CIS women's hockey Saturday roundup: No. 6 Badgers overpower Lions in 3-1 win
Photo credit Alex Pylyshyn, York
|WATERLOO, Ont. - Elizabeth Kench of Gananoque,
Ont., provided all the offence, scoring a hatrick as the Queen's
Gaels downed the Waterloo Warriors 3-0. The win was the women's
hockey team's first of the new year as they make their push toward
the OUA playoffs.
Kench opened the scoring for the Gaels with a goal four minutes into the game. Becky Conroy of Pembroke, Ont., had an assist on the goal which would be her first of three in the game as she assisted all three of Kench's goals. Kench would add her second goal with two minutes remaining in the second period before scoring her third on the power play in the third period.
Calgary's Karissa Savage stopped all 17 shots she faced in goal for the Gaels to preserve the shutout. Alex Cieslowski of Oakville, Ont., Morgan McHaffie of Guelph, Ont., and Kelsey Thomson of Martintown, Ont. added an assist each.
The Gaels return to action on Sunday, January 9 when they take on the no.2 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. Puck drop is set for 3:00 pm in Waterloo.
Source: Queen's Sports Info
|OTTAWA - Kristen Marson (Bergeron, Gouge) 6:41 1st;
Victoria Gouge (Bergeron, MacDonald) 6:00 2nd PP; Claudia Bergeron
(Plourde, Gouge) 19:39 2nd; Erica Skinner (Bergeron, McKnight) 9:13
3rd PP; Marson (Auger, Wegner) 16:40 3rd PP – Carleton
Despite fighting to the end, the uOttawa Gee-Gees were in too deep against their cross-town rivals Saturday afternoon, racking up 26, albeit controversial, penalty minutes in their 5-3 loss to the Carleton Ravens. This was a significant game for the Gee-Gees, who now sit last in the five team RESQ league, as the team will need to finish fourth to qualify for the playoffs.
Things remained even for the first 40 minutes of the game, with both teams trading goals in the first period. The Gee-Gees would take a brief 3-2 lead in the second thanks to a beautiful breakaway goal by fourth-year forward Erika Pouliot, St. Joseph de Beauce, Que. Intercepting a loose puck from a bad Carleton pass, Pouliot would out muscle the Ravens' defence to backhand the puck past second-year Carleton goalie Eri Kiribuchi.
However, any euphoria from Pouliot's effort would soon be erased as Carleton would tie the game before the period was out and score two unanswered power-play goals in the third for the win.
"Between the second and the third, you could see a lot of us were nervous because it was still tied," said second-year forward Fannie Desforges, Fournier, Ont., who scored uOttawa's other two goals, "We tried to get going again, but it was tough."
The Gee-Gees were hounded by penalties all game, recording 13 different infractions to the Raven's three. Head coach Yanick Evola was less than pleased with the game's officiating.
"I'm not happy about this game," said Evola, "This was the most important game of the season, but now we'll have to try and get points [in our games against] Montreal and Concordia."
The Gee-Gees will now have their work cut out for them in seeking that fourth and final playoff spot. uOttawa will next take on the Université de Montréal Carabins (5-4-2 RSEQ) on Saturday, January 15th at 6:00 p.m. at the uOttawa Sports Complex.
Source: Ottawa Sports Info
|TORONTO - The York University Lions women's hockey
team put in a strong effort against the Brock Badgers, but fell
short in a 3-1 loss at Canlan Ice Sports Area on Saturday afternoon
(Jan. 8). Amber Wilson, Leigh Vanderveen and Kelly Walker each
scored a goal for Badgers, who extended their winning streak to 11
games, while York forward Jennifer Petkovics (Mississauga, Ont.)
scored York's lone goal in the loss.
The Badgers (15-2) charged out of the gate, going right Lions starting goalkeeper Sydney McMurter (Orillia, Ont.). Morgan Bonnah knocked the puck off the post before Badgers forward Karolyn McIlmoyle moved the puck back to the point, where Vanderveen shot in the game first goal.
York countered late in the first period with Petkovics taking a great cross-crease pass from Stephanie Dovaston (Unionville, Ont) to tie the game 1-1.
Sloppy play from the Lions early in the second period put pressure on their defenders and caused two penalties.
On the first Badgers power-play, McIlmoyle won the face-off and drove the puck back to the point, where Wilson blasted the puck through traffic and into the Lions net.
The Lions (7-10) were in catch-up mode for the rest of the game. The squad had several great opportunities to tie the game in the third period as both Petkovics and Andrea Joyce (Oakville, Ont.) had breakaways, but Badger goaltender Beth Clause stopped them with ease.
The Badgers added another power play goal late in the third to finish with the two-goal victory.
The Lions will try to change their fortunes on Sunday (Jan. 9) as they take on the Guelph Gryphons. Puck drops at 2pm at Canlan Ice Sports.
Source: York Sports Info
|TORONTO - The Varsity Blues women's hockey team
dropped a 5-1 decision to the No. 9 Guelph Gryphons on Saturday,
January 8 at Varsity Arena.
With the loss, the Blues drop to 9-8-0 and remain in fourth place, while the Gryphons improve to 11-4-2 and remain in third in the OUA.
In what turned out to be a physical affair, Guelph outshot the home squad 38-20 over three periods of play. The Gryphons were 3-for-6 on the powerplay, with the Blues unable to convert on their six opportunities.
The Gryphons opened the scoring with just over five minutes remaining in the first period with a marker off the stick of fourth-year forward Erin Small of Pickering, Ont.
Guelph opened the flood gates in the second with three unanswered goals, two of which came on the powerplay.
Tamara Bell tallied the Gryphons second goal, captializing on a low rebound, while Dayna Kanis of Georgetown, Ont., struck next sending a shot that trickled over the glove of Blues goaltender Nicole Kesteris.
Fourth-year defenceman Jody Hodgins (Stayner, Ont.) made good on a Kimberley Wong rebound towards the end of the second period to give the Gryphons a 4-0 lead heading into the final frame.
Kaitlyn Mora of Guelph, Ont., would capitalize on the Blues turnover for an unassisted marker midway through the third to cap off the Gryphons scoring.
Fourth-year forward Brenley Jorgensen of Kingston, Ont., broke the shut out a few minutes later when she received a pass from Varsity Blues player of the game Lindsay Hill (Ajax, Ont.) and shot the puck over Gryphons goalie Danielle Skoufranis' blocker.
The Varsity Blues return to action tomorrow afternoon when they host the No. 6 Brock Badgers at Varsity Arena. The puck drops at 4 p.m.
Source: Toronto Sports Info
|LONDON, Ont. - The Western Mustangs lost a back and
forth affair with No. 10 Windsor 5-4 on Saturday afternoon at
Ellie Seedhouse scored 2 goals for the Mustangs. Taryn Brown and Carly Rolph added the other Mustangs goals.
With the loss the Mustangs fall to 4-12-1 on the season.
After a hooking penalty on Windsor, Ellie Seedhouse converted a chance on the powerplay to put the Mustangs up 1-0 halfway through the first period.
The second period featured a flurry of goals as Windsor's Hoogstraten tied the game up three minutes into the period.
The Mustangs regained the lead just 43 seconds later as Brown would get her first goal of the year off a shot from the point.
Windsor took advantage of turnovers in their end scoring two quick goals 26 seconds apart at 15:29 and 15:03 to take a 3-2 lead.
Seedhouse got the Mustangs even at 3-3 halfway through the second period with a nice move in close.
A slap shot from the point from Windsor's Julie Hamilton bounced past Ross after she initially saved it to make it 4-3 Lancers. The goal came on the power play just 48 seconds into the third.
The Mustangs responded as Rolph came in on the rush and with a quick snap shot found the five hole and the back of the net to tie the game at 4-4 with nine minutes remaining.
Western gave up a powerplay goal with 5:23 left in the third to make it a 5-4 game.
Source: Western Sports Info
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|REGINA - The University of Saskatchewan Huskies
scored three goals in the second half of the second period, lifting
the visitors to a 7-1 victory over the Regina Cougars on Saturday
night in a Canada West women's hockey game at The Co-Operators
The Huskies led by a pair after the first period following goals from Julie Paetsch and Chelsey Sundby, then kicked the offence into high gear in the second. Breanne George and Cara Wooster scored in the span of 2:35 midway through the frame, and another goal by Danny Stone just over four minutes later gave the Huskies a 5-0 lead going into the final frame.
Rookie goaltender Morgan Cooper came on in relief of starter Lisa Urban for the Cougars in the third, but George greeted her just after the two-minute mark with her second of the contest and her 13th of the season. Wooster added her second of the night on the power play near the midpoint of the final session to put the Huskies up seven.
Rianne Wight notched the Cougars' lone goal of the game with six minutes left in the third. Kelcie McCutcheon and Paige Wheeler both notched assists on Wight's 13th of the season.
Mackenzie Rizos turned aside 33 shots in the win for the Huskies, who improve to 10-5-1 with the victory. Saskatchewan now sits in second place in the conference with 21 points.
Urban stopped 20 shots in 40 minutes of play for the Cougars, while Cooper stopped seven of nine shots in the third. Regina falls to 5-9-2 with the loss.
Both teams had seven opportunities with the man advantage, but Wooster's goal was the only power play marker of the contest.
The Huskies will be back in action next weekend against Manitoba, while the Cougars will have a weekend off before returning to the ice on Jan. 21 and Jan. 22 at home against UBC.
NOTES: Regina head coach Sarah Hodges led Team Canada to a silver medal at the 2011 IIHF World Women's Under-18 Championship in Stockholm, Sweden ... Hodges and Team Canada sported a 4-1 record at the tournament, with their only setback coming on Saturday in a 5-2 loss to the United States in the gold medal game.
Source: Regina Sports Info
VANCOUVER - The UBC Thunderbirds' dwindling playoff hopes took a severe blow with 6-1 loss to the Alberta Pandas at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre on Saturday night. The T-Birds were overwhelmed in the first period, but found their legs in the second period. Unfortunately, the effort still wasn't enough to overcome the CIS no. 5 ranked visitors from Edmonton.
UBC head coach Nancy Wilson tried to pinpoint her team's troubles.
"What we were trying to do was adjust to their cycle in our defensive zone," said Wilson. "We're still really trying to get players used to our systems, and when a team like Alberta skates so well, we really need to anticipate. We've got a few injuries and we're not skating as well as we did in the first half."
The Pandas got out to a 3-0 lead in the first period thanks to a tally from Katie Stewart and a pair from Jennifer Jubb. Jubb opened the scoring on a scramble in close during a power play, and closed out the first period scoring with a slapshot that UBC goalie Melinda Choy got a piece of but couldn't contain.
The T-Birds' woes continued into the second period when another power play goal for the Pandas put the Albertans up 4-0. This time it was Karla Bourke getting a pass at the side of the net and roofing it past Choy.
The T-Birds finally solved Kanesa Shwetz in the Alberta net when Lauren Ruggiero's wrist shot beat the Panda's keeper following a pass from Alisha Choy. That gave the Blue and Gold some jump, and for the first time in two nights they looked like the team that defeated the Pandas earlier in the regular season.
Lindsie Fairfield took the wind out of the T-Birds' sails when she scored to make it 5-1 on a two-on-one in the dying seconds of the second frame. Fairfield looked to pass, then shot the puck low into the corner, fooling Choy. It was a heartbreaker for the Thunderbirds.
"We roll three lines and if we take penalties there's a fatigue level," said Wilson. "There were a couple of tough goals tonight, and if we could just get all the pieces to fit together like we did at the beginning of the season, we'd be on a roll."
Hilary Talbot stepped into the UBC goal to start the third period, and allowed one goal, a sharp angle shot from Alana Cabana that put the Pandas up 6-1.
Wilson further discussed her squad's modus operandi and the need to improve.
"We're not a fancy team. We don't want to paint a Picasso every time we're on the ice," said Wilson. "We're trying to really battle hard on the defensive side of the puck in order to give us chances on the offensive side of the puck. Our D needs to stay attached to [opposing teams'] forwards. We didn't do that in the first period tonight, but once we started to do that in the second and third we were really much better."
Next up for the T-Birds are two home games versus Hayley Wickenheiser and the Calgary Dinos on January 14 and 15.
Source: UBC Sports Info