Day 2 of our 2016 U18 National Championships began again with some blistering heat. The first 3 matches of the day were the final round-robin games, which were followed by 3 quarter final games. It was all or nothing for our 7 teams vying for a gold medal.
Game 1 of the day featured PEI and Ontario Red. Ontario Red came out strong opening the scoring in the 4th minute as Junior National Team standout Margaret Pham was able to find the back of the net through a well built up field goal. At Half time Ontario was ahead 7-0. PEI goalkeeper Jacklyn MacKinnon stood on her head making countless saves to keep the game close. Pham finished off with 4 goals in total as Ontario Red took the game 12-0.
The second game of the day had BC Yellow and Alberta facing off. With both teams playing strong defense, it was a low scoring affair. Alberta goalkeeper Camilla Macgillivary made some spectacular saves to keep the Albertans in the game. Vancouver Island native Kyla Toljander scored late in 63rd minute to crack the dead lock giving BC Yellow the lead. Alberta threw everything forward, but was unable to equalize, as BC Yellow took the match 1-0.
Game 3 was a heated battle between BC White and Ontario White. With quarter final placements on the line, both teams came out swinging. BC White took the early lead with a 7th minute goal by Chloe Walton, which was immediately followed by a 2nd two minutes later as Madeleine Shandro pounded one home. With BC White leading 3-1 late in the 2nd half, Victoria Van Sickle scored a beautifully taken stroke to pull Ontario White within 1 in the dying minutes. BC White was able to hold off the late surge by Ontario White, as they took the victory 3-2.
Game 4, quarter final number 1, featured BC Blue and PEI. Finishing atop pool B, BC Blue proved their quality as they came out flying with a goal in the 2nd minute through Isabelle Fraser and in the 4th minute through Leina Dueck. At half the score read 7-0. Standout performance goes to Dakota Chan who finished of with 3 goals. BC Blue was victorious 12-0.
Game 5, quarter final number 2, brought together Ontario White and BC Yellow. This was a very balanced match with both teams creating their share of chances. BC Yellow was able to capitalize in the 25th and 27th minute with both goals by Ashton Aumen. They were able to hold on the 2-0 scoreline to qualify for semi-finals.
The last game of the day, quarter final number 3, had Alberta taking on BC White. BC White were able to open the scoring in the 18th minute with a penalty corner goal through Anna Gosney. They continued to pressure Alberta and took a 4-0 lead into the half. Standout performance goes to Audrey Sawers who finished the game with 4 goals. The final score had BC White ahead 9-1. The lone Alberta goal came from Kelsie Volek.
Schedule for Friday July 29th
9:00am – Cons: PEI vs Ontario White
11:00am – Semi-final 1: Ontario Red vs BC White
1:00pm – Semi-final 2: BC Blue vs BC Yellow
3:00pm – Cons: Ontario White vs Alberta