Courtesy of University of Toronto sports information
March 8, 2013, Toronto (CIS) – Third-year forward Casandra Dupuis was the overtime hero as the top-seeded Montreal Carabins edged the host University of Toronto Varsity Blues 1-0 on Day 1 of the CIS women’s hockey championship, Thursday night at Varsity Arena.
A native of Sherbrooke, Que., Dupuis banged home a Janique Duval (Val d’Or, Que.) rebound with 1:42 remaining in overtime to notch the game’s lone tally for the RSEQ champions.
The Carabins will vie for a spot in the gold-medal game when take on the No. 4 UBC Thunderbirds, appearing in their first national championship in program history, on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Toronto looks to rebound and get in the win column versus UBC tomorrow, also at 7:30 p.m.
“We expected U of T to give us some trouble,” said Carabins head coach Isabelle Leclaire. “The only thing we didn’t expect was to shoot the puck 54 times and only score one goal. We didn’t come out strong enough and you have to give credit to their goaltender.”
Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wice/index
Third-year U of T netminder Nicole Kesteris of Aurora, Ont., posted a career-high 53 saves on the night.
“Nicole was amazing,” commented Varsity Blues head coach and three-time Olympian Vicky Sunohara. “She stepped up and did everything she needed to do. We had some chances but you can’t expect to win a game without scoring. We have to control the things that we can control and come out fighting tomorrow night.”
The Carabins came out ready to go in their first-ever meeting with Toronto, outshooting the home team 13-2 through 20 minutes of action. Toronto gained some momentum through the second frame but was unable to solve Montreal goalie Élodie Rousseau Sirois despite two powerplay chances. The Pohénégamook, Que., native ended the night with 23-save shut out performance.
Kesteris continued her dominant play through the third period with 19 saves to help the Blues force overtime. Montreal wore down the No. 6 seeded Blues with 10 shots in extra minutes before Dupuis found the back of the net.
Complete boxscore: BOXSCORE
Montreal 1, Toronto 0 (overtime)
Kristi Riseley (TOR) body checking, 7:25;
Marlie McLaughlin (TOR) tripping, 12:45;
Laurence Beaulieu (MTL) holding, 15:05;
Ariane Barker (MTL) hooking, 18:49;
Courtney Tougas (TOR) cross checking, 5:07;
1. MTL Casandra Dupuis (1) (Janique Duval, Elizabeth Mantha) 8 :18 (OT)
Mary Claire Geneau (TOR) interference, 6:19;
GOALS (by period)
SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
MTL: Elodie Rousseau Sirois (W, 1-0, 23 shots, 23 saves, 68:18)
TOR: Nicole Kesteris (L, 0-0-1, 54 shots, 53 saves, 68:18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
MTL: Kim Deschenes
TOR: Nicole Kesteris
REFEREE: Heather Richardson
LINESMEN: Stephanie Gagnon, Marce Ross