Taryn Baumgardt helped Team Alberta to a gold medal finish at the Canada Winter Games Saturday.
This is Team Alberta’s first gold medal at the Canada Winter Games since 1991 when they won with a team led by Hayley Wickenheiser.
Team Alberta U18 defeated Team Ontario 3-2 Saturday night to capture the gold medal in female hockey at the 2011 Canada Winter games in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
After a scoreless first period, Alberta came out of the gates flying in the second, said Mike Dennis, with Hockey Alberta.
Bryanne Panchuk (Calgary) opened the scoring at the 6:08 mark. Less than a minute later Brittany Fouracres (Airdrie) found the back of the net giving Alberta a 2-0 go-ahead. Panchuk would later add another marker late in the frame putting Alberta up 3-0 heading into the third.
Ontario would not rollover, said Dennis.
Ontario scored early in the third and then later in the period putting Ontario within one, but Dennis said it was too little too late.
Alberta humg on for the final three minutes battling off Ontario’s last minute strike to hold onto the victory.
Team Alberta finished the round robin 4-0. They defeated PEI 12-0 in the placement round and Saskatchewan 6-2 in the semi finals.
Innisfail’s Baumgardt notched a goal during round robin play.