Feb 01, 2015
Photo credit Richard Whittaker
Source: Ottawa Sports Info
OTTAWA – For the second time this season, the uOttawa Gee-Gees defeated the no. 1 ranked team in the country. Melina Prevost’s powerplay goal at 3:22 of the third period helped lift the Gee-Gees to a 4-2 win over the Montréal Carabins. The Gee-Gees are the only team in the RSEQ to defeat the Carabins twice this season.
“We talked about consistency and bringing up our compete level,” Ottawa head coach Yanick Evola said after the game, “We did that today.”
The Gee-Gees drew first blood early in the first period when Asha Kauffeldt scored her third goal of the season. Keira St-Laurent’s point shot bounced off the left pad of Carabins goaltender Marie-Pier Chabot and onto Kauffeldt’s stick for the easy tap-in.
Both teams traded scoring chances and powerplay opportunities throughout the opening frame. The Carabins would draw even on the man advantage at 15:23 of the period. Emmanuelle Passard found a loose puck through a maze of Gee-Gees and Carabins players and deposited the puck into a wide open net to tie the game. The Carabins used the momentum from the goal to hold the Gee-Gees in their own end for the remainder of the period, outshooting Ottawa 22-13.
The Carabins continued their strong play into the second period, generating several high quality scoring chances. Thanks to excellent goaltending by Maude Lévesque-Ryan, the Gee-Gees were able to keep the Carabins off the scoreboard early in the period. The Gee-Gees would respond with offensive pressure of their own, but Chabot was also strong in net for Montréal.
Montréal’s powerplay would strike again late in the second period. Laurie Mercier’s point shot was stopped by Lévesque-Ryan, but the rebound landed on Jessica Cormier’s stick. The Carabins forward roofed the puck over the Gee-Gees goaltender’s left pad to give Montréal a 2-1 lead.
Ottawa would respond late with only 12 seconds remaining in the period. Asha Kauffeldt potted her second goal of the game, banging home a rebound that just squeaked underneath Chabot’s pads. Laurence Morissette and Janie Paquette both picked up assists on the tying marker. “We have great leadership in the room, and they got the team going,” Evola said when asked about his team’s response to falling behind in the period.
The Gee-Gees would take an early 3-2 lead in the third period, courtesy of a power play goal from Melinda Prevost. Prevost’s creativity was on full display as she stopped a slow, lob-shot from Paquette at the blue line. The Gee-Gees’ rookie pulled the puck to her backhand at the top of the crease and lifted it over Chabot, who had committed to Paquette’s original shot.
The Gee-Gees were effective in locking down the defensive end the rest of the way. Montréal made one last final effort on a late powerplay, but Camille Pauck-Therrien secured an Ottawa victory with an empty net goal at 18:06.
“I thought, with the exception of a few minutes in the first period, we played almost a full 60-minute game,” Evola said in satisfaction of the win.
Lévesque-Ryan made 45 saves in net for the Gee-Gees, while Chabot turned away 37 shots in a losing effort.
Ottawa’s record improves to 5-11-0 on the season, as they move four points up on Carleton for the final playoff spot in the RSEQ. Montréal falls to 13-3-0.
The Gee-Gees return to action February 8 when they host the Carleton Ravens. It is the Gee-Gees final home game of the 2014-15 regular season. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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Source: Krista McKenna, StFX Sports Info
Antigonish, NS – The visiting Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleues skated to a 3-0 win over the CIS #6 ranked StFX X-Women in AUS hockey action Sunday afternoon at the Keating Centre. The loss marked only the second one of the season for the X-Women.
In a match-up featuring the top two teams in the conference, the X-Women were without injured fifth-year defender Jenna Downey (Stratford, ON), along with forwards Alex Normore (Bedford, NS) and Daley Oddy (Cranbrook, BC), who are members of Team Canada attending the FISU Winter Games in Granada, Spain. Normore and former X-Women defender Jenna Pitts of Antigonish were members of the 2014 gold medal winning squad.
Moncton scored the lone goal of the first period, when Marika Lacroix (Orleans, ON) connected on the power play. Manon Lamarre (Regina, SK) and Katryne Villeneuve (Casselman, ON) notched the assists at the 9:38 mark.
The visitors doubled their lead in the second period with another power play goal. At 14:55, Catherine Dumas picked up the puck on the edge of the X-Women’s crease and lifted a shot in the top corner through a traffic jam of players from both teams. The goal was unassisted.
Dumas, with her second of the game, wrapped up the scoring with an unassisted empty-netter at the 18:50 mark.
“We have to outwork the other team and we didn’t do that a lot today,” X-Women assistant coach Willie Jo Sofan said after the game.
Sojung Shin (Seoul, Korea) made 27 saves in the loss while Gabrielle Forget (Joliette, QC) turned aside 22 shots for the shutout win.
The three stars of the game were Forget, Dumas and Shin.
With the victory, Moncton improves to 16-4-2 while StFX drops to 20-0. The loss snapped a 20-game regular season win streak for the blue and white.
Moncton will return to action Wednesday, Feb. 4 when they travel to Charlottetown to face the UPEI Panthers.
The X-Women will be back on the ice Friday, Feb. 6, when they host the Panthers at the Keating Centre. Puck drop for both games is 7 p.m.