REGINA, Sask. – Ontario Red will be looking for the three-peat as they face Quebec in the championship final of the National Women’s Under-18 Championship. The gold-medal opponents have previously met six times, with Ontario Red winning all six of their prior meetings, the most recent being in 2011.
Quebec advanced to Sunday’s gold-medal game at the Co-Operators Arena after a 3-0 shutout of Ontario Blue, while Ontario Red booked their ticket to the final with a 9-1 win over B.C.
Ontario Red has won nine out of 10 championship games they have appeared in since the tournament began in 2001. Quebec won five straight silver medals between 2001 and 2008, taking home silver again in 2011.
TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will broadcast the gold-medal game Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN2; check local listings for details.
In Saturday’s first semifinal, Quebec scored three times in the opening seven minutes of the game to take a three-goal lead that they would not relinquish in shutting out Ontario Blue. Édith D’Astous-Moreau recorded her first shutout of the tournament after turning aside 31 shots in the game.
In Saturday’s placement games, Manitoba skated past Team Atlantic 6-1 for seventh place, while Alberta won the fifth-place game 6-4 over host Saskatchewan. For the second straight year, B.C. and Ontario Blue will play in the bronze-medal game at 1 p.m. ET with the game being streamed online via webcast at HockeyCanada.ca. Day passes for the medal round can be purchased on site at Co-Operators Arena for $15.
The 2016 National Women’s Under-18 Championship brings together teams made up of the best female hockey players born in 1999 or later. The tournament serves as an important platform for Hockey Canada scouts, who evaluate candidates for the Canadian contingent that will compete at the 2017 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship in the Czech Republic in January.
A number of Canadian women’s hockey stars have competed at the National Women’s Under-18 Championship, including Saskatchewan natives and Team Canada alumnae Emily Clark, Jessica Campbell and Colleen Sostorics, as well as 20 players who helped Canada’s National Women’s Team win a silver medal at the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Kamloops, B.C.:
- Meghan Agosta (Jan. 2005 – Ontario Red)
- Bailey Bram (2007 – Manitoba)
- Emily Clark (2011, 2012 – Saskatchewan)
- Sarah Davis (2007, 2008, 2009 – Atlantic)
- Laura Fortino (2007, 2008 – Ontario Red)
- Erica Howe (2009 – Ontario Red)
- Brianne Jenner (Nov. 2005 – Ontario Blue; 2007, 2008 – Ontario Red)
- Rebecca Johnston (Nov. 2005 – Ontario Red)
- Halli Krzyzaniak (2011, 2012 – Manitoba)
- Brigette Lacquette (2008 – Manitoba)
- Jocelyne Larocque (Jan. 2005, Nov. 2005 – Manitoba)
- Emerance Maschmeyer (2011 – Alberta)
- Marie-Philip Poulin (Nov. 2005, 2007, 2008 – Quebec)
- Jamie Lee Rattray (2007 – Ontario Blue; 2008, 2009 – Ontario Red)
- Lauriane Rougeau (Nov. 2005, 2007 – Quebec)
- Jillian Saulnier (2007, 2008, 2009 – Atlantic)
- Natalie Spooner (Nov. 2005, 2007 – Ontario Red)
- Blayre Turnbull (2009 – Atlantic)
- Jennifer Wakefield (Jan. 2005, Nov. 2005 – Ontario Red)
- Tara Watchorn (2007 – Ontario Red)