2012 National Women's Under-18 Championship

Alberta 4 - Manitoba 1


DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – It was a game of firsts Wednesday morning at the EnCana Events Centre.

Karly Heffernan (St. Albert, Alta.) scored the first goal midway through the first period, helping Alberta secure the first win on the first day of the 2012 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, and ultimately leading her province to a 4-1 win over western Canadian rivals Manitoba.

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Alberta had the jump right from the start, with Manitoba getting sent to the box just 32 seconds into the game and then getting called on another penalty less than eight minutes into the game. Alberta took full advantage of the opposition’s shaky start, putting plenty of pucks on net, skating with some serious speed and keeping Manitoba’s players on their toes.

The momentum continued through the middle frame for Alberta, with Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alta.) making it 2-0 at 8:05 in the second and Samantha Sutherland following suit at 14:35 to put the scoreboard at 3-0 going into intermission.

But Manitoba wouldn’t allow Alberta to skate away with a shutout.

After regrouping during the break, Manitoba came out of the doors flying in the third, with 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World champion Ashleigh Brykaliuk (Brandon, Man.) putting her team up on the scoreboard just 51 seconds into the third.

There simply wasn’t enough time for a comeback, however, and Alberta’s Madison Haller (Calgary, Alta.) would seal the deal with a power-play goal at 2:41 in the last frame for a final score of 4-1, giving her team the first three points in the standings.

Alberta’s next task will be taking on Quebec, with the puck dropping Thursday morning at 10 a.m. MT, while Manitoba will look for its first tournament win Thursday at 1 p.m. MT against Ontario Blue. Check www.HockeyCanada.ca/NWU18C for more information and watch national championship games live at FASTHockey.


Game Information
Game Number 01 Round Preliminary
Arena EnCana Events Centre City, Country Dawson Creek, B.C.
Month / Day / Year 11/07/2012 Time 10:00 AM MT
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Alberta (AB) 1 2 1 4
Manitoba (MB) 0 0 1 1

First Period
   10:02 AB 22 Karly Heffernan (11 Jessyka Holt)

   00:32 MB 2 Halli Krzyzaniak (Hooking)
   07:51 AB 3 Sydney Smith (Holding)

Second Period
   08:05 AB 12 Cassandra Vilgrain (20 Samantha Sutherland, 11 Jessyka Holt)
   14:35 AB 20 Samantha Sutherland (11 Jessyka Holt, 10 Taryn Baumgardt)

   04:22 MB 8 Tirra Lemoine (Tripping)
   10:30 AB 15 Caitlin Fyten (Tripping)

Third Period
   00:51 MB 7 Ashleigh Brykaliuk 
   02:41 AB 19 Shae Labbe (22 Karly Heffernan, 5 Madison Haller) PP

   02:07 MB 19 Haley Studler (Roughing)
   05:25 AB 14 Alexandria Serpico (Hooking)
   13:30 AB 30 Robyn Chemago (Tripping)

30 Robyn Chemago On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
35 Brittni Mowat On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Alberta 5 13 6 24
Manitoba 13 13 7 33

Player of the Game
Alberta 20 Samantha Sutherland
Manitoba 2 Halli Krzyzaniak
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