2008 National Women's Under-18 Championship

Ontario Blue  4 -  Quebec  5



NAPANEE, ON – It doesn’t get much more exciting than that.

Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, QC/Selects) scored her second goal of the game when it mattered most - with a trip to the gold medal final on the line.

Daoust jammed in a rebound off a Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, QC/Blues de Dawson) shot at 6:35 of double overtime as Team Quebec beat Ontario Blue 5-4. The win sent Quebec to Sunday’s final of the 2008 National Women’s Under-18 Championship.

“Poulin got a shot on net,” said Daoust after the game. “I drove to the net and took the rebound and quickly got a shot off.”

The goal ended a marathon battle between Quebec and Ontario Blue, which was trying to reach the final of this event one year after finishing in eighth place.

Quebec seemed to be headed for a regulation win after a goal by Vanessa Plante (Rivière-du-Loup, QC/Titans de Limoilou) at 16:19 of the third, which broke a 3-3 tie.

But in the last minute of the game, with its goaltender out of the net, Hannah Armstrong (Sharon, ON/Markham-Stoufville Stars) scored on a goal-mouth scramble, sending the game into extra time.

Audrey Gariépy (Mascouche, QC/Blues de Dawson) opened the scoring at 7:42 of the first period and Quebec led 1-0 after 20 minutes. Taylor Horton (St. Thomas, ON/Bluewater Hawks, PWHL) got Ontario Blue on the board at 17:04. Quebec led 2-1 after two.

Five goals were scored in the third period, beginning with Daoust’s first of the game at 3:01. Just 16 seconds later, Bree Polci (London, ON/Toronto Aeros, PWHL) scored for Ontario Blue to cut Quebec’s lead to one. Armstrong scored her first of two goals for Ontario Blue at 10:15, a shorthanded marker that tied up the game at 3-3.

That set the stage for the dramatic conclusion, with Quebec taking a brief lead, Ontario Blue tying it late, and Daoust ending it to send Quebec to the gold medal final.

Game Information
Game Number 15  Round Semi-Final
Arena Strathcona Paper Centre City, Country Greater Napanee, Ont., Canada
Month / Day / Year 11/08/2008 Time (local) 04:00 PM ET
Game Status Final in 2nd Overtime

Box Score   1     2     3   OT1 OT2 Total
Ontario Blue (ON-B) 0 1 3 0 0 4
Quebec (QC) 1 1 2 0 1 5
First Period
   07:42 QC 9 Audrey Gariépy (18 Laurie Kingsbury) PP

   07:10 ON-B 2 Bree Polci (Hooking)
   12:45 QC 2 Vanessa Plante (Slashing)
   19:25 QC 21 Marie-Philip Guay (Tripping)

Second Period
   15:21 QC 22 Ariane Barker (17 Mélodie Daoust, 10 Marie-Philip Poulin)
   17:04 ON-B 22 Taylor Horton (16 Shannon Stoneburgh)

   00:52 QC 6 Cassandra Poudrier (Tripping)
   00:52 ON-B 22 Taylor Horton (Tripping)
   10:17 QC 21 Marie-Philip Guay (Holding)
   12:06 QC 11 Gabrielle Davidson (Too Many Men)

Third Period
   03:01 QC 17 Mélodie Daoust
   03:17 ON-B 2 Bree Polci
   10:15 ON-B 21 Hannah Armstrong SH
   16:19 QC 2 Vanessa Plante
   19:12 ON-B 21 Hannah Armstrong (87 Theadora Imbrogno)

   03:59 QC 18 Laurie Kingsbury (Hooking)
   05:22 ON-B 21 Hannah Armstrong (Bodychecking)
   10:07 ON-B 18 Kathryn Miller (Interference)
   11:56 ON-B 12 Jessica Vella (Tripping)

Second Overtime

   06:35 QC 17 Mélodie Daoust (10 Marie-Philip Poulin )

Ontario Blue
37 Nicole Paniccia On 1/00:00   Off 5/06:35
30 Roxanne Douville On 1/00:00   Off 5/06:35

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   OT1 OT2 Total
Ontario Blue 5 11 11 4 2 33
Quebec 5 2 9 3 4 23

Player of Game
Ontario Blue 13 Erin Ambrose
Quebec 17 Mélodie Daoust
Referee Lorti
Lines People Grisson, O'Neill
Goal Judge Chris Eden, Louis Cabrel