CIS women's hockey Friday roundup: Wickenheiser shines as Dinos top T-Birds
Photo credit Dave Holland
|St. Thomas||2||Saint Mary's||1||Final|
|Moncton||2||Mount Allison||3||Final - SO||Boxscore|
|The Mount Allison Women's Hockey Mounties came back
from an early 2-0 deficit to beat the #10-ranked Aigles Bleues 3-2
in a shootout.
Lindsay James tied the game with her tenth goal of the season 12:31 into the third period on the powerplay, and scored the shootout winner for the Mounties. Jenica Bastarache put the Mounties on the board 8:36 into the third.
Meghan Corley-Byrne stopped 29 shots through regulation and overtime, and all 3 shots in the shootout to record the win. The Mounties fired 28 shots on Kathy Desjardins throughout 65 minutes of play.
Marieve Provost, the AUS all-time leading scorer, was held goalless on nine shots; she is tied for first in the CIS in career goals, but Corley-Byrne and the Mounties' defence held strong against Moncton's star player.
The Mounties improve to 7-6-1, and have now won four of their last five, recording five of a possible six points in 2011. Their next game is Friday, January 21st against first-place St. FX.
Source: Wray Perkin, Mount Allison
|MONTREAL - L'équipe de hockey
féminin des Carabins de l'Université de
Montréal a encaissé un revers de 4 à 3 face
aux Stingers de Concordia vendredi soir au CEPSUM. Un but
marqué dans les derniers instants du match a donné la
victoire à la formation de l'ouest de la ville. Les Bleus
ont ouvert la marque tôt dans la partie. Kim Deschênes
(arts et sciences) a marqué son onzième filet de
l'année pour donner les devants à son équipe.
Les Stingers ont répliqué lors d'un avantage
numérique. Moira Frier a inscrit son premier but de
l'année. Avec un peu plus d'une minute à faire
à la période, Deschênes a poursuivi sur sa
lancée et a marqué une deuxième fois. Elle a
réussi à compter à cinq reprises lors des deux
Au milieu du deuxième engagement, l'attaquante des Stingers Emilie Bocchia a effectué une belle montée en zone montréalaise avant de remettre devant le filet à Erin Lally pour créer l'égalité. Moins de cinq minutes plus tard, la troupe de l'Université Concordia a pris les devants sur un jeu similaire. Lally a complété une montée à deux contre un sur une passe de Bocchia. Ces deux buts convaincants en surnombre ont changé le cours de la rencontre. « L'histoire du match est là », dit l'entraîneure-chef Isabelle Leclaire.
Les Carabins ont toutefois créé l'égalité avant de retraiter au vestiaire. Lors de leur seule supériorité numérique de la rencontre, Josianne Legault (déficience intellectuelle) a sauté sur un retour de lancer pour niveler les chances de chaque côté.
Les deux équipes ont livré une bataille serrée en troisième période. C'est finalement Mallory Lawton qui a tranché le débat en glissant la rondelle entre les jambières de la gardienne Rachel Ouellette (études cinématographiques).
La gardienne de Concordia, Audrey Doyon-Lessard, a une fois de plus été solide entre les poteaux face aux Carabins. Elle a stoppé 30 des 33 tirs dirigés vers elle. « Nous n'avons pas tiré au but assez souvent, affirme Leclaire. Nous n'avons pas été capables de profiter des retours de lancers. »
Cette défaite resserre le classement. Les Carabins sont toujours en deuxième position avec une priorité de deux points sur les Stingers. Ces dernières ont toutefois joué deux parties en moins.
Les Bleus prennent la route dès demain. Elles affronteront les Gee-Gees à l'Université d'Ottawa dès 18h.
Source: Montreal Sports Info
|OSHAWA, Ont. – The UOIT Ridgebacks women's
hockey team could not find a way to beat York goaltender Sydney
McMurter on Friday night as the Lions skated away with a 2-0
victory at the Campus Ice Centre.
Friday's contest marked the Ridgebacks 100th OUA conference game since joining OUA women's hockey in the 2007-08 season.
The Ridgebacks fired 40 shots on net including 24 in the second period, but were unable to beat the second year netminder who recorded her second shutout of the year.
York scored both of their goals in the second period despite being outshot 24-9. Freshman Stephanie Dovaston found the back of the net at the 1:21 and 13:16 minute marks with Kristie Wilson picking up two assists.
Jessica Larabie stopped 27 shots as she made her fifth consecutive start in net for the Ridgebacks.
Both power plays were ineffective combining to go 0-for-11.
York improves to 8-11-0 on the season, three points ahead of the Ridgebacks who sit at 5-11-3.
The Ridgebacks will be back on the ice at the Campus Ice Centre on Saturday as they host the Toronto Varsity Blues. Game time is at 7:30 p.m.
Source: UOIT Sports Info
|WINNIPEG - The #4 ranked Manitoba Bisons women's
hockey team extended their conference unbeaten streak to 11 games
with a 2-1 win over the Saskatchewan Huskies Friday, January 14 at
the Max Bell Arena.
The win moves the Bisons record to 10-3-1, while the Huskies fall to 10-6-1 with both teams tied for second in the Canada West standings with 21 points. The Huskies would tie the game at one near the halfway mark of the third period, but Rachele Bosc would send the visiting Huskies to the dressing room with a 2-1 loss after her winning goal sealed the deal for the Bisons with five minutes to go in the game.
Bisons head coach Jon Rempel said the Bisons stuck to the game plan on this night. "I thought we played well tonight considering this was our first game back. We've essentially played three games in 50 days," he said. "I thought we were patient, we were defensively responsible, the team did everything we could have asked of them tonight."
No goals would be scored in the opening 20 minutes, but both teams would have their opportunities. The two best Bisons chances came off the rush, as both Bosc and Meagan Vestby would win one on one battles off the rush and get in close on Saskatchewan goaltender Mackenzie Rizos. Rizos would have the answer on both occasions, as well as on a Tammy Brade opportunity from point blank range. The Bisons would take a penalty late in the period, and netminder Tara Lacquette would stop a number of Huskies powerplay chances to keep the game scoreless heading into the second period.
The Bisons would feed off another Lacquette save early in the second period, when Addie Miles would slide a backhand past Rizos. The officials had to discuss if the puck completely crossed the line, but in the end determined it did, to give the Bisons the 1-0 lead. The Herd also avoided an injury scare on defence, as Chantal DeSpieglaere went down with an injury in the neutral zone, but went off the ice under her own power, and was playing a few shifts later. The Huskies would take two penalties in the second period, while Hrehirchuk picked up her second minor for the Bisons. But Lacquette would stand tall between the pipes to hold the Bisons lead at one after 40 minutes.
Saskatchewan's Cara Wooster would tie the game on the powerplay near the midway point of the final period, when a rebound came her way and Lacquette was not able to get across her crease fast enough to stop the Wooster attempt. Five minutes later however the Bisons would restore their lead for good, with Rachele Bosc beating Rizos glove side off a pass out front from Hrehirchuk. Bosc's marker would hold up, giving the Bisons the win and momentum heading into the rematch with Saskatchewan January 15.
That rematch is back at the Max Bell Arena tomorrow night (Saturday, January 15), with puck drop set for 7 p.m. CT.
Source: Manitoba sports info
|KINGSTON, Ont. – The Queen's Gaels scored six
straight goals on route to a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Varsity
Blues Friday at the Memorial Centre. Becky Conroy of Pembroke, Ont.
and Kelsey Thomson of Martintown, Ont. had four points apiece
combining for four goals.
Liz Kench of Gananoque, Ont. had two assists on the night, moving her into second place all-time in Gaels scoring with 120 points. Kench passed Julie Stevens who finished her career with 119 points.
The Blues' Karolina Urban of Kamloops, B.C. scored with less than 4 minutes of play to prevent the shutout. Gaels' netminder Mel Dodd-Moher of Stittsville, Ont. saved 19 shots on the night.
Queen's also received contribution from Brittany McHaffie of Guelph, Ont. and Kristin Smith of Toronto, each chipping in with a goal in the second period. Smith also had an assist on the night.
The Gaels play again on Saturday against the York Lions, 8:30pm at the Memorial Centre. At 8-7-4, Queen's sits 5th in the OUA with 20 points. Toronto at 10-9-0 is 4th with 20 points as well, but holds the tie-breaker with a greater number of wins.
Source: Queen's Sports Info
|EDMONTON - The University of Alberta Pandas
volleyball team, ranked No.7 in the country, needed just three sets
(25-19, 25-20 and 25-12) to earn their first win of the 2011
calendar year, as they defeated the No.10 Regina Cougars on Friday
night in the U of A's Main Gym.
Third year outside hitter Krista Zubick, or Kay-Z, recorded a team high nine kills for the Pandas as they improved to 5-4 on the season, the first time they've climbed over the .500 mark. Jaki Ellis had seven kills for Alberta, while middle Caitlin Buckell had a pair of aces.
Alberta started the season 1-4, but has now rattled off four straight wins, and sit fifth in the conference standings.
Regina was led by junior outside hitter Kaitlyn Hughes who notched eight kills in the loss. The Cougars spun eight aces as a team, including two from Hughes, but also handed out nine service errors. They were also undone by 31 attack errors compared to just 24 kills. Regina remains in the seventh place in the Canada West standings, which is the lowest they can be and still qualify for the post season.
Although Alberta opened up strong in the first set, recording 10 kills and just two errors, Regina was able to stay close thanks to four first set aces, as well as some strong defence which lead to 15 digs. Zubick and the Pandas had just a little more going for them however, winning 25-19.
It was even tighter in the second set between the two teams, both of which competed in the CIS championship tournament last season in Edmonton, as they found themselves tied at 20-20 late in the middle frame. The Pandas would prevail however, winning 25-20, which set them up for the straight sets win.
In the third set, it was all Alberta, as Zubick, Jenice Warkentin and fifth-year Tiffany Proudfoot put on an attacking clinic, while Alyssa Jones was all over the floor defensively, digging up Regina attacks and snuffing out momentum. Zubick would end the match, pounding a kill off the Cougar block and onto the floor, giving Alberta the 25-12 set win and the match at 3-0.
The two teams will do it all over again on Saturday night, this time getting underway at 6:30 pm in the Main Gym.
Source: Alberta Sports Info
VANCOUVER - Hayley Wickenheiser came back to Vancouver, site of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and the three-time Olympic gold medalist showed why she's considered the greatest female hockey player in the world. Wickenheiser notched two goals and four assists in her Calgary Dinos 8-5 win over the UBC Thunderbirds at Doug Mitchell Arena.
"It's great [to be back in Vancouver]. I love the city and I love playing here," said Wickenheiser. "The memories of playing here a year ago are great. The rink's a little quieter than it was a year ago, but there's a lot of great memories."
The Dinos scored six of their eight goals on special teams, including two short-handed goals. One of those goals came when Wickenheiser snagged the puck in the defensive zone and used her incredible speed to break up the ice uncontested, beating UBC goalie Melinda Choy with a backhander.
"At this level, if you have good specialty teams, that's going to separate you from anyone else," said Wickenheiser. "They took some undisciplined penalties, and we capitalized and that was the difference."
UBC head coach Nancy Wilson saw it much the same way.
"Five-on-five we beat them," observed Wilson. "I was very proud of our team's play. They never gave up. But we need to be more conscientious on our power play, not just to focus on the net, but if Hayley Wickenheiser gets the puck in open ice, she's gone. We've got to keep our feet moving on the blueline, whether it's power play, PK, or five-on-five."
Veteran blueliner Kirsten Mihalcheon had a pair of goals for the Blue and Gold, including a beauty in close. Mihalcheon showed confidence with the puck, picking an open side to beat Amanda Tapp, one of the CIS's top goalies.
The game was also one of the roughest and most physical of the T-Birds' season and Wilson liked her team's hard-driving effort.
"We have to be a gritty team," explained Wilson. "We generate our offence off our forecheck. I like a team that really works hard. The story of our demise tonight was specialty teams. Other than that, we win the hockey game. We hit four posts tonight. But our bench never got down. As soon as we establish our forecheck, our bench gets energized."
Wickenheiser opened the scoring, racing to the UBC net, making a move to her backhand, and putting one in just 11 seconds into regulation. But UBC answered back when Tatiana Rafter drained her first shot of the game, a low hard shot to tie things at 1-1 less than two minutes in.
Amanda Asay drove the net and gave the Thunderbirds a lead a few minutes later, but the Dinos responded on a goal from Calaine Inglis. The teams headed into the first intermission tied at two apiece.
"Their first period was pretty good," said Wickenheiser. "At this point in the season every team has improved, and they're a better team than the first time we saw them, and so are we."
UBC's Sarah Casorso gave her side a boost with a late goal, a wrist shot into the top corner. Casorso finished with two points.
Other Calgary goal scorers were Rebecca Niehaus, Elana Lovell, Jenna Smith, and Tanya Morgan.
In spite of the loss, Wilson looks forward to another spirited contest on Saturday.
"We came out tonight the way we came out at the beginning of the year," said Wilson. "But we've got three lines. We don't have a fourth line, we've got two sick players, and I'm very proud of the level of energy these guys came out with. They were embarrassed last weekend, and they know they're a better team than we've shown. I'm seeing some good things, but Hayley Wickenheiser is the difference in the game."
The Thunderbirds take on Wickenheiser and the Dinos Saturday with puck drop set for 7:00 p.m.
Source: UBC Sports Info