by Kelsey Pye (host organizing committee)
March 15, 2014, FREDERICTON (ISN) – The fifth-seeded McGill Martlets finalized their spot in the gold medal game as they blew past the No. 3 Université de Moncton Aigles Bleues 8-2 in the fifth game of the Scotiabank CIS women’s hockey championship at the Grant Harvey Centre in Fredericton Saturday afternoon.
Martlets head coach Peter Smith said the game was still valuable, despite it being a blowout.
“The girls were happy but not thrilled…I’ve never coached to the scoreboard and they’ve never played to the scoreboard. They want to do the right thing. They want to hear what to do better,” he said.
“We don’t stop playing and I think that’s key to the preparation.”
McGill went 2-0 in the Pool B and will now play in the gold medal game on Sunday night. Their opponent depends on the winner of Montreal versus St. Thomas Saturday night. Montreal won their first game 3-0 over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, who beat St. Thomas 3-2 in a close battle Friday night.
It took both teams a while to get their legs at the start of the game. There was a lot of back and forth play in the neutral zone, but Moncton’s Elisa Savoie scored on the Aigles Bleues’ first shot of the game at 8:28. But, McGill’s Gabrielle Davidson answered right back, scoring only 46 seconds later. McGill’s Stefanie Pohlod grabbed a power-play goal at 15:12, which was followed by two more from Chelsey Saunders and Jordan McDonell, 22 seconds apart. Moncton pulled goalie Gabrielle Forget after the four goals and put in Emily Bouchard. Shots favoured the Martlets 16 to 4.
McGill started the second period with a 38 second power-play, but didn’t need it all. Brittany Fouracres scored 17 seconds into the period and Leslie Oles grabbed the Martlets’ sixth goal. Moncton put forth a good effort but simply couldn’t match McGill’s speed. The final few minutes of the period included mostly 4-on-4 play, as each team kept drawing infractions as their original penalties expired. Moncton only doubled its shots to eight, while McGill tallied 23 after 40 minutes.
McGill’s Oles said the team plays to win, no matter the score.
“We had our foot on the pedal the entire time and we were just focusing on the details and trying to stick to our game plan,” she said. “I think our entire team showed up today and I think that reflected on the scoreboard.”
The Martlets’ Katia Clément-Heydra grabbed McGill’s seventh goal 37 seconds into the third period and Gabrielle Davidson scored the team’s final goal only a few minutes later. With 13 minutes left in the game, Moncton changed goaltenders again and replaced Bouchard with starting goalie Forget. Moncton finalized the 8-2 score with a powerplay goal from Natacha Bergeron at 19:18. McGill outshot Moncton 36-13.
Five of McGill’s players had multi-point games. Gabrielle Davidson led the team with four points from two goals and two assists. Chelsey Saunders, Brittney Fouracres, and Katia Clement-Heydra all recorded three points, while Leslie Oles grabbed two.
Moncton will play in the fifth place game Sunday morning with the opponent to be determined. Moncton lost its first game against Laurier 6-0.
Aigles Bleues head coach Denis Ross said his team will still have energy in their final game, despite how their previous matches turned out.
“Sometimes you have to learn the hard way, and we did learn the hard way. Tomorrow is another day… It’s the last game of the season, and we want to come back into the room with a smile on our face.”
The action continues Saturday night, as the host St. Thomas University Tommies will face top-seeded Université de Montreal in the sixth game of the Scotiabank CIS women’s hockey championship.
CHAMPIONSHIP WEBSITE: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wice/index
SCHEDULE, RESULTS & POOL STANDINGS (all times ATLANTIC TIME)
Pool A GP W OTW OTL L GF GA PTS
1. MTL 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 3
2. SASK 2 1 0 0 1 3 5 3
3. STU 1 0 0 0 1 2 3 0
Pool B GP W OTW OTL L GF GA PTS
1. McG 2 2 0 0 0 12 3 6
2. WLU 2 1 0 0 1 7 4 3
3. MCT 2 0 0 0 2 2 14 0
NOTE (scoring system):
Win in regulation (W): 3 points
Win in overtime or shootout (OTW): 2 points
Loss in overtime or shootout (OTL): 1 point
Loss in regulation (L): 0 point
Thursday, March 13
- 14:00 Pool B #1: McGill 4, Wilfrid Laurier 1
- 19:00 Pool A #1: Montreal 3, Saskatchewan 0
Friday, March 14
- 14:00 Pool B #2: Wilfrid Laurier 6, Moncton 0
- 19:00 Pool A #2: Saskatchewan 3, St. Thomas 2
Saturday, March 15
- 14:00 Pool B #3: McGill 8, Moncton 2
- 19:00 Pool A #3: No. 1 Montreal vs. No. 6 St. Thomas (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Sunday, March 16
- 10:00 5th Place: No. 3 Moncton vs. TBD (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
- 14:00 Bronze: No. 2 Wilfrid Laurier vs. TBD (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
- 18:30 Final: No. 5 McGill vs. TBD (Sportsnet 360 & www.CIS-SIC.tv)
* The webcast of the championship final will be on pay-per-view basis.