SUMMERSIDE, PEI - After four days of competition at the 2001 Esso Women's National Hockey Championship, it has come down to a Gold Medal match-up between Team Quebec and Team Alberta at 8:00 pm (Atlantic Time) Sunday, at Cahill Stadium in Summerside, P.E.I.
Team Alberta defeated the defending champions from Ontario 4-3 on Hayley Wickenheiser's breakaway goal with one second left in the game. Ontario's Beatrice Aeros will have to settle with playing for a bronze medal. Alberta's other scorers were Dana Antal, Delaney Collins and Megan Walton. Responding for Team Ontario were Amy Turek, Cheryl Muranko and Lara Perks.
Team Quebec, backed by strong goaltending from Kim St. Pierre defeated Team British Columbia 3-1 in the first semi-final game at Cahill Stadium. Quebec will be looking for an eighth Gold Medal and 17th medal overall at the National Championship. Annie Desrosiers scored twice for Team Quebec, who were outshot 30-29. Dominique Rancour tallied Quebec's other goal. Team B.C.'s lone goal came from Nancy Drolet on a deflection mid-way through the first period.
Team B.C. will face Team Ontario in the Bronze medal game at 4 pm (Atlantic Time), 3 pm (Eastern Time) at Cahill Stadium in Summerside. The Gold medal game, featuring Team Quebec and Team Alberta, will follow at 8 pm (Atlantic Time), 7 pm (Eastern Time).
The Championship game will be broadcast live across Canada by The Sports Network (TSN) and the Réseau des Sports (RDS).
Saturday evening, the 2001 Esso Women's National Hockey Championship Awards Committee announced the individual award winners for the tournament. Award winners were as follows:
Most Valuable Player - Caroline Ouellette (Quebec) Most Sportsmanlike Player - Rebecca Russell (Newfoundland) Top Goaltender - Kim St. Pierre (Quebec) Top Defensemen - Geraldine Heaney (Ontario) Top Forward - Sommer West (Ontario)