Courtesy of University of Toronto sports information
March 9, 2013, Toronto (CIS) – The fifth-seeded Calgary Dinos secured a spot in the gold-medal game with a narrow 5-4 overtime win over the Queen’s Gaels to cap off Pool B action at the 2013 CIS women’s hockey championship on Saturday afternoon at Varsity Arena.
Russian Olympian Iya Gavrilova of Krasnoyarsk tallied the game-winner on the powerplay 2:37 into the overtime period when she slid the puck along the ice to beat Queen’s netminder Karissa Savage.
The defending CIS champions will appear in their second final in as many years tomorrow night at 7 p.m. and await the results of tonight’s Pool A game to determine their opponent.
“We knew we were in (the final) as soon as it went into overtime, but you have to make sure you take every opportunity you have,” said Dinos bench boss Danielle Goyette. “I thought our four-on-three power play did some good things and moved the puck well. It just gives more confidence to the players to finish with a win.”
Down 4-1 heading into the third period, Queen’s notched three unanswered tallies, including the game-tying marker from Guelph, Ont., native Chantal Morais with just 12 seconds remaining, to force overtime.
“As long as there’s time on the clock and breath in their lungs they stick to it and don’t quit,” said Queen’s Gaels head coach Matt Holmberg. “I’m really proud how they stayed positive and kept battling away.”
The Gaels end pool play with two points and will play for fifth place in tomorrow’s consolation final at 12 p.m., while the StFX X-Women advance to the bronze-medal match tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. on account of their head-to-head win over Queen’s.
Gavrilova opened the scoring just 2:25 into the contest as she one-timed a Calaine Inglis (Edmonton) pass to beat Savage (Calgary) and find the back of the net.
CIS all-Canadian Morgan McHaffie of Guelph evened the score just three minutes later as she stormed the Calgary crease and tapped in a Taryn Pilon (Peterborough, Ont.) rebound.
Despite being on the penalty kill, the Dinos continued to pressure and three-time Olympic champion Hayley Wickenheiser of Shaunaon, Sask., sent a booming shot from the point over Savage’s glove to notch her second goal of the tournament and give Calgary a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.
The Dinos cushioned their lead with two goals 33 seconds apart early in the second period. Fourth-year defenceman and Charlottetown native Stephanie Ramsay sent a low point shot through traffic to find the back of the net, before Calgary native Erika Mitschke received a drop pass from Sinead Tracey (St. Albert, Alta.) and wired the puck into the top corner of the net.
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The Gaels cut the deficit to two midway through the third frame when rookie forward Courtney Jacklin of Regina crashed the net and banged it home on a second rebound. McHaffie notched her second of the game with just 5:47 minutes remaining and Morais forced overtime with a beautiful tip off a Katie Duncan point shot with just 12 seconds to go in regulation.
Complete boxscore: BOXSCORE
Calgary 5, Queen’s 4 overtime
1.CGY: Iya Gavrilova (2) (Calaine Inglis, Stephanie Zvonkovic), 2:25
2.QUE: Morgan McHaffie (Taryn Pilon), 5:45
3.CGY: Hayley Wickenheiser (2) (Sarah Astle), 12:41
Danielle Girard (QUE) body checking, 6:39;
Sarah Astle (CGY) body checking, 10:40;
Erika Mitschke (CGY) tripping, 16:03;
Chantal Morais (QUE) slashing, 17:32;
Stephanie Ramsay (CGY) hooking, 19:58;
4.CGY: Stephanie Ramsay (Daniella Caloheros, Hayley Wickenheiser), 5:49
5.CGY: Erika Mitschke (Sinead Tracey, Kelsie Lang), 6:22
Samantha Regier (QUE) hooking, 8:15;
Heather Berzins (CGY) holding, 10:54;
Brittany McHaffie (QUE) slashing, 13:03;
6.QUE: Courtenay Jacklin (Samantha Regier, Chelsey Verbeek), 9:04;
7.QUE: Morgan McHaffie (2) (Brittany McHaffie), 14:13;
8.QUE: Chantal Morais (Katie Duncan), 19:47 (PP)
Bronwyn Stevens (CGY) body checking, 4:45
Regier (QUE) interference, 4:45
Elana Lovell (CGY) slashing, 6:01
M. McHaffie (QUE) interference, 11:54
9.CGY: Iya Gavrilova (3) (Stephanie Ramsay, Jenna Smith) (PP)
Danielle Girard (QUE) hooking, 1:41
GOALS (by period)
SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
CGY: 13-18-8-3: 42
QUE: 6-10-12-0: 28
CGY: Amanda Tapp (W, 1-1-0, 28 shots, 24 saves, 62:37)
QUE: Karissa Savage (L, 0-0-2, 42 shots, 37 saves, 62:37)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
CGY: Stephanie Ramsay
QUE: Morgan McHaffie
REFEREE: Heather Richardson
LINESMEN: Justine Todd, Stephanie Gagnon