Northern exposure paying off in gold

ROB BRODIE

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

With one final golden flourish, capital region athletes capped a medal-filled opening week at the Canada Winter Games.

In the wee hours of yesterday morning, Ontario claimed the last two golds awarded during Week 1 in frosty Whitehorse, with Manitoba being on the short end both times.

Rachel Homan's City View rink capped a perfect run through the women's curling competition by dumping Manitoba 7-5 at the McIntyre Recreation Centre. It's only the second time Ontario has won women's curling gold at the Games.

The Homan foursome took charge in the third end with a steal of three that built a 5-1 lead. Another stolen point in the eighth made it 7-3, and Homan, 17, of Orleans, held on from there to cap a 7-0 week.

The championship rink also included third Emma Miskew and second Lynn Kreviazuk of Ottawa, and lead Jamie Sinclair of Manotick.

In men's hockey, Ontario earned its first Canada Games gold since 1991 with a thrilling 6-4 victory over Manitoba.

Nepean's Chris Carrozzi was one of the heroes for Ontario. After Manitoba closed the gap to 5-4 in the second period, Carrozzi replaced Toronto's Edward Pasquale between the pipes and turned in 31 minutes of shutout goaltending to preserve the win.

Also earning gold medals were centre Cody Lindsay and defenceman Tyler Cuma of the Ottawa 67's.

A pair of speed skaters provided the biggest local highlights in the opening week of the Games.

RIGHT ON TRACK

National teamer Nicolas Bean of the Gloucester Concordes brought home five short-track medals -- two gold, two silver and one bronze. On the long track, Maddie Martin of the Ottawa Pacers collected two gold, one silver and one bronze.

Week 2 competition begins today. Local athletes to watch in the week ahead include ice dancers Lisa Casselman and Ryan Behnia of the Nepean Skating Club, who come to Whitehorse as Canadian pre-novice champions, and the Neil Sinclair curling rink from Manotick.

GAMES CHATTER: National junior teamer Samantha Cornett of Dunrobin is part of the top-seeded Ontario women's squash team which begins Canada Games play today ... Two of Ontario's first three games in the men's curling competition are being televised live by TSN: Tomorrow vs. P.E.I. and Tuesday vs. Saskatchewan. Both air at 11:30 a.m. ... Former World Cup competitor Elisa Kurylowicz of Manotick was a manager for the Ontario freestyle ski team during Week 1 ... By far, the biggest local contingent at the Games will be in fencing, where 10 Ontario team members have Ottawa-area connections.

BADMINTON MASTERS: The RA Badminton Club earned a fistful of gold medals at the Ontario masters championships last weekend in Kitchener. Chris Dorey and Mike Levasseur were the men's doubles champions in both the over-35 and over-40 categories. Ian Bishop claimed men's singles gold in the over-50 and over-55 classes; the men's doubles +55 title with Peter Christensen, and mixed doubles +55 top honours with Val Butler. Silver medallists from the RA included Lou Brazeau, men's singles (over-45), and Christensen, men's singles (over-55).

AROUND THE AMATEUR SCENE: The Christie Lake Kids, Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre and Ottawa Gee-Gees women's hockey program all received $5,000 grants from the Bell Community Sport Fund. Olympic women's hockey gold medallist Lori Dupuis of Williamstown took part in the official presentation yesterday at the Bernard Grandmaitre Arena ... The Pink Panthers edged the Silver Bullets 3-2 in the final of Kanata soccer's indoor age 9-11 tournament last weekend. Jodi Burke's goal on a penalty kick proved to be the game winner.


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