SAULNIER BECOMES FIRST NOVA SCOTIA FEMALE TO SCORE AN OLYMPIC GOAL
Feb. 13, 2018
PYEONGCHANG — HIstory was made in South Korea today.
Halifax's Jill Saulnier scored the first-ever goal by a Nova Scotia female at the Olympics during a 4-1 victory over Finland earlier today. With 1:34 left in the second period, Rebecca Johnston sent Saulnier in on a breakaway where she beat Finnish netminder Noora Raty on the blocker side.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Franklin II/Associated Press)
“That was a pretty special moment. I know the girls were jumping up and down on the bench and to have my mom in the stands was pretty exciting, too," Saulnier said after the game. "To be able to contribute to that win was a pretty memorable moment.”
With the win over Finland, Canada is a perfect 2-0 at the Olympics in PyeongChang. On Sunday, they defeated the Olympic Athletes from Russia 5-0. Saulnier also registered an assist in the game.
Saulnier is joined at the 2018 Winter Olympics by fellow Nova Scotian and Stellarton native Blayre Turnbull. The pair are the first Nova Scotians to ever make Canada's women's Olympic team. Spryfield's Troy Ryan, a former coach with Hockey Nova Scotia's High Performance Program, is an assistant coach with the team.
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(PHOTO: Jill Saulnier, Troy Ryan and Blayre Turnbull at the opening ceremony.)
Team Canada's next opponent is Team USA. They face off at 11:40 p.m. (Atlantic time) on Wednesday night.
Hockey Nova Scotia would like to wish Saulnier, Turnbull and Ryan the best of luck as they proudly represent Canada.