The second day of action from the Women’s National U18 Championships was no less intense than the first, with three of the day’s four matches ending in one-goal games. Ontario Red currently sits in a three-way tie with Manitoba and Ontario Blue for top spot with two wins through their first two games, while Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec are all still searching for their first victory.
In the day’s first game, Atlantic rallied from an opening 4-1 loss to Ontario Blue a day earlier and an early 1-0 deficit to British Columbia to come back and score two goals for their first win of the tournament. Brette Pettet and Katie Peddle were the lit the lamp for Atlantic, although it was goaltender Shelby Ryan who played the hero keeping her team in a game where they were outshot by the opposition 27-15. Olivia Knowles scored the lone goal for BC on the powerplay.
In game two, Manitoba showed grit and determination in battling back from an early 2-0 hole to a Quebec team that played a solid game against Ontario Red the night before. After Camille Fleury and Deziray De Sousa both found the back of the net within the opening minutes for Quebec, it was Kayla Friesen who put Manitoba on the board in the second, sending a one-timer from Ashton Bell past net minder Marie-Pier Coulombe. Jenai Buchanan evened the score 2-2 in the third, leading to an eventual shootout for the second time in as many days for Manitoba. In the skills competition, Ryleigh Houston scored the only goal to give Manitoba the win. Sheridan Oswald, who is tied for the tournament lead in points with three, has contributed to every Manitoba goal so far with one goal and two assists.
For the second day in a row, the third game of the afternoon was once again the most lop-sided, as Ontario Red weathered an early storm by Saskatchewan to score five unanswered goals in the second and third periods en route to a 5-1 victory. Nara Elia got the prairie underdogs on the board with a nice move on the breakaway halfway through the first period, but the Ontario Red offense would prove to be too much to contain. In a ten-minute span in the second, the tide turned as Annie Berg, Saroya Tinker and Julia Edgar all scored to put their team up 3-1, while Lindsay Agnew would add a pair in the third to seal the win.
Thursday’s fourth and final game between Ontario Blue and Alberta was a defensive battle through and through, with Celine Frappier scoring the only goal and goaltender Carmen Lasis recording the first shutout of the tournament as Ontario Blue came out on top with a 1-0 win. Despite having six powerplay chances, Alberta was unable to capitalize in a physical affair that saw 11 minor infractions called between the two teams. Kirsten Chamberlin made 17 saves in her team’s second loss of the tournament.
Day 3 of the games got underway this morning with Quebec squaring off against Saskatchewan at 10:30 am while Atlantic will play host to Alberta at 1:30 pm. BC will go next against Ontario Blue (4:30 pm) while Manitoba takes on Ontario Red (7:30 pm) in the evening. Tickets are available for purchase at the door.