PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – For the fifth time, Ontario has won the men’s hockey gold medal at the Canada Winter Games, beating Alberta 3-1 in Sunday afternoon’s gold medal game at the CN Centre.
It’s the eighth medal ever at the Canada Winter Games for Ontario, which also won gold in 1971, 1983, 1991 and 2007. It was silver medallist in 1987, and won bronze in 1967 and 2003. Alberta won its fourth silver medal, joining 1971, 1991 and 1995.
On Sunday, Ryan McLeod opened the scoring eight minutes into the second period, and Nick Suzuki and Zachary Gallant added goals seven minutes apart in the third to give Ontario all the offence it would need. Zane Franklin ended Michael DiPietro’s shutout bid with just two seconds left for the lone Alberta goal.
DiPietro finished with 29 saves in the Ontario goal, while Ian Scott made 33 stops for Alberta.
On Saturday, Hayden Ostir finished his hat trick with two goals in the third period, Leif Mattson scored the game-winner with 10:54 to go and Manitoba won the bronze medal with a 5-3 win over Quebec. Logan Christensen had the other goal for Manitoba, and Matthew Radomsky needed to make just 15 saves.
It’s the second bronze medal for Manitoba, joining 1991, and third medal overall; it won silver in 2007.
The men’s hockey tournament at the 2015 Canada Winter Games brought together the top players from across Canada’s provinces and territories born in 1999 or later.
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