RICHMOND, B.C. -- The Edmonton Chimos, representing Alberta, and three-time defending champion Team Quebec both fashioned perfect 3-0 won-lost records in the preliminary round to advance to the semifinals at the Esso Women's National hockey championship on Friday.
The Chimos moved through to the semis with a 9-1 victory over the PEI Esso Tigers, while Quebec downed Manitoba 4-0 to advance. The Alberta team will meet the winner of a medal-round game between New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, while Quebec must defeat the winner of the Ontario - B.C. playoff matchup to earn a berth in Sunday's final.
In a tournament oddity, Team Ontario, represented by the North York Aeros, outscored their opponents 22-1 in the three-game round-robin, but the one goal came in a 1-0 loss to Alberta, leaving them with a 2-1 won-lost record, second behind Alberta in Group B. Ontario won their opening game against P.E.I. on Thursday by 14-0.
The Aeros demonstrated more offensive firepower on Friday, by blitzing Saskatchewan 8-0. The Ontario team inundated Saskatchewan goalie Jane Clegg with 88 shots, while Aeros goalie Kelly Dyer faced just eight all game.
Amy Turek scored four goals for Ontario, including three consecutive goals -- the natural hat-trick -- in the third period. Turek scored her last two goals in a 12-second span. Margot Page, Sommer West, Amanda Benoit and Marianne Grnak also scored for the Aeros, while defenceman Geraldine Heaney had three assists.
Team Quebec flexed its scoring muscle, too, on Friday, as they beat the Britannia Blues, the host club, 10-1, then shut out Selkirk Motor Hotel Storm of Manitoba 4-0 in the evening.
Nancy Drolet, Kari Colpitts and Genevieve Nadeau all scored twice for Quebec, while France St. Louis, Stephanie Grenon, Mai-Lan Le and Tammy Shewsh as they drubbed the host Britannia Blues 10-1 to earn a second straight victory at the Esso Women's Nationals on Friday.
Mai-Lan Le, Nadeau, St. Louis and Drolet scored in the shutout victory over Manitoba
Quebec had defeated New Brunswick 2-1 on Thursday night in their tournament opener.
In other morning games on Friday, the PEI Esso Tigers scored four straight third-period goals in a span of two minutes 10 seconds to overcome a 5-1 deficit and earn a 5-5 draw against Saskatchewan, while New Brunswick shut out Manitoba 5-0.
Brenda Benson, meanwhile, keyed P.E.I.'s comeback against Saskatchewan. The Esso Tigers, shook off the effects of the 14-0 wipeout against Ontario on Thursday night to forge the tie. Sara Howald scored her second goal for Saskatchewan at 12:07 of the third period, giving Saskatchewan a 5-1 lead.
But Benson started the P.E.I. uprising just 41 seconds later. Then, in rapid succession, Dawna Donaldson on a Benson setup, Benson again, and Yolande Richard, with her second of the game, scored to tie the game. Stacey Keyowski, Kim Cudmore and Joanna Mould scored the other goals for Saskatchewan.
Five different players scored for New Brunswick in their 5-0 victory -- Kathy McCormick, Paulette Cormier, Sherry Harris-Murray, Jennifer Reicker and Jennifer Schuler. The gold-medal final of the Esso Women's Women's Nationals goes Sunday at 4 p.m. PST and will be televised live on TSN.
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