Female U18 Program Skates to 6th Place Finish at Canada Games
Monday, March 4th, 2019 - The final buzzer sounded for Team Saskatchewan's Female U18 program and the result was a 6th place finish amonst the 12 provinces/territories at the 2019 Canada Winter Game from Red Deer, Alberta. Team Saskatchewan began the tournament in Pool "A" amonst the likes of Team Quebec, Team Manitoba and Team New Brunswick.
Action began on Sunday, February 24th, with a game against their border rival in Team Manitoba. A tough openning period, which saw Team Saskatchewan take three (3) minor penalties and finish out the period, down 2-0 on the scoreboard. The trend of the first perioud carried over for Team Saskatchewan as the girls would take four (4) more penalties, killing each of those off but giving an even strength goal to close out a 3-0 deficit heading into the 3rd period. The final period was a back and forth afair, however, neither team found the score sheet and resulted in a 3-0 loss to Team Manitoba.
The next game for Team Saskatchewan came against Team New Brunswick in a must win game and playoff implications on the line. The girls came out strong with sixteen shots to Team New Brunswick's ten shots. It was Abby Soyko (Prince Albert) who got the teams openning goal of the tournament to take a 1-0 lead into the break at the 14 minute mark of the 1st period. In the 2nd period, Team Saskatchewan appeared to have their legs under them as Kaitlin Jockims (Saskatoon) and Joelle Fiala (Clavet) fired home a goal each to make it 3-0. In the final frame, Team Saskatchewan had goals from Jayda Sachs (Warman), Joelle Fiala once again and two goals from Kaitlin Jockims, along with the goal in the 1st perioud, completed the hat trick. Team New Brunwick was able to muster one (1) goal in the 3rd period of the contest, yet Chantel Weller (Saskatoon) turned aside eight-teen shots for the win. The final game of the preliminary round put Team Saskatchewan up against a tough opponent in Team Quebec. Quebec got on the board early but Saskatchewan responded with goals from Grace Shirley (Saskatoon) and Kaitlin Jockims to take a 2-1 lead into the 2nd period. The ice tilted in the middle frame as Team Quebec fired home three (3) goals to take a 3-2 lead into period three. Saskatchewan was able to muster another goal on the stick of Joelle Fiala but a smiliar result in the final period lead to a 7-3 loss to Team Quebec.
Team Saskatchewan finished the Preliminary Round in 3rd place, with a record of one (1) win, two (2) losses.
Pool A - Preliminary Results
The Quarter-Final round put Team Saskatchewan against the 2nd seed from Pool B, in Team Ontario. Team Saskatchewan was in tough in the openning period, being outshot 14 to 1 but only allowing one goal on the strong play from netminder, Arden Kliewer (Saskatoon). The 2nd period would be a change of fortune as Team Ontario blew the game wide open scoring four (4) unanswered goals. Team Saskatchewan was able to answer when Taylor Lind (Shaunavon) found the score sheet but Saskatchewan was left with a 5-1 deficit leading into the 3rd period. The final period saw only one goal between the teams, when Saskatchewan's Joelle Fiala found the net at the 18:51 mark. The final score would be 5-2, dropping Saskatchewan into the Relegation Round against Team Nova Scotia.
The game between Team Saskatchewan and Team Nova Scotia was a tight contest. Team Saskatchewan got on the board first when Team Captain' Grace Shirley scored in the 1st period. Shirley then responded with another goal in the 2nd period before Team Nova Scotia inched closer with a goal of their own. The game went into the 3rd period with a score of 2-1, for Team Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan's shut down defence proved strong, as they shutout Team Nova Scotia in the final frame and were able to add a last minute goal on the stick of Kaitlin Jockims. The final score in the game was 3-1 for Team Saskatchewan and with that result, setup a rematch with Team Manitoba of the Preliminary round.
The final game for Team Saskatchewan at the tournament was a rematch with Team Manitoba for 5th place in the overall standings. Once again Team Manitoba came out firing, much like in their first matchup with Team Saskatchewan. The Manotiba team directed eleven shots at the net, scoring on two occasions and taking an early 2-0 lead into the 2nd period. In the middle frame, Saskatchewan would answer at the 12:46 mark with a goal from Joelle Fiala. Team Manitoba was not to be outdone on this day as they scored two (2) more goals to close out a strong forty minutes of play, score 4-1. With Team Saskatchewan battling from behind, they were able to score on goals from Kennedy Bobyck (Regina) and once again, Grace Shirley to make the game 4-3. It was at the 9:24 mark of the third period where Team Manitoba would secure the victory with an insurance goal to put Saskatchewan down 5-3. The score ended 5-3 and with that resuly, Saskatchewan placed 6th amonst the 12 team tournament.
Team Saskatchewan Scorers
Players who registered at least one (1) point, as per CWG Results Female