2009 National Women's Under-18 Championship

Ontario Red  2 -  Atlantic  1


SURREY, B.C. – Ontario Red may have won Thursday night’s 2-1 game against Team Atlantic, but both squads contributed to the excitement in the stands and entertainment on the ice at South Surrey Arena.

Team Atlantic put up a tough fight while taking on the long-time defending champions, with veteran forward Jillian Saulnier (Halifax, N.S.) opening the scoring and putting the East Coasters up on the scoreboard during a power play at 14:41 in the first period. Fellow veteran forward Sarah Davis (Paradise, N.L.) provided the assist to make it happen.

Although the Atlantic Canadians kept up the fast-paced played into the second, the period belonged to Ontario Blue, with Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ont.) tying it up at 5:51 on a pass from Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont.). Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ont.) secured the game winner for her team as the period came to a close.

But Team Atlantic wasn’t about to call it quits, battling its way through the third period and attempting to put the puck past Ontario Red netminder Nicole Paniccia (Oakville, Ont.) at all costs. Paniccia was just as determined to keep the puck out of her crease, stopping several hard shots from the point and standing her ground while her teammates struggled on a penalty kill.

Ontario Red’s Theadora Imbrogno (Etobicoke, Ont.) found a clear breakaway midway through the third period, but despite being stopped in her tracks by a Team Atlantic player she managed to earn herself a penalty shot. Team Atlantic goalie Ayla Frank (Labrador City, N.L.) stopped her for a second time, one of her 45 saves on the night.

Team Atlantic takes on Ontario Blue for the first game Friday (8 a.m. PST), while Ontario Red faces off against Saskatchewan in the evening (5 p.m. PT).


Game Information
Game Number Round Preliminary
Arena South Surrey Arena City, Country Surrey, B.C., Canada
Month / Day / Year 11/05/2009 Time (local) 05:00 PM PT
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3  Total
Ontario Red (ON-R) 0 2 02
Atlantic (ATL)1001
First Period
   14:41 ATL 9 Jillian Saulnier (19 Sarah Davis) PP

   03:08 ATL 3 Leanne Gallant (Roughing)
   03:49 ATL 19 Sarah Davis (Holding)
   04:24 ON-R 22 Arielle O'Neill (Hooking)
   07:29 ON-R 66 Jamie Lee Rattray (Interference)
   11:42 ATL 8 Shannon MacAulay (Elbowing)
   14:18 ON-R 72 Kelly Babstock (Slashing)
   15:29 ATL 18 Blayre Turnbull (High Sticking)

Second Period
   05:51 ON-R 72 Kelly Babstock (66 Jamie Lee Rattray)
   18:11 ON-R 20 Nicole Gifford

   07:08 ON-R 6 Lauren Kelly (Holding)
   11:50 ATL 77 Jessica McCann (Bodychecking)
   19:55 ON-R 20 Nicole Gifford (Tripping)

Third Period

   02:23 ON-R 2 Dayle Wilkinson (Holding)
   07:44 ATL Team (Penalty Shot)

Ontario Red
1 Nicole Paniccia On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00
31 Ayla Frank On 1/00:00   Off 3/18:51

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
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Player of Game
Ontario Red 20 Nicole Gifford
Atlantic 31 Ayla Frank
Referee Sylena Mutsaers
Lines People Vanessa Stratton, Megan Boyle
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