play for gold in Women’s Hockey
The stage is set for the gold medal game in women’s hockey after Quebec edged Saskatchewan 4-3 in overtime and Ontario defeated Alberta 5-2 on Thursday.
Friday’s gold-medal game will mark the sixth time Ontario will play in the final, while Quebec will make its third appearance. Quebec and Ontario previously met in the 2003 final in Bathurst, N.B., with Ontario winning gold.
Since women’s hockey made its Canada Winter Games debut in 1991, Ontario and Alberta have combined to win all six gold medals. Ontario won gold in 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007, while Alberta was victorious in 1991 and 2011. Quebec has never won gold, earning silver medals in 1991 and 2003.
Team Quebec 4 – Saskatchewan 3 (OT)
Valérie Audet notched the overtime winner as Team Quebec advanced to the gold medal game in women’s hockey after a 4-3 win over Saskatchewan.
Audet’s game-winner came at 1:41 into overtime on a scramble in front of the net to send Quebec to their third gold-medal final.
Saskatchewan’s Jaycee Gebhard opened up scoring at 12:29 in the first lifting a goal over Maude Trévisan’s glove with help from Sophie Shirley and Leah Bohlken.
Gabrielle David responded back for Quebec, potting the equalizer past Jessica Vance with just over five minutes to go in the frame.
After a scoreless second that saw Quebec fail to cash in on three power play opportunities to Saskatchewan’s one, Quebec continued to pour on pressure outshooting Saskatchewan 22-2 in the second period.
With Quebec in the box to open the third, Bohlken capitalized for Saskatchewan catching Trévisan off-guard in net at 1:49 on the power play.
Only 30 seconds later, Marika Labrecque responded for Quebec sneaking the equalizer through Vance’s five-hole to make it 2-2.
With just over five minutes to play, Sydney Hill was called for roughing in front of the net and Lidia Fillion capitalized for Quebec on the power play banging in their third goal at 16:26.
Just over a minute later, Amber Rennie deflected Kayla Kirwan’s shot in front of the goal past Trévisan to square the match at 3-3 and force the teams into overtime.
Only 23 seconds into the extra frame, Saskatchewan’s Sydney Hill was sent to the penalty box for interference. Quebec cashed in on their fifth power play opportunity on the eventual game-winner from Audet.
Jessica Vance suffered the loss in goal for Saskatchewan turning away 39 of 43, while Trévisan picked up her fourth win between the pipes for Quebec stopping 12 of 15.
Team Ontario 5 – Alberta 2
Rhyen McGill notched a hat-trick for Ontario as they moved onto the gold medal game for the sixth time after a 5-2 victory over Alberta.
Only 1:02 into the first frame McGill set the tone early, beating Alberta’s Jolene Debruyn with help from Josiane Pozzebon to put Ontario ahead 1-0.
Ontario dominated puck control for the remainder of the opening period, outshooting Alberta 14-4.
Both teams battled back and forth in the second before Kaitlin Tse found the back of the net on the power play with six seconds remaining to put Ontario ahead by two.
To open the third, Pozzebon gave Ontario the 3-0 lead at 2:42 after she snuck one through Debruyn’s five-hole.
Alberta had their biggest opportunity at the midway point of the third after Ontario took three consecutive penalties, but Julia Vandyk stood tall in goal for her squad during three minutes of 5-on-3 action.
With just over two minutes left on the clock, Alberta pulled Debruyn from goal and Alexandra Poznikoff notched her squad’s first at 17:57.
Seconds later, McGill added her second of the game charging straight off the face-off and beating Debruyn with another five-hole goal 18:04.
With the momentum shifting back Ontario’s way, Channia Alexander skated down-ice and netted another for Alberta at 18:16.
Alberta pulled Debruyn again from the net with 45 seconds remaining but McGill spoiled the comeback story by notching the empty-net goal for the hat-trick at 19:12.
Vandyk took home the win in net stopping 31 of 33, while Debruyn suffered the loss turning away 28 of 33.