Quebec 4 - Ontario Blue 1
QUEBEC STARTS THE GOOD WAY
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.
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.
|Arena||Centre Georges-Vézina||City, Country||Saguenay, Que.|
|Month / Day / Year||11/02/2011||Time||08:00 PM ET|
|Ontario Blue (ON-B)||1||0||0||1|
| Goals: |
02:52 ON-B 6 Taylor Accursi (77 Nicole Martindale)
08:34 QC 19 Catherine Dubois (9 Sarah Lefort)
| Goals: |
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)
| Goals: |
|Ontario Blue|| |
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Player of the Game|
|Quebec||19 Catherine Dubois|
|Ontario Blue||6 Taylor Accursi|