Courtesy of University of Toronto sports information
March 9, 2013, Toronto (CIS) – Third-year forward Jacqueline Scheffel tallied four points in leading the University of Toronto Varsity Blues to a 5-4 shoot out win over the No. 4 UBC Thunderbirds on Friday night at the 2013 CIS women’s hockey championship.
The win marks Toronto’s first on the national stage since defeating Dalhousie to claim fifth place at the 2006 tournament. The Blues await the results of the UBC/Montreal game tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. to determine their fate in the wide-open Pool A standings.
A native of Waubaushene, Ont., Scheffel notched one goal and three assists in the third consecutive game that need extra time at the 2013 tournament. Rookie forward Taylor Day of Ilderton, Ont., added two points, including the game-tying tally with 34 seconds remaining in regulation, while Toronto team captain Kelly O’Hanlon of Markham, Ont., scored the lone goal of the shoot out to secure the win.
“I think we played unbelievable,” said an elated Scheffel after the game. “There were ups and downs but we came back. I had a frustrating game yesterday so I just played as hard as I could and good things came from it.”
Nicole Kesteris of Aurora, Ont., had another solid night between the pipes, posting 32 saves in the victory.
“Nicole has just been so consistent and strong,” said Varsity Blues head coach Vicky Sunohara. “Not only is she stopping the puck but she’s proven to be that pep-up player to the team as well. Nicole is doing it all and she really deserved the win tonight.”
The UBC Thunderbirds, appearing in their first national championship, take on the top-seeded Montreal Carabins tomorrow night. The Canada West champions showed great resilience in the loss, scoring three third-period goals to force the extra minutes.
“We battled back tonight but Toronto worked really hard and wanted it more than us,” said CIS coach of the year Graham Thomas of the UBC. “We weren’t playing desperate enough and our backs are against the wall now. We have to rebound and refocus against Montreal.”
Fourth-year defenceman and Ottawa native Marlie McLaughlin notched Toronto’s first goal of the championship when she sent a low point shot through traffic to beat UBC netminder Samantha Langford (Pense, Sask.) nine minutes into the game. Toronto native Sonja Weidenfelder put the home team up by two five minutes into the second period as she banged home a Callie Bazak (Peterborough, Ont.) rebound on the powerplay.
Toronto got into penalty trouble midway through the game, with UBC receiving two 30-second 5-on-3 opportunities. The Thunderbirds did not disappoint as sophomore defenceman Sarah Casorso of Kelowna, B.C., wired a shot from the high slot past a sprawling Kesteris to cut the deficit to one.
The two teams exploded for five goals in the third frame, starting with a second tally from Casorso on a beautiful wrap around 3:58 into the period.
Scheffel added her third point of the night as she finished off a beautiful 2-on-1 with U of T rookie Taylor Day (Ilderton, Ont.) by roofing the puck over Langford’s shoulder.
The Thunderbirds came storming back to tie it again and notched their third powerplay goal of the night as Kaylee Chanakos banged home a Nicole Saxvik (North Vancouver, B.C.) rebound with 3:22 remaining. Rookie UBC forward Genevieve Carpenter-Boesch (Regina) then gave the Thunderbirds back the lead as she tipped a Christi Capozzi point shot past Kesteris with 1:41 remaining in the game.
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With UBC’s Kaitlin Imai in the box and Kesteris pulled, Day forced overtime on the 6-on-4 advantage as U of T crashed the net with 34 seconds remaining.
O’Hanlon opened the shoot out with her signature deke and Kesteris stopped all three UBC shooters to secure the win.
Complete boxscore: BOXSCORE
Toronto 5, UBC 4 (shoot out)
1. TOR Marlie McLaughlin (1) (Jacqueline Scheffel, Kelly O’Hanlon), 8:58;
Emily O’Neill (UBC) body checking, 1:43
Ragan Danford (TOR) interference, 4:45
Emily O’Neill (UBC) hooking, 12:06
Rebecca Unrau (UBC) tripping, 16:47
2. TOR Sonja Weidenfelder (1) (Jacqueline Scheffel, Callie Bazak) (PP)
3. UBC Sarah Casorso (1) (Nicole Saxvik) (PP)
Nikola Brown-John (UBC) cross checking 4:57;
Courtney Tougas (TOR) interference, 5:37;
Callie Bazak (TOR) delay of game, 8:39;
April Looije (TOR) tripping, 10:03;
Ragan Danford (TOR) roughing, 11:31;
Nicole Saxvik (UBC) checking to the head, 13:06;
Nikola Brown-John (UBC) cross checking, 14:18;
Jacqueline Scheffel (TOR) holding, 20:00;
4. UBC Sarah Casorso (2) (Nicole Saxvik, Samantha Langford) 3:58 (PP)
5. TOR Jacqueline Scheffel (1) (Taylor Day) 12:49
6. UBC Kaylee Chanakos (1) (Nicole Saxvik, Christi Capozzi) 16:38
7. UBC Genevieve Carpenter-Boesch (1) (Christi Capozzi) 18:19
8. TOR Taylor Day (1) (Jacqueline Scheffel) 19:26
Mary Claire Geneau (TOR) holding, 3:32
Jacqueline Scheffel (TOR) body checking; 16:19
Kaitlin Imai (UBC) cross checking, 18:45;
TOR Kelly O’Hanlon – GOAL
UBC Tatiana Rafter – missed
TOR Courtney Tougas – missed
UBC Kaitlin Imai – missed
TOR Callie Bazak – missed
UBC Sarah Casorso – missed
GOALS (by period)
SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
TOR: Nicole Kesteris (W, 1-0-1, 36 shots, 32 saves, 70:00)
UBC: Samantha Langford (L, 0-0-1, 32 shots, 28 saves, 70:00)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
TOR: Jacqueline Scheffel
UBC: Sarah Casorso
REFEREE: Gabrielle Ariano-Lortie
LINESMEN: Jennifer McMahon, Marce Ross