CIS women’s hockey Saturday roundup: No. 6 Gryphons lose to Ryerson in shootout

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Jan 17, 2015

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Ryerson 1 Guelph 0 Final Shootout – Away Box Score

Source: Guelph Sports Info

Guelph, Ont. – Saturday afternoon at the Gryphon Centre, the Gryphons women’s hockey team lost 1-0 in a shootout to the Ryerson Rams. With the loss, the Gryphons win streak ends at four as they now sit at 11-2-3 on the season. Ryerson improves to 9-8-0 with the win. This marked the second straight game that the Gryphons went to a shootout (Thursday night, Guelph defeated Toronto after seven rounds of a shootout).

The first period got underway at the Gryphon Centre with the Gryphons dominating the play in the offensive zone. Guelph would continuously win battles on the boards and pin the Rams in their end, but scoring chances would be very difficult to come by. With 7:30 left in the period Kelly Gribbons (Port Elgin, ON) would create a turnover behind the Rams net and get two great chances, as she was alone in front of the net. Rams backup goalie Ally Sarna (Whitby, ON) would come up with two huge saves to keep the game scoreless. With 54 seconds left the Rams would get their first real chance of the period as Guelph backup goalie Valerie Lamenta (Montreal, QC) would bobble the puck off a rebound. She was able to recover and catch the puck in her glove just as it reached the goal line to end the period scoreless.

The Gryphons would start the second period on the penalty kill, but they would get back to their game plan dominating the Rams in the offensive zone. A shorthanded chance saw the puck go past Sarna, but not the crossbar as the puck would hit the iron and go up into the netting. Half way through the period Lamenta would come up big for the Gryphons on a 2-on-1, which would end up as a breakaway chance the other way for Sophie Contant (Cornwall, ON) but she would send her shot high as the net was forced of its moorings. Despite some great energy and effort by the Gryphons for the remainder of the period, Ryerson goalie Ally Sarna was able to hold off the onslaught to keep things scoreless after 40 minutes.

The third period would be much of the same as the first two, as the Gryphons would dominate the play but were unable to solve Sarna and the Rams. With just a minute remaining in regulation, Ryerson would get their first real chance of the period but Lamenta would stand tall for the Gryphons, turning away a quick shot from the slot.
The best scoring chance in overtime came to Gryphons captain Kaitlyn Mora (Guelph, ON) as she came to the front of the net and tried to slide the puck underneath Sarna, only to see the rookie goalie get her pad down in time to keep it out. With seconds remaining, Guelph’s rookie goalie would bobble a dump in and get stuck behind her net as the puck would go out in front with a yawning cage. A Ryerson Ram would be first to the puck but, unbelievably, Lamenta was able to slide across the crease to make an incredible save-of-the-year type of stop. The overtime horn would sound with fans in disbelief, as the game would go to a shootout.

The Rams first shooter, Emma Rutherford, would score the only goal of the shootout to help Ryerson steal the two points and pull off the upset. Kaitlin Lowy, Averi Nooren and Jessica Pinkerton were all unable to beat Sarna in the shootout.

The Gryphons next four games all come on the road, beginning with rival Queen’s on Friday (Jan. 23).

Western 0 Windsor 4 Final Box Score

Source: Windsor Sports Info

The Lancer women’s hockey team shocked the No. 3 Western Mustangs on Saturday afternoon at South Windsor Arena, as the Blue & Gold shut-out the visiting Mustangs 4-0.

With the win, the Lancers move to 11-2-4 on the year while the Mustangs suffered their first regulation loss of the season and fall to 14-1-2.

Off of the opening face-off, fifth year Candice Chevalier won the draw back to the defencemen Rachel Chantler who sent Jenny MacKnight into Western’s end, where she put home a rebound just 14 seconds into the first period.

The Lancers dominated most of the play in the first period. Chevalier’s line went to work again as Shailyn Waites put one past Western’s Kelly Campbell with assists from MacKnight and Chevalier to put Windsor up 2-0.

In the second period, the Mustangs had numerous chances, including many on a 5-on-3 power play. However, Lancer goaltender Marissa Kozovski stood tall and turned away all 13 shots in the period to keep the Lancers up 2-0 heading into the third.

Windsor played a great defensive third period with Kozovski, Natalie Barette and captain Kayla Dodson leading the force.

With three and a half minutes remaining, the Mustangs pulled their goalie to add the extra attacker. With the pressure on, the Lancers cleared the puck and Noseworthy put in an empty net goal from the corner to bring the lead to three. Chevalier added another empty netter with 12 seconds remaining to seal the deal and give Windsor the win.

Kozovski was unbelievable in net turning aside all 27 Mustang shots and earning her first shut-out win of the season.

Windsor will travel to Toronto next weekend where they will play the York Lions on Saturday January 24th at 2:00pm.

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