Team Alberta challenged Manitoba’s undefeated status in women’s ringette giving Manitoba a run for its money on Tuesday night at the Collicut Centre.
Alberta was ahead for the first two periods of the game in what seemed like a guaranteed win for Team Alberta with a score of 5-1. In the third, Team Manitoba came on the ice with new zest. Alberta scored two more goals, and Manitoba completely caught up with Alberta by the end of the fourth period leaving the score at a tie of 7-7.
The game went into two overtime periods but eventually ended with a goal for Manitoba, costing Alberta the win at 8-7 for Manitoba. Shots on net were 63-46 for Alberta.
Despite the loss, Heather Konkin, Head Coach for Team Alberta was proud of the team for a game well played.
“We came out, we played, we executed. I am proud of our girls and they did a good job. Any time we go into overtime, it’s anyone’s game and we just came out on the wrong end of that.”
Konkin noted that the experience of the Winter Games is one that is very unique to its athletes and going into overtime she emphasized that with the team.
“We talked about grounding yourself. At the end of the day, these are the type of games we live for so enjoy it, embrace it, have fun and just go out and play.”
This far into the winter games, Team Alberta has one win against New Brunswick, a loss against Nova Scotia, and another loss now with Manitoba. Team Alberta will be back on the ice on February 20th at 9:00 am where Alberta will face P.E.I.