(February 16, 2019 – Red Deer, AB) The Men’s Hockey and Ringette teams from Team Alberta dropped their opening games on the first day of their respective tournaments at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, AB.

The Ringette team faced off against Nova Scotia on the first day of competition at the Collicutt Centre and suffered an 8-5 loss in their opening match despite a stellar performance from Torrie Shennan, netting three goals.

Alberta trailed 3-0 midway through the game, but Alberta surged back in the third with Torrie Shennan scoring early to give Alberta a momentum boost and narrowing the gap to two goals. Moments later, Kaley Bilyk charged on a breakaway to score, making it a 1-goal game at 3-2. Nova Scotia answered seconds later to bring the score at 4-2. Determined, Alberta bounced back with a goal of their own courtesy of Shennan to remain in the game. A few minutes later, it was Kaitie Zipp’s turn to find the back of the net for Alberta, tying the game at four. In the final moments of the third period, Shennan scored her third goal of the game to take the 5-4 lead.

In the fourth and final period of play, Nova Scotia roared back to score four unanswered goals for the 8-5 win. Alberta outshot their opponents

The team led by Head Coach Heather Konkin will enjoy a day of rest prior to resuming their tournament against New Brunswick on Monday at 12:30pm.

In Men’s Hockey, Team Alberta faced off against Saskatchewan and dropped a heartbreaker 4-3 in overtime to kick start their tournament.

Kai Uchacz opened the scoring for Alberta in the first three minutes of the game to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Shortly thereafter, Saskatchewan equalized while on the powerplay. Before heading the locker room for the first intermission, Dylan Guenther took advantage of a powerplay and added a goal for Alberta to regain the lead.

In the second period, it was Saskatchewan who materialized on a 2-man powerplay to bring the score at two goals apiece. Before each team headed into the second intermission, Zach Stringer found the back of the net and made it a 3-2 game in favour of the home province.

About halfway in the third period, Saskatchewan scored to equalize the score, and eventually forcing overtime. It was finally Saskatchewan who score the game winner, just over two minutes of play into the overtime, to give them the lead.

Led by Head Coach Bobby Fox, the men’s hockey team will face off against Manitoba on Sunday at 4pm at the Centrium Arena for the second game of their tournament

Alberta Sport Connection (ASC) coordinates Team Alberta’s involvement in the Games. It is a provincial crown corporation dedicated to the development of sport in Alberta. ASC’s vision is for Alberta to be the premier sport delivery system in Canada.  It helps Alberta’s high-performance athletes train and pursue excellence.

For more information on the Alberta Sport Connection visit www.albertasport.ca or follow @AlbertaSport on Twitter.