Fifth-place game: Pandas shutout Panthers in fifth-place game
Photo credit Matt Hirji
EDMONTON (CIS) – Fifth-year goalie Kanesa Shewtz, from Waskatenau, Alta., made 19 stops and third-year Calgary-born forward Katie Stewart scored the lone goal as the fifth-seeded University of Alberta Pandas defeated the AUS champion and fourth-seeded University of Prince Edward Island Panthers in the CIS fifth-place game Sunday morning at Clare Drake Arena.
Panthers’ goalie Kristy Dobson, who hails from Bathurst, NB, made 28 saves in the loss.
She kept the Panthers close throughout the game, stymieing the Pandas on four power-play opportunities, and twice stopping Alberta points leader Sarah Hilworth on clear cut breakaways.
Stewart scored the game winner just 13 seconds into the middle period when she knocked a rebound past Dobson off a Katie Borbely shot from the slot.
Earlier, Dobson denied Hilworth on a first period breakaway when the Vancouver-born forward went to her backhand, but was turned away by Dobson’s blocker. Hilworth had an opportunity to atone in the third period, but the fourth-year forward’s top-corner shot was deflected over the net by Dobson.
Although Shwetz wasn’t as busy, she had to be sharp, stopping the AUS champs on a pair of power-play chances. She also denied freshman Panthers’ forward Olivia Doughart who fired a team high three shots on goal.
Alberta’s win gives them their second straight fifth-place showing at the women’s hockey national championship, and third in program history. The Pandas are the most successful women’s hockey program in CIS, having won the ‘Golden Path’ trophy seven time, as well as one silver and two bronze medals. They won their last banner in 2010 with a 2-0 win over McGill in Antigonish, NS.
“I kind of look back to our first year as a program in 1997,” said 15-year Pandas’ head coach Howie Draper. “We came to this tournament, got our butts kicked by Toronto and Concordia, and then played an AUS team (St. Mary’s) in the fifth-place game and won. The next year, our program really took a step forward. Given the youth we have on this team, I think this was an important learning experience for our team, and I’ll be looking for that progression next season.”
Alberta 1, UPEI 0
Grandinetti (AB) Interference, 10:39;
1. AB Katie Stewart (1) (Katie Borbely), 0:13
Helland (AB) Bodychecking, 1:22;
O’Donnell (UPEI) Interference, 3:27;
Doughart (UPEI) Hooking, 10:29;
Sweet (UPEI) Tripping, 18:02
O’Donnell (UPEI) Roughing, 8:16
GOALS (by period)
SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
AB: Kanesa Shwetz (W, 1-0, 19 shots, 19 saves, 60:00)
UPEI: Kristy Dobson (L, 0-2, 29 shots, 28 saves, 58:50)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
AB: Sarah Hilworth
UPEI: Laura Bradley
REFEREE: Ashley Desjardin
LINESMEN: Amanda Verishine, Shauna Wing
SCHEDULE, RESULTS & POOL STANDINGS
Pool A GP W OTW OTL L GF GA PTS
1. Montreal 2 2 0 0 0 10 6 6
2. Laurier 2 1 0 0 1 8 6 3
3. UPEI 2 0 0 0 2 1 7 0
Pool B GP W OTW OTL L GF GA PTS
1. Calgary 2 2 0 0 0 5 2 6
2. McGill 2 1 0 0 1 4 1 3
3. Alberta 2 0 0 0 2 2 8 0
NOTE (scoring system):
Win in regulation (W): 3 points
Win in overtime or shootout (OTW): 2 points
Loss in overtime or shootout (OTL): 1 point
Loss in regulation (L): 0 point
Thursday, March 8
Pool A #1: Montreal 6 vs. Laurier 5
Pool B #1: Calgary 1 vs. McGill 0
Friday, March 9
Pool A #2: Laurier 3 vs. UPEI 0
Pool B #2: McGill 4 vs. Alberta 0
Saturday, March 10
Pool A #3: Montreal 4 vs. UPEI 1
Pool B #3: Calgary 4 vs. Alberta 2
Sunday, March 11
5th Place: UPEI 0 vs. Alberta 1
14:00 Bronze: Laurier vs. McGill
18:00 Final: Montreal vs. Calgary