Five Manitoba-born players suited up for Team Canada as the U18 Women’s World Championship got underway Friday night in Ontario.

The list of players includes Jalyn Elmes, on defence from Brandon, Man.; Ryleigh Houston, a forward from Winnipeg; forward Kayla Friesen of Winnipeg; forward Ashton Bell of Deloraine, Man. and forward Sheridan Oswald of MacGregor, Man.

The tournament is taking place in St. Catharines, Ont.

Canada opened with a 5-2 win over Russia.

Bell scored an even strength goal in the first period to give Canada a 2-0 lead.

Houston found the scoresheet in the second period; her power play marker, which turned out be the eventual game winner, gave Canada a 3-1 lead.

The next game for the Canadians goes Saturday night when they face the Czech Republic.

Canada will take on Team USA on Monday.

The games can be viewed live on Hockey Canada’s website.