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From Monday, February 18th, 2019: Day 3 of competition:
LACROIX, BRANDER TO FIGHT FOR THE GOLD MEDAL IN BOXING.
Two Team Alberta boxers have won their semi-final match in front of a packed house at the Westerner Park. Janick Lacroix (75kg) and Cole Brander (56kg) each advanced to the gold medal fight courtesy of unanimous decision in their respective semi-final matches.
“I feel good. I am not very happy about my performance. He’s a tough kid. I fought him before and the last time I fought him I lost. This was sort of a rematch. I beat him this time, and now I’m moving on to gold. I’m looking forward to fighting in the gold medal fight,” said Janick Lacroix after his contest.
Brander was equally as excited to move on to the ultimate round: “Winning this match was amazing. I’m really happy with how the fight went. Matthew is a great competitor. I want to thank my coach, all my supplying partners, those who train with me.”
Both gold medal fights involving Team Alberta members are slated for Wednesday, February 20 at the Westerner Park and broadcast on TSN.
TEAM ALBERTA TAKES EXCITING VICTORY IN WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL, REMAINS UNDEFEATED.
The Alberta wheelchair basketball team faced off against Ontario on the second day of competition. Alberta, sitting in first place of the standings with two big wins on Sunday, came out ready for their first real test of the tournament.
Team Alberta trailed at the halftime 25-23 score thanks to a strong start from their opponents but quickly bounced back. The team from the host province generated a large rally in the third quarter to take a comfortable lead heading into the final quarter.
Alberta managed to maintain the lead despite a surge from Ontario. In the final seconds the game, Alberta resisted the strong pressure and won 59-54. Brandon Doll had a huge game scoring 29 points.
After three games in the tournament, Alberta is sitting in first place of its pool. Alberta has one game remaining in the round robin tournament with a matchup against Nova Scotia set to take place tomorrow at 1:00 pm at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
MEN’S HOCKEY NARROWLY WINS FINAL ROUND ROBIN GAME AT CENTRIUM.
In men’s hockey at the Centrium, Team Alberta faced off against British Columbia in the last game of the round robin tournament. With a playoff berth already secured, Alberta needed a win to secure an easier path to the medal matches.
British Columbia opened the score in the 6th minute of the first period and added a second goal on the powerplay with just over three minutes left in the opening period, taking a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
In the fifth minute of the second period, BC increased their lead to three goals taking advantage of a 2-man advantage. Alberta opened the score thanks to a goal from Craig Armstrong. Alberta narrowed the lead to just a single goal courtesy of a goal by Colton Dach with just over four minutes left in the second period.
It took no time in the third period for BC to regain their two goals lead, scoring in the first minute of play to bring the score at 4-2. Alberta continued to fight for the win and narrowed the gap to one goal with just over eight minutes left in the game, courtesy of Marc Lajoie.
Alberta benefited from two consecutive powerplays in the last five minutes of the third period and managed to squeeze on in the back of the next with just over three minutes with Zach Ostapchuk netting the equalizer. Alberta 19 scored with 27 seconds left in the games to secure the win for Alberta. Sean Tschigerl netted the game-winning goal for the host province to the delight of the large crowd.
Team Alberta ended the round-robin tournament with a 2-1 record, in first place of the pool standings. The top seed of the pool will play in the quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Centrium.
ALBERTA ROCKS THE POOL AT ARTISTIC SWIMMING
In Calgary, Team Alberta continued to dominate in the pool in Artistic Swimming at the Repsol Centre. The Alberta duet comprised of Jaime Czarkowski and Teah Hoffmann of Calgary, AB posted the best score of 76.3731 points in the technical routine.
The duet will perform in the free routine on Wednesday at 11:45 a.m.
In the evening team event, Alberta continued its water domination and currently leads the standings in the team duet after posting the top score of 77.6363 points after the technical routine.
The Finals for the female team event will take place on Thursday at 5:10 p.m.