NAPANEE, ON – Team Ontario Red has once again won the National Women’s Under-18 Championship.
Ontario Red, winner of the past four events, beat Quebec 2-1 in double overtime on Sunday at the Strathcona Paper Centre. Brianne Jenner (Oakville, ON/Mississauga Chiefs, PWHL) scored 1:07 into the second overtime period with a snap shot that beat Quebec’s Roxanne Douville (Beloeil, QC/Lynx d’Edouard-Montpetit).
Ontario Red’s Casandra Langan (Chatham, ON/London Devilettes) opened the scoring at 14:09 of the first period. It wasn’t until the 12-minute mark of the third that Quebec’s Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, QC/Blues de Dawson) tied up the game at 1-1.
The game was watched by more than 1,800 fans in Napanee, along with a national TV audience on TSN. For the week, more than 12,500 fans attended the 18 games at the 2008 National Women’s Under-18 Championship.
In Sunday’s bronze medal game, Manitoba scored two goals in the second period and one in the third for a 3-1 win over Team Ontario Blue. It’s the second-straight year Manitoba has won bronze at the tournament.
Christine Bestland (Brunkild, MB/Balmoral Hall Blazers), Brittany Hergesheimer (East St. Paul, MB/Balmoral Hall Blazers) and Katie Wilson (Winnipeg, MB/Balmoral Hall Blazers) scored for Manitoba. Sasha Nanji (Markham, ON/Mississauga Chiefs, PWHL) scored Ontario Blue’s lone goal.
The tournament award winners were also announced on Sunday.
Tournament award winners
Most valuable player: Marie-Philip Poulin (Quebec)
Top forward: Poulin
Top goaltender: Cassie Seguin (Ontario Red)
Top defenceman: Brigette Lacquette (Manitoba)
Most sportsmanlike player: Jillian Saulnier (Atlantic)