SAGUENAY – Team Manitoba came up with an important 2-1 victory over Team BC to remain in contention for the medal rounds at the National U-18 Women’s Hockey Championship. Team Manitoba started to apply pressure early and often, beginning with Ashleigh Brykaliuk picking off a B.C. pass, feeding linemate Danielle Krzyszczyk who found the back of the net, 48 seconds into the game.
The pressure continued when Karissa Kirkup intercepted an errant pass by the B.C. goaltender, converting the turnover for a 2-0 Manitoba lead at the 5:58 mark of the 1st period.
Starting goaltender Rachel Dyck was solid in between the pipes, making 14 saves in net. British Columbia's only goal came with 56 seconds left in the game which was too little to late, marking Team Manitoba's first win of the tournament. Virden's Karissa Kirkup was named Manitoba's player of the game in a winning effort.
Team Manitoba must now rely on Team Ontario-Red to defeat Team Alberta later this afternoon in order to advance to Saturday’s semi-final round as the 2nd seed from Group A. The 2nd seed from Group A will play the 1st seed from Group B which will be hometown Team Quebec.
Team Manitoba – 2
Goals: Krzyszczyk (Brykaliuk), Kirkup (Unassisted)
Goalies: Dyck (1 GA)
Team BC – 1
Goals: Schaupmeyer (Krause, Miller)
Goalies: Hendricks (2 GA)
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