The Team Manitoba Female Under – 18 team advanced to the semi-finals at the Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse on Thursday with a 6-1 victory over Nova Scotia. A complete copy of the game summary can be found here.
It took 19:20 before Manitoba could get on the board as Lockport’s Chelsea Illchuk gave Manitoba a late first period lead.
Winnipeg’s Jenelle Kohanchuk upped the lead to 2-0 midway through the second beating Nova Scotia goalie Carmen McDonald with a slapshot. Nova Scotia would reply quickly after that with their own powerplay marker before Ste. Anne’s Bailey Bram scored on a wraparound to make it 3-1.
Kohanchuk would add her second of the game on a mirror play of Bram’s goal with 1:38 left to play in the frame to give Manitoba a 4-1 lead heading into the third.
Third period goals by Winnipeg’s Chelsea Karpenko, along with Illchuk’s second of the game lifted Manitoba to a 6-1 win. Delayne Brian secured the victory in goal for Manitoba, turning aside 32 of 33 shots as Manitoba outshot Nova Scotia 48-33.
The victory means Manitoba will meet Team Saskatchewan in the semi-finals on Friday with the winner advancing to Saturday morning’s championship game where they will face the winner of the Ontario-Quebec semi-final.
You can follow along with adventures of the Female Hockey team on their blog at teammanitoba.blogspot.com.