CIS women’s hockey Sunday roundup


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Dalhousie 1 StFX 5 Final BoxScore

Source: Krista McKenna, StFX Sports Info

Antigonish, NS – The CIS No. 7 ranked StFX X-Women closedout AUS regular season play with a 5-1 victory over the DalhousieTigers Sunday afternoon at the Keating Centre.

The X-Women finish with an 18-4-2 record and 38 points atop theAUS conference, clinching a first round playoff bye.

Saint Mary’s(16-6-2) also clinched a first round bye.

Third place Moncton (14-9-1) will meet sixth place UPEI (9-13-2)in one AUS quarterfinal best 2-of-3 series, while fourth place St.Thomas (12-7-5) and fifth place Mount Allison (10-14-0) will meetin the other quarterfinal series. Dalhousie finished in seventhspot, out of playoff contention.

StFX and SMU await the winners for the second round, also a best2-of-3 affair, the week of February 24th. St. Thomas is hosting the2014 CIS national championship and will have an automatic entry asthe host squad. The AUS champion will join them, or in the event ofa St. Thomas conference victory, the AUS finalist.

In Sunday afternoon’s match, the X-Women got out to a 1-0 leadafter the first period of play on a Kara Power goal. She picked upa loose puck in front of the Tigers nets and beat goaltender JeanneMorin midway through the period. Veteran forwards Erin Brophy andMolly MacDonald assisted.

The Tigers evened it up early in the second period as SarahRobichaud scored a power play goal at 3:51 from Elizabeth MacArthurand Fielding Montgomery, squeezing the puck past X-Women netminderSojung Shin.

Freshman forward Lisa Downey netted her second goal of theseason at 9:39 in what would prove to be the game winner. Fellowfreshmen Connor Garagan and Nicole Corcoran assisted on theplay.

Daley Oddy extended the StFX lead to 3-1 before the period wasover, scoring a power play marker on a nice give-and-go play withTaylor Dale. Jenna Pitts also picked up a helper.

Subway player of the game Taylor Dale picked up another assistin the third period as Alex Normore tipped in a Nicole Corcoranshot from the point at 13:05.

Pitts rounded out the StFX scoring with only six second left onthe game clock. Fellow senior X athletes Brophy and Normoreassisted. The three were honored pre-game by X-Women head coachDavid Synishin, along with MacDonald, Megan Innes, Daniela Falconioand Jenna Downey.

Sojung Shin needed only 12 saves for the victory as StFX outshottheir opponents by a 37-13 margin.

Normore closed out the season as the CIS leading scorer with 48points (15 goals, 33 assists). Four X-Women teammates joined her inthe top five in AUS scoring including Oddy (25 points), Brophy (22points) and Power (21 points).

The playoff schedule for the AUS semi-final series will beposted online on February 24th.

Carleton 1 Ottawa 5 Final BoxScore

Source: Ottawa Sports Info

OTTAWA – With a 5-1 win over the Carleton Ravens on Sundayafternoon the Ottawa Gee-Gees women’s hockey squad ends theregular season with a 9-11-0 record. That marks the most wins forthe program since head coach Yanick Evola took over in 2010.

The Gee-Gees also swept the season series with their cross townrivals for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign.

Ottawa applied good pressure on its opening power play, workingthe puck around and establishing good traffic in front of the net.Later, Carol-Ann Upshall was robbed on a 2-on-1 rush as part of afast-paced first period. The puck spent most of the time in theRavens’ zone, but the birds were able to make the most oftheir short possessions, creating several scoring chances and 11shots.

Ottawa got on the board first when a Cynthia Whissell point shotflipped straight up off the crossbar, landing back in the creasefor Vickie Lemire to bang home. Whissell then added a goal of herown, feathering a low point shot through the pads of Erin Kirabuchion the first shot of Ottawa’s second power play.

The Ravens promptly took another penalty, leading to a MaudeLaramee point shot being deflected up by Asha Kauffeldt, and Ottawatook a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.

“Whissell and Laramee gave us a lot today, makingsmart decisions and being aggressive attackers,” said Evola.“Laramee played hard all game and it was her best game of theseason. Whissell has had a great rookie season for us andwe’re looking forward to coaching her in the next threeyears.”

Carleton opened the second with a flurry of quality scoringchances, but were held off the board until the 12:01 mark when theybroke through with a power play goal. Tawnya Guindon picked up herthird of the season but was the only Raven to beat Ottawagoaltender Cassie Seguin, who made 24 saves to pick up her secondstraight win.

Ottawa countered with a good series of offensive possessions andgrabbed the momentum right back when Carol-Ann Upshall whacked herown rebound through the pads of Kirabuchi.

The Gee-Gees showed good shot blocking and played a much tighterchecking second period, which continued into the third. Ottawafinished off the game with a Camille Pauck-Therrien goal scored ona well-executed two-man advantage. “Our power play lookedgood today,” said Evola. “We’ve worked onshooting in certain spots and looking for the deflections, becausewe know we’re going to need those goals againstMontreal.”

Whissell picked up her third point of the day on the final goal,and finishes the season with 12 points to tie Laramee and co-leadthe Gee-Gees defence. With her one goal today, Vickie Lemire earnedthe overall scoring lead with 15 points this season.

Western 2 Toronto 3 Final – 2OT BoxScore
OUA quarterfinal 2 – Game 3

Source: Jill Clark, Toronto Sports Information Coordinator

TORONTO – Rookie defenceman Rebecca Bourgeois scored 11:32 intothe second overtime period to lead the No. 8 University of TorontoVarsity Blues women’s hockey team to a 3-2 win over theWestern Mustangs in Game 3 of the OUA quarter-final series onSunday night at Varsity Arena.

With the win, the Blues advance to the OUA semifinals for thefirst time since 2008 and will take on the second-seeded and No. 4Laurier Golden Hawks in a best-of-three series next week.

Western opened the scoring on their first powerplay chance ofthe game as Tara Cation’s point shot bounced off the trafficin front and into the net. The Mustangs led 1-0 after thefirst.

The Blues evened the score with four minutes to go in the secondperiod when Marlie McLaughlin snet a shot from the point throughtraffic and into the net.

That gave Toronto life as just two minutes later CourtneyBrind’Amour-McClure fed Amanda Ricker the puck and she slidit through Campbell’s legs to give U of T a 2-1 lead headinginto the final frame.

Western tied the game halfway through the third period asBrittany Clapham banged in a Katelyn Goslin rebound in thepowerplay and the two teams needed overtime for the second time inthis series to decide the winner.

With 8:28 to go in the second overtime period, Bourgeoisreceived a D-to-D pass from Stacey Oue and sent the puck throughtraffic and past Campbell for the game-winner.

Veteran netminder Nicole Kesteris had 25 saves in the win, whileCampbell posted 50 in the loss.

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