February 23, 2019

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

The ringette finals at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer did not disappoint yesterday, 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


Photo Credit:  Andre Vandal, Ringette Canada


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