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U-18 Team Manitoba falls just shy in national final, leaves with silver

by Hockey Manitoba  |  November 11, 2012 8:54 pm

DAWSON CREEK, BC- Team Manitoba falls just shy to Ontario-Blue in Sunday’s U-18 national championship gold medal game. Team Manitoba held two leads in the game but it was Ontario-Blue that would take a 3-2 lead early in the third period followed by an empty net goal with 1 second left in the game to win 4-2.

This was a historic gold medal game as it was the first time Ontario-Red has not been in the National Women’s U-18 Championship final and the first time they have not won the event. It was also the first time U-18 Team Manitoba found themselves in the gold medal game at this event, previously only advancing to the gold medal game of the 2007 Canada Winter Games. Despite coming up short in the final, Team Manitoba displayed a proud performance to once again show the country that the province is among the best in the nation at developing talent.

Game summary:

First Period

09:46 MB 16 Jessica Vallotton (7 Ashleigh Brykaliuk, 11 Karissa Kirkup)
11:21 ON-B 76 Paige Horton (22 Jessica Gillham)

06:25 ON-B 8 Jordan McDonell (Hooking)
13:50 MB 5 Alicia Van Alstyne (Tripping)

Second Period
03:27 MB 3 Lauryn Keen
15:38 ON-B 95 Krista Yip-Chuck (19 Rebecca Leslie)

05:57 MB 14 Larissa Martyniuk (Interference)
18:22 ON-B 90 Kirsten Miller (Tripping)

Third Period
01:04 ON-B 26 Hailey Noronha (44 Victoria Andreakos)
19:59 ON-B 16 Brooke Webster EN

12:07 MB 11 Karissa Kirkup (Roughing)

Ontario Blue: 34 Brittany Smrke – 27 saves
Manitoba: 35 Brittini Mowat – 20 saves

The gold medal final will be replayed on TSN2 at 7:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. MT on Tuesday, November 13.

Hockey Manitoba is pleased to recognize Canad Inns, CCM Hockey, and Reebok Hockey as Official Partners of the Program of Excellence.

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