Team Canada Thanksgiving Festival

Thank you Dartmouth and Halifax!
Team Canada would like to thank the host committee and their numerous volunteers for their great help over the past week. And Thanks as well to Halifax and Dartmouth fans who came out and supported the players over the course of the week. The players and staff can’t wait to be back in the spring for the 2004 IIHF World Women’s Hockey Championship.

The first ever Team Canada Thanksgiving Festival came to an end on Sunday, with two final ice sessions after a week of games, practices and numerous off-ice activities.

FINAL - Team Wilson 2 vs. Team St-Louis 3

Individual Skills Competition winners were as follows:
Fastest Forward Skater: Delaney Collins
Fastest Forward Skater, goaltender: Charline Labonté
Fastest Backwards Skater: Delaney Collins
Hardest Shot : Caroline Ouellette
Rapid Fire – goaltenders: Sami Jo Small
Puck Control: Tie – Cherie Piper, Annie Desrosiers
Breakaway : Tie – Kaley Hall, Kira Misikowetz, Cheryl Pounder

Team Profiles:
Team Wilson (PDF 3.6MB)
Team Scherer (PDF 2.7MB)
Team St-Louis (PDF 3MB)

FINAL
Team St-Louis 3 Team Wilson 2
Team Scherer
3 on 3

The final game lived up to its billing, as both Team Wilson and Team St-Louis brought their A-games.

Team St-Louis took an early lead, as Becky Kellar’s point shot seemed to deflect off of a leg in front and found the net behind Charline Labonté. The lead only lasted five minutes as Team Wilson’s Marie-Claude Allard evened the score at 13:42.

It was Team Wilson’s turn to take a lead as Nancy Drolet scored unassisted off of a draw, surprising goaltender Sami Jo Small. It seemed that the lead would hold up but Jayna Hefford gave all the fans on hand a goal that had everyone recalling her dramatic game-winning goal at the Olympics in the final game. Hefford’s goal wasn’t quite as important, but it was a back-breaker, coming with less than 1 second to play. Team Wilson and Team St-Louis were all square at 2.

The score remained tied until, with less than four minutes to play, forechecking led to a turnover and Team St-Louis’ La Toya Clarke pounced on the puck, putting it past Tania Pinelli for what ended up being the winning goal. Team St-Louis held on for a 3-2 win and to capture the first-ever Team Canada Thanksgiving Festival.

3rd place 3-on-3

Team Scherer finished in third place of the three-team tournament at the Festival and had the early wake-up call for a spirited game of 3-on-3 at the Dartmouth Sportsplex.

The final score was 9-6 and the fans were entertained with nothing short of firewagon hockey. Danielle Goyette had a hat trick while and Kaley Hall scored twice for the winning side. Single scorers for the winners were Susie Laska, Correne Bredin and Ashley Riggs.

Goalscorers for the losing side were Jennifer Botterill, with two, Vicky Sunohara, Heather Logan, Katherine Weatherston and Danielle Bourgeois.

Team Event Location Time
Équipe Évene. Location Heure
Tuesday, October 7, 2003
Team SCHERER Practice Dartmouth Sportsplex 19:00-20:00
Team ST-LOUIS Practice Dartmouth Sportsplex 20:15-21:15
Team WILSON Practice Dartmouth Sportsplex 21:30-22:30
Wednesday, October 8, 2003
Team SCHERER Practice Dartmouth Sportsplex 08:30-09:30
Team ST-LOUIS vs Team WILSON Game Dartmouth Sportsplex 09:45-11:30
Team ST-LOUIS Practice Dartmouth Sportsplex 17:00-18:00
Team WILSON vs Team SCHERER Game Dartmouth Sporstplex 18:15-20:00
Thursday, October 9, 2003
Team WILSON Practice Dartmouth Sportsplex 08:30-09:30
Team SCHERER vs Team ST-LOUIS Game Dartmouth Sportsplex 09:45-11:30
Team SCHERER Practice Dartmouth Sportsplex 17:00-18:00
Team WILSON vs Team ST-LOUIS Game Dartmouth Sportsplex 18:15-20:00
Friday, October 10, 2003
Team ST-LOUIS Practice Dartmouth Sportsplex 08:30-09:30
Team SCHERER vs Team WILSON Game Dartmouth Sportsplex 09:45-11:30 
Team WILSON Practice Dartmouth Sportsplex 18:00-19:00
Team ST-LOUIS vs Team SCHERER Game Dartmouth Sportsplex 19:15-21:00
Saturday, October 11, 2003
Team CANADA Skills Competition Dartmouth Sportsplex 12:00-14:00
Sunday, October 12, 2003
3rd Place, 3 on 3 Game Dartmouth Sportsplex 08:30-10:00
Final Game Dartmouth Sportsplex 10:30-13:00
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André Brin Director, Communications | Directeur, relations médias