SASKATOON, SK – The 2003 Esso Women’s National Hockey Championship wrapped up with a thrilling championship final game, a 6-3 Team Alberta win over team Ontario in front of over 1,100 fans at Saskatchewan Place.
Samantha Holmes scored twice and both Colleen Sostorics and Delaney Collins chipped in two assists as Alberta finished with a perfect 6-0 record, outscoring their opponents 46-10. With the win, Team Alberta captured the coveted Abby Hoffman Cup.
With the victory, Alberta picks up their 20th medal in the 22-year existence of the championship (seven gold, eight silver and five bronze). Ontario’s silver medal is their seventh, for a total of 22 (seven gold and eight bronze).
Earlier today, Team Quebec captured the bronze medal with a 3-0 win over Team British Columbia. Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux, Chantal Lampron and Marie-Claude Allard (empty net) scored for Quebec. Quebec goaltender Charline Labonte was tested often but managed to keep British Columbia off the scoresheet, making 33 saves for the shutout win. Labonte’s efforts earned her player-of-the-game honours, while Shelley Looney was named Team British Columbia’s player-of-the-game. The bronze medal gives Quebec a total of 19 medals at the National Championship (eight gold, five silver and six bronze).
Most Valuable Player –Danielle Goyette (AB)
Top Goaltender –Amy Handrahan (NS)
Top Defensemen –Colleen Sostorics (AB)
Top Forward –Jayna Hefford (ON)
Most Sportsmanlike Player –Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux (QC)
Most Sportsmanlike Team –Newfoundland & Labrador
Isobel Gathorne Hardy Award –Tanya Leone (BC)