Jan 18, 2015
Photocredit Erica Roberts
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Source: StFX Sports Info
ANTIGONISH, NS – Alex Normore, a native of Bedford, N.S. is the all-time leading scorer for the StFX X-Women hockey program.
The fifth-year senior forward set the record with an assist in the first period on a power play goal by Kara Power (New Glasgow, NS) in the X-Women’s 4-2 win over the St. Thomas Tommies Sunday afternoon at the Charles V. Keating Centre.
The helper gave Normore 197 points, pushing her ahead of former X-Women forward Brayden Ferguson, who garnered 196, including 105 goals and 91 assists, in her stellar five year career in the blue and white from 2004 to 2009.
“It definitely feels good. I owe so much to my teammates and coaches who pushed me every single practice over the past five years. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them,” Normore said after the game.
With the assist, Normore also became the second leading scorer in AUS history, trailing only former Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleues forward Marieve Provost, who collected 220 points in her five-year career, which makes her the all-time CIS point-getter.
Normore is now fourth on that impressive list, with Ferguson, a former CIS player of the year, garnering the fifth position.
“It is an honour to play with her. It is great to come to the rink with her every day. She is incredible,” Power said of Normore.
The record-setting goal from Power, at 12:20, knotted the game 1-1. “I was able to get in front of the net and I was lucky to get my stick on it,” she said. Fifth-year senior defender Jenna Downey (Stratford, ON) collected the other assist.
At 7:01 of the first period, Becky Conner (East St. Paul, MB) opened the scoring for the Tommies on the power play. Myfanwy Thomson (Stittsville, ON) and Emily Francis (Barrie, ON) assisted.
The CIS ranked No. 7 X-Women outshot the Tommies 10-4 in the opening frame.
Normore, with her second point of the game, scored on the power play to give the X-Women their first lead of the afternoon. Sophomore defender Heather Tillsley (Aurora, ON) assisted at the 8:23 mark of the second period.
At 13:34, second-year forward Daley Oddy (Cranbrook, BC) stretched the X-Women lead to 3-1, with the lone assist going to Normore.
In the third period, freshman defender Nicole Halladay (Smith Falls, ON) roofed a wrist shot from the top of the slot to extend the X-Women lead to 4-1. Normore, with her fourth point of the game and 200th for her career, notched the assist. The power play goal came at 4:51.
Just over one minute later, at 5:52, Lauren Henman (Cow Bay, NS) sliced the X-Women advantage to 4-2. Stephanie Ford (Cobourg, ON) collected the only assist on the marker.
Sojung Shin (Seoul, Korea) made 15 saves for the win, while Taylor Cook (Brantford, ON) steered aside 27 shots in the loss.
Shots favored the X-Women at 31-17, as they improve to 17-1 on the season, winning their 16th consecutive game atop the AUS conference.
Normore garnered first star and Subway player of the game honors for her four point effort. Power and Conner were the second and third stars, respectively.
The third place Tommies drop to 8-9-1.
Both teams will be back on the ice for a rematch Saturday, Jan. 24 in Fredericton. Puck drop is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Source: Robb Fenton, Nipissing Sports Information Clerk
The Nipissing Lakers women’s hockey team had a great opportunity in front of them to jump into the middle of the OUA’s playoff race and even make a push for home ice.
They just needed to pick up four points this weekend, unfortunately, a tight one goal loss Saturday to Laurier and some bad luck Sunday left them with no points and now on the outside looking in when it comes to the post-season.
Looking to bounce back after a hard fought 4-3 loss Saturday, the Lakers came out flying and dominated the first five minutes of Sunday’s game against the visiting Waterloo Warriors.
The Warriors, however, did a good job of weathering the storm and capitalized on their chances as they skated away with a 5-2 win.
After a barrage at the beginning of the game by Nipissing, things settled down and it was the Warriors who struck first just before the midway point of the period.
They would extend the lead about 10 minutes later, just before the end of the frame to take a 2-0 lead into the second.
They extended their lead with a pair of second period goals – one at the 10:09 mark and one with just over three minutes left in the frame.
Up 4-0 in the third, Lakers head coach Darren Turcotte pulled goalie Sabrina Picard to get six attackers who early in the period.
The Warriors capitalized on the empty-net, scoring the fifth un-answered goal of the game to put them up big.
Kaley Tienhaara would break the Warriors’ shutout bid at the 11-minute mark and Bronwyn Bolduc would score just two minutes later to make it 5-2, but that’s as close as Nipissing would get.
They outshot Waterloo 9-1 in the final period and 27-15 on the game, but couldn’t manage enough offence.
The team will regroup this week and prepare for road action next weekend, when they head to Sudbury to take on Laurentian Saturday in the team’s lone game.
The following weekend they head down south to take on the York Lions – a game that will be huge in determining the final standings and playoff seedings.
After those two road games, the Lakers will close out the season with four straight home games in February.
Source: Earl Zukerman, McGill Sports Info
MONTREAL – Ariane Barker scored twice and added an assist as the Universite de Montreal capitalized on a number of McGill mistakes and outlasted the No.2-ranked Martlets 6-4 in a high-scoring showdown between the top two ranked teams in CIS women’s hockey at McConnell Arena, Sunday.
It was the second straight head-to-head victory for the No.1-ranked Carabins after a 3-0 loss at McGill in the season opener. The teams also crossed paths in a preseason matchup at the Queen’s tourney, where the Martlets claimed a 3-2 victory in overtime. McGill’s lifetime record against their bitter archrivals is now at 34-9-0 overall, including a 16-5-0 mark on home ice.
“We played a good game but our mistakes really hurt us today,” said McGill head coach Peter Smith. “We’d turn the puck over in their end and we’d give up an odd-man rush coming back our way. We need to continue to pay attention to the little details. Sometimes you play games where you make a mistake and it doesn’t cost you. But when you play a good team like that, mistakes can cost you and that’s what happened today… This type of game will serve as a good barometer for us. There’s some stuff that we will continue to work on.”
The game was a see-saw affair that resulted in a 2-2 tie after the opening period and the teams were deadlocked at 3-3 after two.
Jessica Cormier also tallied twice for the Carabins, including the game-winner with 7:16 remaining in the final period. Other UdeM singles were scored by Audrey Gariepy and Josianne Legault.
McGill’s big guns, Gabrielle Davidson and Leslie Oles, had given the Martlets respective 1-0 and 2-1 leads with both of them notching their league-leading 11th goals of the season. When Gariepy finally put the Carabins ahead 3-2 at 4:38 of the middle session, McGill freshman Alexandria Serpico knotted the score again 10 minutes later, sending the teams into the final stanza even at 3-3.
Montreal moved ahead 5-3 on third-period goals by Legault and Cormier but McGill narrowed the gap when Stefanie Pohlod struck for her sixth. McGill pulled the goalie in the final minute but that move backfired when Barker found the empty-net with her 12th marker of the campaign, to wrestle away the league lead in goals from Davidson and Oles.
As expected, the game was an intense affair that featured 30 minutes in penalties. What was not expected was that the Martlets, habitually among the least penalized teams in the nation (ranked 32nd of 33 teams in PIMs before the game), would be whistled for the lion’s share with 22 PIMs. Oles, an all-star marksman who was harrassed relentlessly by the Carabins, retaliated on a number of perceived infractions and ended up spending 16 minutes in the sin-bin, including a 10-minute misconduct, which put a dent in McGill’s scoring punch. When she was received her misconduct along with a cross-checking infraction, Smith had to send Davidson, another sniper to the box to serve the minor. it was either that or send one of the three remining players on the ice but all of them were on the team’s top penalty-killing unit.
The Carabins ended up going 1-for-6 on the power-play, while McGill was 1-for-4.
“What did you think?,” was Peter Smith’s curt response when asked what he thought of the officiating.
McGill had a 36-29 edge in shots on a day where neither goalie looked especially sharp. UdeM netminder Marie-Pier Chabot was credited with 32 saves and collected the win, improving to 5-0 on the season. McGill sophomore Brittany Smrke made 23 saves and took the loss as her record tumbled to 5-2-0. The final goal was scored into an empty net.
McGill (10-3-0), which plays next at Concordia (4-6-2) on Jan. 25 (at 3 p.m), will get another shot at the Carabins (10-2-0) on Jan. 30 at CEPSUM Arena. The bitter rivals are also scheduled to cross paths on Feb. 15 at McConnell Arena. Could be the first-ever regular-season sell-out for the Martlets!
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