2011 National Women's Under-18 Championship

Quebec 4 - Ontario Blue 1


Saguenay, Que. – Québec satisfied its numerous fans crowded inside the Georges-Vézina Arena in Wednesday’s late game, winning 4-1 in the home province team’s tournament opener. Undoubtedly stimulated by the pre-game ceremonies marking the official opening of the 2011 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, head coach Pascal Dufresne’s team played inspired hockey.

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Ontario Blue got the lead off the stick of Taylor Accursi (Ancaster, Ont.), after a nice rush in the Québec zone. Nicole Martindale (Brooklin, Ont.) contributed the assist to open the game. But by the end of the first, Catherine Dubois (Québec, Que.) evened the score at 1-1 and sent the fans in the stands into a frenzy.

Dubois followed up by scoring her second of the night early in the middle frame, giving her team a first-time lead in the game at 2-1 over Ontario Blue. With momentum now in its favour, Québec added two goals in a row from Laurie Mercier (Rouyn-Noranda, Que.) and Sabrina Tremblay (Sherbrooke, Que.) for the final 4-1 win.

Québec’s keeper, Ann-Renée Desbiens (La Malbaie Que.), made 16 saves in the victory and faced hard shots between the pipes. Her opponent, Brianna Quade (Newcastle, Ont.), also did a brilliant job, stopping 30 shots total. It was an intense matchup that saw six penalties awarded to both teams.

Ontario Blue plays its next game on Thursday (1 p.m. ET) against Saskatchewan while Québec will take on Atlantic (8 p.m. ET) on Day 2 in Saguenay. There are still good seats for both games at the Georges-Vézina Arena, so stop by and check out many of the top women’s players from across the country in action.


Game Information
Game Number 4 Round Preliminary
Arena Centre Georges-Vézina City, Country Saguenay, Que.
Month / Day / Year 11/02/2011 Time 08:00 PM ET
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Quebec (QC) 1 3 0 4
Ontario Blue (ON-B) 1 0 0 1

First Period
   02:52 ON-B 6 Taylor Accursi (77 Nicole Martindale)
   08:34 QC 19 Catherine Dubois (9 Sarah Lefort)

   09:22 ON-B 19 Cristin Shanahan (Hooking)
   12:20 QC 24 Camille Pauck-Therrien (Interference)

Second Period
   00:45 QC 19 Catherine Dubois (6 Geneviève Bannon)
   12:58 QC 7 Laurie Mercier (17 Vickie Lemire, 20 Mélodie Bouchard)
   16:29 QC 4 Sabrina Tremblay (16 Ève-Audrey Picard, 13 Alexandra Labelle)

   01:40 ON-B 25 Jillian Skinner (Bodychecking)
   13:13 QC 19 Catherine Dubois (Holding)
   13:13 ON-B 94 Leah Buress (Cross Checking)
   13:32 QC 9 Sarah Lefort (Slashing)

Third Period

   00:08 QC 6 Geneviève Bannon (Tripping)
   02:07 ON-B 7 Emma Woods (Hooking)
   09:20 QC 9 Sarah Lefort (Bodychecking)
   10:45 ON-B   (Too Many Men)
   13:49 ON-B 74 Lauren Merkley (Roughing)
   17:50 QC 20 Mélodie Bouchard (Bodychecking)

30 Ann-Renée Desbiens On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
Ontario Blue
29 Brianna Quade On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Quebec 8 19 8 35
Ontario Blue 7 4 5 16

Player of the Game
Quebec 19 Catherine Dubois
Ontario Blue 6 Taylor Accursi
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