by Kelsey Pye (host organizing committee)
March 15, 2014, FREDERICTON (ISN) – The reigning champion Université de Montreal Carabins are headed to the gold medal game for the third straight year after defeating the tournament host St. Thomas University Tommies 4-0 Saturday night in the final Pool A game of the Scotiabank CIS women’s hockey championship in Fredericton.
The Carabins will play archrival McGill on Sunday night, after the Martlets secured their spot with an 8-2 win over Moncton in the Pool B finale, Saturday afternoon. Sunday’s CIS final will be televised on Sportsnet 360 at 6:30 p.m. Atlantic Time (5:30 ET).
The Montreal-McGill overall series is tied at 4-4 this season, with the Martlets taking three of five duels in conference play but the Carabins winning the best-of-three RSEQ final in three matches.
Isabelle Leclaire, whose Carabins lost to Calgary in the 2012 CIS final but defeated the same Dinos a year ago to claim their first national banner, said this game was great preparation for the final.
“St. Thomas gave us a very good game…I’m pretty sure they played their best hockey of the season. You can’t ask for a better preparation. I think they tested us today, so I’m happy about that. We had to step it up,” she said.
The game started with high energy levels from both teams. St. Thomas applied lots of pressure and did a good job of stopping Montreal at the blue line. Slowly the Carabins gained speed, and at 16:54 Maude Gélinas scored a power-play goal to get Montreal on the board. Shots favoured the Carabins 14-6 after 20.
The Tommies were able to bring the play to the Montreal zone more in the second period, but a shorthanded goal by Carabins forward Ariane Barker put the Tommies in a two-goal deficit. STU goaltender Kristin Wolfe came out to play the puck but missed, and Barker easily slipped it into the empty net. The Tommies had lots of bad turnovers in the neutral zone, but managed to keep the score 2-0. At the end of the second, Montreal had 27 shots to STU’s 18.
St. Thomas received a penalty at the 20:00 mark of the second period, so Montreal started the third with a power-play. Audrey Gariépy of the Carabins netted Montreal’s third goal at 1:25. STU tried to keep pace and managed to tie up the Carabins more along the boards. Montreal’s Katherine Richard finalized the 4-0 win at 18:31. The Tommies recorded 23 shots, while STU’s Kristin Wolfe faced 34 from Montreal.
Audrey Gariépy and Ariane Barker both recorded a goal and an assist.
Montreal’s goaltender Élodie Rousseau-Sirois said she can’t wait to be back in the gold medal game.
“It’s really fun to be back in the final for the third time in a row. We worked hard all year for that. Everything that happened in the past is now forgotten – we start from scratch,” she said.
St. Thomas will now go on to play Moncton Sunday morning for fifth spot. Tommies head coach Peter Murphy said that game still counts for everything.
“You don’t play at this level to lose. You don’t go places to lose. You play to win…We’ll go and represent the university well tomorrow morning, just like we did today and just like we did yesterday.”
Scotiabank CIS women’s hockey championship action continues Sunday at 10 a.m. AT when St. Thomas and Moncton compete for fifth place. Saskatchewan and Laurier will play for bronze at 2 p.m.
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 2 2 0 0 0 7 0 6
2. SASK 2 1 0 0 1 3 5 3
3. STU 2 0 0 0 2 2 7 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: Montreal 4, St. Thomas 0
Sunday, March 16
10:00 5th Place: No. 3 Moncton vs. No. 6 St. Thomas (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
14:00 Bronze: No. 2 Wilfrid Laurier vs. No. 4 Saskatchewan (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:30 Final: No. 5 McGill vs. No. 1 Montreal (Sportsnet 360 & www.CIS-SIC.tv)
* The webcast of the championship final will be on pay-per-view basis.