Defending champion Ontario Red joined by Ontario Blue, B.C. and Manitoba
HUNTSVILLE, Ont. – After three days of preliminary action at the 2015 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, the semifinals are set for Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Canada Summit Centre in Huntsville.
Manitoba, which finished second in Group A, will take on the first place finishers from Group B, Ontario Blue, in the first semifinal at 4:30 p.m. ET, while Ontario Red, which finished atop Pool A, faces off against British Columbia in the second semifinal at 7:30 p.m. ET. The winners of the semifinals will face off for the gold medal at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 8.
Placement games start off semifinal Saturday with Group A’s fourth place finisher Saskatchewan facing Alberta, which finished in fourth place in Group B, at 10:30 a.m. ET. The fifth place matchup features Quebec taking on Atlantic at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Placement games, semifinals and the bronze medal game can be seen live via FASTHockey webcast at www.hockeycanada.ca/nwu18c, while TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters for Hockey Canada, will broadcast the gold medal game Sunday, Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m. ET on TSN 3 (tape delayed on RDS on Nov. 9).
Tickets for the placement games and the semifinals are available onsite at the Canada Summit Centre for $15 each and tickets to the bronze and gold medal games are available for $20.
A number of development activities, including female skills camps, have been taking place during the championship, with a camp set for the Canada Summit Centre on Nov. 7. Esso Fun Day takes place Nov. 8 at 11:00 a.m. ET. For more information on how to get involved, please email Mandi Duhamel, Hockey Canada’s manager of female development, at email@example.com
The 2015 tournament marks the third time Ontario has hosted the National Women’s Under-18 Championship, joining previous host committees Kitchener (2007) and Napanee (2008). The championship is also the first of two major women’s events Ontario will host during the 2015-16 season, as St. Catherine’s, Ont., will host the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship from Jan. 8-15, 2016.