Oct 04, 2014
Photo credit Lethbridge Athletics
Source: Alec Martin, Laurentian Sports Writer
After travelling to Alberta for their preseason games, the women?s hockey team starts their 2014-2015 season facing off against the Waterloo Warriors in the CIF Arena at Waterloo. Despite a nerve-racking fifty minutes to redeem themselves from a l-0 deficit, the Laurentian Voyageurs were unable to score the two goals needed to win the game.
When the puck dropped, the two teams fought up and down the rink aggressively trying to be the first team to add a point to the scoreboard. However, despite outshooting and outmaneuvering their opponents, it was the Warriors who scored first. Siobhan Hewitt- Kenda (#91); assisted by Stephanie Digness and Nicole Ballantyne, managed to slip the puck past goalie Laura Deller ten minutes into the game. The Warriors were then able to keep their lead until the end of the first period, despite Laurentian outshooting them 10 to 8.
It looked like the Voyageurs had their shot of redemption to tie things up when their opponents got a penalty for checking in the next period, but the Warriors were able to keep them at bay long enough for those two minutes to pass. The odds were against the Voyageurs as they gained more penalties in both the second and third period, but luckily, they were able to keep the Warriors from scoring another goal.
Even with Laurentian pulling their goalie a minute and a half left in the third period, the Voyageurs were still unable to force overtime against their opponents. They will be looking to refocus before their game tomorrow night to earn their first victory of the season.
The women now face the Laurier Golden Hawks at Laurier on October 5th at 7:30 p.m. Continue to follow your Voyageurs at www.luvoyageurs.com for up-to-date news and results.
Laurentian University?s Department of Athletics is home to 18 varsity sports teams. The Voyageurs decorated history of pride and tradition includes 62 provincial championships as well as 10 national championships in 52 years of competition.
|Manitoba||2||Regina||3||Final – OT||Box Score | Recap|
|Source: Regina Sports Info
The University of Regina women’s hockey team went to overtime for the second-straight game against the visiting Manitoba Bisons and came out on top with a 3-2 win.
Kylie Gavelin (pictured) scored the game-winner in Saturday’s contest to give the Cougars their first win of the 2014-15 season. The winner came three minutes into overtime when Gavelin walked out front from the corner and beat Amanda Schubert. Natasha Kostenko and Kylee Kupper also scored for Regina.
Alana Serhan had a goal and an assist for the visitors.
Kostenko scored the game’s first goal on the powerplay with just under six minutes left in the first period. Nikki Watters-Matthes put a shot from the point on net and the loose puck bounced right to Kostenko in front. Kostenko collected the rebound and slid it under the pad of Schubert to give the Cougars their first goal of the young season.
The Bisons knotted the score at 1 with a goal just over four minutes into the second period as the puck took a strange bounce and ended up in the back of the net. The goal was credited to Jessica Rosenbaum, with Tasmine Hemingway and Alana Serhan collecting assists.
The Cougars answered less than five minutes later as Krista Metz fed the puck to Kupper down the left side. Kupper went one-on-one with the defender and managed to get around her before beating Schubert on the short side for her first of the season.
Manitoba managed to tie things up again though, with a goal by Serhan with six minutes left in the third. Serhan’s goal highlighted a nice passing play by Hemingway and Maggie Litchfield-Medd.
The overtime period brought some furious action, and the Cougars were sent reeling when Metz took a hooking penalty. The Bisons had multiple chances with the man-advantage, but the Cougars managed to kill the penalty.
Less than a minute after the penalty was killed, Gavelin found herself free in the corner and walked out front. She was able to get a good angle on the shot and beat Schubert to lift the Cougars to the win.
Toni Ross was spectacular in net, making 38 saves including a huge glove save in overtime that kept the Cougars alive.
Schubert stopped 25 shots for the Bisons.
The Cougars will hit the road next weekend for a pair of games in Edmonton against the University of Alberta Pandas.
|Calgary||1||Mount Royal||2||Final Shootout||Box Score | Recap|
Source: Mount Royal Sports Info
Calgary – In the rubber match of the weekend series, Mount Royal won in dramatic fashion 2-1 in a shootout.
The first period saw both squads throw caution to the wind. The wide-open play spawned a number of scoring chances and some tense moments for the 100 plus fans in attendance.
Mount Royal ran into penalty trouble early in the game drawing three minors in the first period. Fortunately for the Cougars, rookie netminder Emma Pincott was un-phased by the barrage. Pincott made 15 saves in the first, including a point blank glove save at the end of a power play to keep the game scoreless.
As the second period wore on, the Cougars began to find their groove and began to push the Dinos back on their heels. Fifth year captain, Tanika Dawson had a beautiful end-to-end rush halfway through the period but Dino’s goalie Hayley Dowling shut the door. The Cougars controlled the pace much of the second period and outshot the Dinos 9-3. Despite their efforts, the Cougars and Dinos remained entrenched in a scoreless tie.
Heather Berzins scored at the 12:00 minute mark to deflate the home crowd. Less than a minute and a half later the Cougars were buzzing deep in the Dinos zone. During a scrum behind the net the puck squirted out in front of the net. Janessa Jenkins was first on the spot and buried it tying the game and ultimately sending it to overtime.
The game endured two overtimes before heading to a shootout.
The shootout went to a fifth shooter and once again Janessa Jenkins was the hero, ripping a shot past Dowling. Emma Pincott then promptly stoned Kate Lumley and the Cougars won the shootout and the game 2-1.
“After a shaky start we found our legs,” said Cougar’s Head Coach Scott Rivett. “Once we got going we gained confidence and proved we could play with them.”
The Cougars will host UBC next weekend at the Flames Community Arenas. Calgary will hit the road to begin a home and home series with Lethbridge beginning Friday night.
|Alberta||7||Lethbridge||0||Final||Box Score | Recap|
Source: Lethbridge Sports Info
Lethbridge – Looking to bounce back after a tough 1-0 loss, last night, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns were unable to respond to the early and steady offensive pressure of the University of Alberta Pandas, who would manage to post seven unanswered goals en route to a 7-0 decision, Saturday night.
Leading the charge, offensively, for the Pandas were Jessica Kampjes, Lindsay Cunningham, and Alison Campbell who, together, combined for an impressive nine points on the night. Kampjes added to her impressive Canada West record, carving out an early-season hat-trick with a total of four goals on the night, while Campbell added a goal and two assists and Cunningham earned a goal and an assist. Brittney Sawyer rounded out the Pandas’ score-sheet, adding an individual marker midway through the third.
Lindsay Post stood tall between the pipes for Alberta and secured her second shu-out in as many games, stopping all 16 of the shots she faced.
Crystal Patterson got the start for the Pronghorns and faced 25 shots prior to being relieved in the third period by Jessica Lohues, who went on to make six stops.
Less than thirty seconds was all it took for the Pandas to net their first goal of the game. In the right spot at the right time, Kampjes managed to get a quick shot off past an unsuspecting Patterson, from Hannah Olenyk and Deanna Morin.
Cunningham doubled-up her team’s lead soon thereafter, giving Alberta an early 2-0 edge less than five minutes into the game.
Despite some strong scoring chances by first-year recruits, Cora Place and Delaney Duchek, Lethbridge seemed to struggle defensively and the visiting team made the most of every opportunity afforded to them.
Poor communication in the ‘Horns end allowed Kampjes to sneak through traffic and cut off a soft pass intended for a Lethbridge defender. Quickly corralling the puck, Alberta’s leading goal scorer for the 2013-14 season added her second marker of the night at 14:30, going bar-down with a top-shelf, blocker side, rocket.
Alberta added their fourth of the night nearing the mid-point of the second, this time courtesy of Campbell, whose hard wrist shot managed to slip under and through the arm of the Pronghorn’s keeper for her second of the night.
With less than two minutes remaining, Kampjes netted her third of the night and despite a late hustle by the ‘Horns, the home team still couldn’t crack Post.
Kampjes notched her fourth of the night, late in the third period, shortly before Sawyer added her name to the score-sheet.
The Pandas return to home ice next weekend where they will face off against the University of Regina Cougars for a two-game series at Claire Drake Arena.
The Pronghorns play host to the University of Calgary Dinos, next Friday, in the front half of a home-and-home series. Game time is set for 7pm at Nicholas Sheran Arena.
|Saskatchewan||0||UBC||2||Final||Box Score | Recap|
Source: UBC Sports Info
Vancouver, BC – UBC scored two first period goals against the University of Saskatchewan on Saturday night at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, and held on to win 2-0.
Samantha Langford earned the shutout for the Thunderbirds in her first game of the year. After not seeing any action throughout the preseason, having been sidelined with a high-ankle sprain, Langford rejoined team practice earlier this week, and stopped all 16 shots she faced on Saturday night, helping the Thunderbirds to their first win of the 2014/2015 season.
First period goals by Emily O’Neill and Sarah Casorso were enough to secure the victory for the home team, as dominant play throughout the game keep the Huskies in check, limiting their scoring chances.
Fifth-year captain Casorso has scored two goals in as many games this season.
“Tonight we played a full 60-minute consistent game, which is what we need to do all year,” she said of her team’s performance.
UBC was able to hold off Saskatchewan’s Kaitlin Willoughby, as last year’s CIS Rookie of the Year had scored two goals in the Huskies comeback win on Friday night.
O’Neill, one of UBC’s veteran players, opened the scoring a mere 2:41 into the game. She fooled Saskatchewan goaltender Cassidy Hendricks with a fluttering puck that made its way through Huskies goaltender and past the goal line. Nicole Saxvik and Kelly Murray assisted the goal.
Casorso made the game 2-0 at 11:03 of the first period. Excellent off-the-puck movement by Casorso saw her alone in front of the net with the puck after receiving a well-timed and well-placed pass from Rebecca Unrau, where she would make no mistake. Saxvik earned her second assist of the game on the goal, bringing her to a total of four points on the year. This number sees her in a tie for first in Canada West total scoring through the first weekend of the season.
UBC opened the game in similar fashion as they had through two periods the night before – with sustained offensive pressure. As in the Friday’s game, UBC was efficient on the back check throughout the opening stages. Aggressive play in the defensive end mixed with crisp passing in the neutral zone by the Thunderbirds led to an elapse of 12 minutes before the Huskies registered their first shot on net. Through 60 minutes, UBC outshot Saskatchewan 28-16.
UBC statistically outplayed Saskatchewan through five of six periods in the weekend’s matchup. For their efforts, the Thunderbirds come away with a win and an overtime loss, totaling four points in this year’s new scoring system (3 points for a regulation win, 2 points for an overtime/shootout win, 1 point for an overtime/shootout loss) against the defending Canada West champions.
UBC’s performance earned praise from head coach Graham Thomas.
“We showed that we’re going to be a team to contend with.”
The Thunderbirds will continue regular season play in Calgary next weekend as they take on Mount Royal University. Friday’s 6:00 p.m. PT game precedes Saturday’s matinée at 2:00 p.m. PT. Both games can be viewed live at canadawest.tv.