PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The stage is set for the gold medal game in women’s hockey at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Quebec and Ontario earned semifinal victories on Thursday, and will meet Friday night at the CN Centre.
The gold medal game is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT and can be seen live on TSN2 and RDS.
Quebec edged Saskatchewan 4-3 in overtime in Thursday’s early semifinal, while Ontario topped Alberta 5-2 in the late game.
Friday will mark the third time Quebec will play in the gold medal game, while Ontario will make its sixth straight appearance. Quebec and Ontario previously met in the 2003 final in Bathurst, N.B., with Ontario winning gold.
Since women’s hockey made its Canada Winter Games debut in 1991, Ontario and Alberta have combined to win all six gold medals. Ontario won four consecutive gold in 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007, while Alberta was victorious in 1991 and 2011. Quebec has never won gold, earning silver medals in 1991 and 2003.
In Thursday’s early semifinal, Valérie Audet scored the overtime winner on a power play at 1:41 of the extra period to lead Quebec into the gold medal game. Gabrielle David, Lidia Fillion and Marika Labrecque also scored for Quebec, which is undefeated in five games entering the final. Maude Trévisan picked up her fourth win of the tournament in the Quebec goal, turning away 12 of 15 shots.
In the second semifinal, Rhyen McGill opened the scoring 62 seconds in and added two more goals in the final two minutes to complete her hat trick and send Ontario to the final. Josiane Pozzebon and Kaitlin Tse also scored for Ontario, which will look to avenge its lone loss of the tournament, a 3-1 setback to Quebec in the preliminary round finale on Monday night. Julia Vandyk earned the win for Ontario, making 31 saves.
Saskatchewan and Alberta will meet in the bronze medal game on Friday afternoon at the CN Centre. The game can be seen live via webcast at www.sportscanada.tv, beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
Single-game tickets for the gold and bronze medal games are on sale at the CN Centre box office or online at www.ticketmaster.ca.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Morgan Bell, Hockey Canada’s coordinator of media relations, is on site in Prince George for women’s hockey at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Please contact her for any interview requests at (403) 669-1261 or [email protected].
Women’s hockey at the 2015 Canada Winter Games brings together the top players from across Canada born in 1997 or later.
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