MONCTON (New Brunswick) - National team member and championship best forward, Danielle Goyette, fired a low shot past Jennifer Dewar of Ontario's North York Rockets to score her third goal of the game at 4:49 of overtime and lift Team Quebec to a 3-2 win in the final of the 1996 Esso Women's National Championship before 3,200 spectators at the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, N.B.
The victory gave Team Quebec their third consecutive national title - a feat accomplished only by Sherbrooke in 1988, 19.
Goyette was the catalyst in Quebec's win with her hat trick. The two-time world gold medalist single handedly mounted Team Quebec's comeback from a 2-0 deficit scoring at 9:01 of the second to cut North York's lead in half at 2-1. She then combined again with Team Canada teammate Nancy Drolet to tie the game and send it into overtime at 5:11 of the third period.
The North York Aeros had taken a 2-0 lead after the first period on goals by Laura Schuler and Amanda Benoit.
Schuler will join Goyette, Drolet and the 13 other national team members here in Moncton for the Esso Women's National Championship on the national team from April 1-6 in Richmond, B.C., for the Pacific Women's Hockey Championship. The second annual event features Canada, China, Japan and the United States.
Canadian national team assistant coach, Mel Davidson of Calgary, here to assess the 16 national team players and scout for future talent, noted that, "Quebec came out flat in the first period and were struggling to get momentum.
"Ontario capitalized on Team Quebec's lackluster play taking an early 1-0 lead at 8:27 of the first," added Davidson, "and then went up by two goals midway through the second period. But then the Quebec squad got into their style of play and took control of the game, allowing Goyette to do her magic and score three times for the victory."
Quebec and Ontario last met in the national final in 1991 in Verdun, Quebec, when the Toronto (North York) Aeros beat Sherbrooke to stop Quebec's run at three national titles (1988, 1989, 1990).
In the bronze medal game, the hometown favourites, the Moncton Sports Blades, defeated the Edmonton Chimos 4-3 on Paulette Cormier's third goal of the game at 6:50 of overtime. Moncton's other goal was scored by national team member, Therese Brisson. Edmonton's goals were scored by Jane Robinson, championship most valuable player Hailey Wickenheiser and Tina Kristensen.
1996 ESSO WOMEN'S NATIONAL HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
Moncton Coliseum - Moncton, New Brunswick
March 21-24, 1996
Playoff for 5th - 6th Place : Manitoba 4 Saskatchewan 2
Bronze Medal : Maritime Sports Blades (NB) 4 Alberta 3 (OT)
Gold Medal : Quebec 3 Ontario 2 (OT)
1996 Final Standings:
1. Team Quebec
2. North York Aeros (Ontario)
3. Maritime Sports Blades (N.B.)
4. Edmonton Chimos (Alta.)
5. Winnipeg Sweat Camp (Man.)
6. Team Saskatchewan
7. Britannia Blues (B.C.)
8. PEI Esso Tigers (PEI)
9. Pictou County (N.S.)
Most Valuable Player - Hayley Wickenheiser (Edmonton Chimos)
Best Forward - Danielle Goyette (Team Quebec)
Best Defence - Geraldine Heaney (North York Aeros)
Best Goalkeeper - Jennifer Dewar (North York Aeros)
Most Sportsmanlike - Stacy Wilson (Moncton Sports Blades)
Gold Medal Winners at National Championship:
1996 - Team Quebec
1995 - Team Quebec
1994 - Team Quebec
1993 - Toronto Aeros (Ont.)
1992 - Edmonton Chimos (Alta.)
1991 - Toronto Aeros (Ont.)
1990 - Sherbrooke (Que.)
1989 - Sherbrooke (Que.)
1988 - Sherbrooke (Que.)
1987 - Hamilton Hawks (Ont.)
1986 - Hamilton Hawks (Ont.)
1985 - Edmonton Chimos (Alta.)
1984 - Edmonton Chimos (Alta.)
1983 - Burlington Ladies (Ont.)
1982 - Agincourt Canadians (Ont.)
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