Sunday March 1, 2015
Prince George, BC – For the fifth time, Ontario has won the men’s hockey gold medal at the Canada Winter Games, beating Alberta 3-1 in Sunday afternoon’s gold medal game at the CN Centre.
It’s the eighth medal ever at the Canada Winter Games for Ontario, which also won gold in 1971, 1983, 1991 and 2007. It was silver medalist in 1987, and won bronze in 1967 and 2003. Alberta won its fourth silver medal, joining 1971, 1991 and 1995.
On Sunday, Ryan McLeod opened the scoring eight minutes into the second period, and Nick Suzuki and Zachary Gallant added goals seven minutes apart in the third to give Ontario all the offence it would need. Zane Franklin ended Michael DiPietro’s shutout bid with just two seconds left for the lone Alberta goal.
DiPietro finished with 29 saves in the Ontario goal, while Ian Scott made 33 stops for Alberta.
The men’s hockey tournament at the 2015 Canada Winter Games brought together the top players from across Canada’s provinces and territories born in 1999 or later. Team Ontario was comprised of 20 players eligible for the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.
2015 CANADA WINTER GAMES – TEAM ONTARIO U16 GOLD MEDALISTS
Simon Boyko (Toronto Jr. Canadiens)
Zachary Gallant (Mississauga Rebels)
Joseph Garreffa (Toronto Titans)
Brady Gilmour (Quinte Red Devils)
Ben Jones (Toronto Marlboros)
Ryan McLeod (Toronto Marlboros)
Greg Meireles (Ottawa Jr. 67’s)
Brett Neumann (Don Mills Flyers)
Isaac Ratcliffe (London Jr. Knights)
Nick Suzuki (London Jr. Knights)
Owen Tippett (Toronto Red Wings)
Gabriel Vilardi (CIH Academy)
Ian Blacker (Brampton 45’s)
Jakob Brahaney (Quinte Red Devils)
Hayden Davis (Hamilton Huskies)
Quinn Hanna (Peterborough Petes)
Markus Phillips (Toronto Titans)
Reilly Webb (Toronto Titans)
Brendan Bonello (Toronto Titans)
Michael DiPietro (Sun County Panthers)
Team Ontario Personnel:
Director of Operations: Patrick Sweeney (Peterborough Petes Minor Midget)
Head Coach: Drew Bannister (Owen Sound Attack)
Assistant Coach: David Schlitt (Huron-Perth Lakers Minor Midget)
Assistant Coach: Cyril Bollers (Pickering Panthers Jr. A)
Equipment Manager: Glen Kinney (Team Ontario Under-16)
Video Coach: Jeff Jordan (Ottawa Senators Major Midget/Ottawa 67’s)
For more information on men’s hockey at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, please visit http://www.hockeycanada.ca/cwgm, or follow along via social media at https://twitter.com/canadagames by using the official hashtag #CGHockey.