Quebec claims first ever gold medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games

Red Deer, Alberta – February 22, 2019 – The ringette finals at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer did not disappoint today, with athletes leaving it all on the ice. Quebec claimed its first ever Canada Winter Games gold, defeating Ontario 4-3 in overtime. Gatineau’s Julie Vandal dumped in the overtime winner and was beaming from ear to ear following the game. “This is a dream come true, we have been working for three and a half years for this and it has paid off.”

In a fast-paced, head to head battle, Manitoba claimed bronze, defeating British Columbia 6-4. Surrey’s Kiana Heska had an amazing performance between the pipes for BC, facing a whopping 52 shots. Taylor Hildebrand (Oak Bluff) picked up two goals for Manitoba and talked about her team’s performance following the game.

“We came out a bit panicky at the start, but we came together and we knew we could do it. We had courage and were relentless,” said Hildebrand. “We knew going into the game that only 55 athletes come away from these games with a medal and we knew we wanted one.”

Earlier in the day, teams who were eliminated from the playoff round played placement games at Collicutt Arena. Alberta downed Saskatchewan 11-6 and New Brunswick beat Nova Scotia 8-3.

Final scores for February 22:

Placement games:
AB 11 SK 6
NB 8 NS 3

Bronze medal game:
MB 6 BC 4

Gold medal game:
QC 4 ON 3

Final standings at the 2019 Canada Winter Games:
Gold: Quebec
Silver: Ontario
Bronze: Manitoba
4th: British Columbia
5th: New Brunswick
6th: Nova Scotia
7th: Alberta
8th: Saskatchewan
9th: Prince Edward Island

Pictures of the ringette competition at the Canada Winter Games can be found here. If you require high resolution images, please contact alayne@ringette.ca.

All games have been webcast live and archived game footage can be viewed at canadagames.live/ringett

About Ringette
Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently over 31,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada, with over 1,500 officials and nearly 8000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in more than a half a dozen other countries around the world. Ringette has been designated a Heritage Sport by Sport Canada and as part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. As a proud member of True Sport, Ringette Canada is committed to sport that is values-based and principle-driven. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada Web site atwww.ringette.ca.

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