CIS women’s hockey Thursday roundup: Cross-town Rival Cougars upset Dinos


Jan 15, 2015

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Calgary 2 Mount Royal 3 Final Box Score | Recap

CALGARY- The No.9 University of Calgary Dinos took on the Mount Royal University Cougars Thursday evening in the Crowchild Classic at the Scotiabank Saddledome, losing 3-2 against their cross-city rivals.

Calgary looked to keep their momentum and 5 games win streak alive Thursday against Mount Royal, but their classic rivals would get the best of them.

“We have to give credit to them they played a good game, it’s going to cost us in the standings having been in first with such a tight conference,” explained Head Coach Danielle Goyette. “Mount Royal has always been the team to give us grief despite what the standings say.”

Calgary looked to get things going early but it would be Mount Royal who struck first.

With just four minutes left in the period, Danielle Klein put a shot on net from the goal line that found it’s way over Dinos goalie Carissa Fischer, putting the Cougars up 1-0 to end the first period.

Mount Royal wasted no time in the middle stanza to increase their lead to two, just a 1:30 into the frame. Rachel Piitz made a pass from below the goal line to Taralynn Suzuki at the bottom of the circle to put the puck high blocker side and in on Fischer.

The Dinos responded just three minutes later with a power play goal. Iya Gavrilova made a pass to Stephanie Zvonkovic who took a slapshot from the point that found its way past Jess Ross to claim her second of the season and decrease the Cougars lead by one.

“Sometimes you can’t be fancy you need to know when to shoot and when to make a move, we definitely learnt that lesson this evening,” said Goyette.

With six minutes left in the second and on the power play it looked as if Calgary had tied the game when Zvonkovic put one off the post, keeping the Cougars in the lead 2-1.

On the power play with just over a minute to play in the second period, Mount Royal increased their lead to 3-1 when Devonie Deschamps redirected a shot from the point and in.

It appeared as though Mount Royal had all the momentum in the final stanza. Calgary faced an uphill battle down 3-1 until Janelle Parent connected on Zvonkovic’s pass in front to go backhand, upstairs glove side on Ross to pull Calgary within one with four minutes left to play. That would be as close as Calgary would get though.

The Dinos fall to a record of 11-4-4 while the Cougars improve to 3-13-3.

“As a coach you have to make some adjustments, juggle the lines and try to find something that will motivate the girls or spark something,” explained Goyette.

Both teams will meet up once more for regular season action tomorrow night, Friday January 16th at the Father David Bauer Arena. Action is set to get underway at 7 p.m.

Toronto 1 Guelph 2 Final Shootout – Home Box Score

Source: Guelph Sports Info

Guelph, Ont. – Very little separated these two teams in the standings heading into the game. After Thursday night’s contest, it ends up there is not much that separates them on the ice either. The Gryphons women’s hockey team edged the Toronto Varsity Blues 2-1 in a shootout on Thursday night at the Gryphon Centre. First year winger Kaitlin Lowy (Toronto, ON) scored the shootout winner in the seventh round as the Gryphons improved to 11-2-2 on the season, while the Varsity Blues fall to 10-4-2.

Despite the fact that the Gryphons only managed three shots in the opening 15 minutes of the game, they had the best chance to open the scoring. Alana Sims (Whitby, ON) had a great chance to jam the puck home during a scramble in front of the Varsity Blues net but could not get the Gryphons on the board. The first period ended scoreless with both teams looking sharp on the penalty kill.

The first goal of the game would come with three minutes left in the second period. Highly touted Gryphon rookie Mackenzie Wong (Surrey, BC) would finish off a two-on-one with Alana Sims as the Gryphons took a 1-0 lead to the third period.

Early on in the third, the Varsity Blues would finally solve Stephanie Nehring (Oshawa, ON) as a centering pass from behind the Gryphons net would find Lauren Straatman (Thorndale, ON) who would fire the puck into the back of the net to tie the game at ones. Both teams would exchange scoring chances from there, in what as an end-to-end third period. With so much on the line in terms of standings and playoff positioning, emotions were also running high as the game turned chippy at times. The Varsity Blues would end up taking a big penalty with two minutes left in the game, as April Looije (Mississauga, ON) was called for tripping, but the Gryphons were unable to find the winner and overtime would be needed at the Gryphon Centre.

The Gryphons would control the game in overtime, spending most of the extra frame in U of T’s end of the ice. However, the Varsity Blues received some solid goaltending from fifth year netminder Nicole Kesteris (Aurora, ON) who kept the score locked at 1-1, meaning a winner would be determined in a shootout.

U of T started out hot in the shootout, with each of their first two shooters finding the back of the net, including a gorgeous goal from Kristi Riseley (Pickering, ON). That meant that the game came down to Gryphon All-Star Jessica Pinkerton. Needing to score to extend the shootout to another round, Pinkerton (Oshawa, ON) would come through with a nice deke before sliding it home to keep the Gryphons alive. Each of the next six shooters would fail to score, but that is not to say they did not come close. The first shooter of the sixth round, U of T rookie forward Kassandra Roache (Corunna, ON), would fire a shot that would trickle past Nehring, before coming to a complete stop right on the goaline. At that point, you had a feeling it was the Gryphons’ night. In the end, it would be a Toronto native that would win it for the Gryphons against U of T, as first year standout Kaitlin Lowy would fire a beautiful shot high blocker side to seal the win for the Gryphons in the seventh round.

The Gryphons (11-2-2) will be in action again on Saturday afternoon at 2pm when they play host to the Ryerson Rams.

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