It was a solid start to the game for Team B.C., as two linemates who played stellar games against Team Saskatchewan in the opening game, picked up right where they left off. Sarah Potomak scored for Team B.C. at 5:30 providing the home team an early 1-0 lead over the champs.
The lone assist on Potomak's goal, her third of the tournament, was given to Lauren Spring, who has now earned four assists in two games.
However, as the period progressed, Team B.C. found themselves taking numerous trips to the penalty box, which Team Ontario Red took advantage of.
Back-to-back hooking and holding calls allowed the defending champs to score twice with the man advantage. Nicole Martindale scored for Ontario Red at 8:56 to tie the game at 1-1, which was followed by a marker off the stick of Emma Woods, who scored what would turn out to be the game-winning-goal at 10:44.
Following a scoreless second, the third and final goal was scored by Team Ontario Red, as Sydney McKibbon scored a third power play marker for the Ontario team for a final score of 3-1.
It was a busy night for B.C.’s starting goaltender Hayley Dowling, who faced thirty shots on the night, compared to the 17 faced by Ontario Red’s Kassidy Sauve.
Dowling's performance in net earned her Player of the Game honours Tea B.C., while Player of the Game for Ontario Red was Alexandra Moore.
On Friday, both teams are back on the ice, as Team Ontario Red will take on Team Saskatchewan at 4 p.m. MT, while B.C. will face Team Atlantic at 7 p.m. MT.
Friday’s games will be the final preliminary games on the schedule. Tournament playoffs will begin Saturday, with the finals being played Sunday.