CIS women’s hockey Saturday roundup: Carabins crowned RSEQ champs; Les Aigles Bleues win AUS title

Montreal 6 McGill 3 Final BoxScore
Finale RSEQ – Match 3 (sinec.)

Source: Earl Zukerman, McGill Sports Info

MONTREAL – Kim Deschenes of St. Quentin, N.B., scored twice andadded a helper as the top-ranked Montreal Carabins doubledNo.2-McGill 6-3 before 478 fans at McConnell Arena, Saturday, toclaim the RSEQ women’s hockey championship, winning the best ofthree Quebec final series 2-1.

It was the second straight year that the second-place Carabins,overcame a series-opening loss to division-leading McGill andrallied for back-to-back victories to capture the league’s Ed EnosCup.

There was a silver lining to the loss for McGill, however, as bothteams will advance to the CIS championship in Fredericton, March13-16, The Martlets have earned a wild-card berth, thanks to theCarabins, who snared their first-ever national crown last year. Inwomen’s hockey, the winning conference merits an extra berth to theCIS tourney the following season.

McGill dominated the Carabins for much of the game, outshootingthem 45-25, including a 38-18 advantage over the last two periodsbut had a difficult time solving netminder Elodie Rousseau-Sirois,a junior from Pohenegamook, Que., who made 42 saves.

Over the three-game RSEQ final, McGill had a 104-69 edge in shotsbut Rousseau-Sirois kicked out 96 of 104 shots for a .923 savepercentage.

What cost the Martlets dearly was their normally potent power-playunit, which went 1-for-7 in the game and 2-for-15 in the finalseries. They failed to score on all three of their 5-on-3situations.

Gabrielle Davidson of Pte. Claire, Que., opened the scoring on apower-play just three minutes into the game for McGill and was inon all three of her team’s markers.

Deschenes responded with back-to-back goals, late in the first andearly in the second, to give the Carabins a lead that they neverrelinquished. When Rika Pilon-Robert and Marion Allemoz scored 33seconds apart to make it 4-1 by the 13:55 mark of the middleperiod, it appeared that the game was over.

However, Katia Clement-Heydra, an industrial relations senior fromSt. Bruno, Que., who was named ealier in the week as theconference’s player of the year, netted her league-leading fifth ofthe playoffs to give the Martlets some life, narrowing the gap to4-2 after two. Maude Gelinas regained the three-goal cushion forUdeM at 13:22 of the final stanza.

McGill head coach Peter Smith elected to pull his goaltender for anextra attacker with 3:02 remaining and it paid off when rookieJordan McDonell of East York, Ont., scored her second of theplayoffs at 17:31 but the Carabins snuffed out any hopes of aMartlet comeback with an empty-netter from Elizabeth Mantha.

Andrea Weckman, a senior from Kitchener, Ont., started between thepipes for McGill and collected just her second career playoff loss.She conceded four goals on 15 shots before giving way to understudyTaylor Hough midway through the second period. Hough, a sophomorefrom Toronto, saved eight of nine shots over her 23:17 minutes inthe net.

Thus far, the cross-town rivals have split their eight-game seriesover the season and the Carabins will go into the CIS “Final Six”tourney as the No.1 seed. According to the seeding guidelines, thetop four seeds are all the conference champions and the tworemaining teams McGill and host St. Thomas, are most likely to beseeded fifth and sixth, respectively. Since teams from the sameconference are not normally in the same pool, the bitter cross-townrivals could meet again in the CIS gold medal game. Vengeance is adish best served cold.

MARTLET MURMURS: The official seedings and tournament draw for theCIS championships is expected to be announced on Sundayevening…The Martlets are tentatively scheduled to leave forFredericton via bus on Tuesday… Katia Clement-Heydra, who won theRSEQ’s regular-season scoring title with 13-27-40 in 20 games, alsocaptured the league’s playoff scoring title with 5-6-11 in fivecontests… She is fourth on McGill’s all-time scoring list andwill enter the Nationals with a career record of 102-141-243 in 163games overall

MountAllison 0 Moncton 2 Final BoxScore
AUS Final – Game 3 (Best2-of-3)

Source: Moncton Sports Information

MONCTON, N.B. – The Université de Moncton Aigles Bleuesare the winners of the 2014 Subway AUS women’s hockey championshipfor a third time in their history.

Rookie goaltender Gabrielle Forget made 27 saves for Moncton in thewinner-take-all matchup.

Amélie Larivière (from Marika Lacroix and ManonLamarre) in the first period and Catherine Dumas (unassisted) inthe second, scored to lead the Aigles Bleues to a 2-0 win over theMount Allison Mounties in Game 3 of the best 2-of-3 Subway AUSwomen’s hockey championships final series, Saturday.

More than 1,300 spectators were in attendance at theJ.-Louis-Lévesque Arena.

The Aigles will now travel to Fredericton on Wednesday for theScotiabank CIS women’s hockey championship being hosted by the St.Thomas University Tommies.

Forget earned a shutout and Subway Player of the Game honours. KateO’Brien made 28 saves in the loss for the Mounties.

The game was hotly contested in front of a record crowd for women’shockey in Moncton and possibly the AUS. Fans of each team supportedtheir respective teams throughout the game.

There was no third period scoring as each team missed a few scoringchances, but the goaltenders had the last say.

Moncton missed three open nets in the last minute. The Aigles havenow won 16 of 19 games in the second semester, despite being inseventh place and at risk of missing the playoffs following firstsemester play.

It has been quite a few years since the arena vibrated as it did onSaturday evening. Fans showed their appreciation for plays and nearmisses and were supportive of the saves.

The Aigles received a standing ovation a few times during the game,particularly in the dying seconds. The fans also remained for theawards ceremony following the game. This was the third banner forthe Aigles Bleues, who last won it in the 2008-09 season and2006-07. Moncton took home the CIS bronze medal in 2009.

“We had confidence in our means,” said rookie goaltender GabrielleForget, who was also named the championship MVP. “It was difficultto concentrate at the beginning, but things were better after a fewminutes. I had confidence in my team and especially in the penaltykill situations. We wanted the championship and the intensity wasthere. This championship gives us confidence heading into thenational and we are happy.”

“We came close twice in the last four years,” said head coach DenisRoss. “I must admit I was very nervous in this series. I knew thepower of the Mounties. We were able to better control themiddle zone tonight. This is my second championship and much betterthan the first. The fans were outstanding tonight, the atmospherewas incredible. They were our sixth skater on the ice. We had theirsupport and we could not lose this game. It was very muchappreciated and we must thank them.”

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