CIS women's hockey Friday roundup: Pandas slip past Dinos in goalies' duel
Photo credit Uwe Welz, Alberta
|Moncton||2||St. Thomas||1||Final - OT||Boxscore|
|Montréal - L'équipe de hockey
féminin des Carabins de l'Université de
Montréal a vaincu les Stingers de Concordia par le pointage
de 6 à 3 vendredi soir à l'aréna du CEPSUM.
L'offensive des Bleus a explosé en troisième
période pour aller chercher une précieuse victoire au
classement. Au retour du deuxième entracte, c'était
l'impasse, 2 à 2, entre les deux formations. Cependant,
seulement douze secondes après la mise au jeu initiale,
Audrey Fortin (ergothérapie) a brisé
l'égalité. Avec acharnement, elle s'est
emparée d'un retour de lancer et a battu la gardienne Audrey
Doyon-Lessard. Fortin a également ajouté deux
mentions d'aide plus tard dans le match, méritant ainsi la
« Nos deuxième et troisième trios ont su garder le momentum, affirme l'entraîneure-chef Isabelle Leclaire. Ça a fatigué la défensive adverse. » Ce troisième but a eu pour effet de fouetter les Carabins. « La troisième a été notre meilleure période, ajoute Leclaire. Les filles ont été intenses et l'échec avant était super agressif. Notre jeu sans la rondelle était à son mieux. »
Cinq minutes après le but de Fortin, Josianne Legault (déficience intellectuelle) a doublé l'avance des Bleus. Avant que l'annonceur ait pu confirmer son but, Janique Duval (adaptation scolaire) ajoutait un autre filet sur un lancer puissant.
La formation d'Isabelle Leclaire ne s'est pas contentée de cette avance de trois buts. Legault a compté son deuxième de la soirée sur une belle montée à trois contre deux. Elle a été patiente avec le disque avant de le loger dans la partie supérieure de la cage de Doyon-Lessard.
Les Stingers ont ajouté un troisième but à la toute fin, mais c'était trop peu, trop tard. Emilie Bocchia a redirigé un tir de loin derrière Rachel Ouellette (études cinématographiques).
Un début de match serré
Les Carabins ont eu le meilleur en deuxième période, passant une grande partie des vingt minutes en zone offensive. Elles se sont finalement inscrites au tableau à la troisième minute. Depuis le derrière du filet adverse, Casandra Dupuis (sécurité et études policières) a servi une passe savante à Kim Deschênes (arts et sciences) qui a habilement redirigée la rondelle derrière la gardienne adverse. Deschênes a également ajouté trois passes à sa fiche. Elle est la meilleure marqueuse du circuit avec un total de 21 points, dont 13 buts.
Les Bleus ont ensuite pris les devants sur un jeu inusité. Une passe de Dupuis devant le filet a frappé le patin d'une représente de Concordia et la rondelle s'est retrouvée dans le but. Les Stingers ont cependant répliqué avec un filet tout aussi particulier. Catherine Rancourt a lancé depuis l'arrière du but de Rachel Ouellette et la rondelle a frappé le bâton de cette dernière avant de prendre le chemin de la zone payante.
Par ailleurs, en début de troisième période, Mélissa Globensky (éducation physique et santé) s'est vue octroyée un tir de pénalité lorsqu'une défenseure des Stingers l'a fait trébucher en échappée. Doyon-Lessard lui a cependant fermé la porte.
Grâce à cette victoire convaincante, les Bleus reprennent le deuxième rang au classement, deux points devant les Stingers. « C'est notre plus belle performance collective de l'année », dit Leclaire.
La prochaine partie des Carabins les opposera aux Martlets à l'Université McGill ce dimanche dès 13h. La formation anglophone est toujours invaincue à ses 93 dernières rencontres contre ses rivales du circuit québécois.
Source: Montreal Sports Info
|ST. CATHARINE'S – The No. 8 Guelph Gryphon
women's hockey team lost 1-0 on the road to the No. 6 Brock Badgers
tonight. With the loss, Guelph's record is now 13-6-2 as they sit
third in the OUA.
After a scoreless first two periods the Badgers Melissa Geary scored the game winner for the Badgers at the nine minute mark.
Gryphon goalie Danielle Skoufranis registered 20 saves in the loos, while Beth Clause turned aside 23 shots for the victory.
The Gryphons will now rest for awhile before host the Laurier Golden Hawks next Thursday (Jan. 27) at the Gryphon Centre. Puck drops at 7:30 pm.
Source: Guelph Sports Info
|UOIT||2||Western||3||Final - OT||Boxscore|
|LONDON, Ont. - Western battled OUIT for an overtime
3-2 victory in an aggressive battle fought on home ice.
Mustang goals were scored by Lindsay Repath (Thornhill, Ont.) and Ellie Seedhouse (Whitby, Ont.), who scored two goals including the winning goal in overtime. Jaclyn Gibson (Cobourg, Ont.) and Sarah Worthington (Whitby, Ont.) put the points on the board for the Ridgebacks.
The Mustangs opened the game strong with Seedhouse scoring a quick goal against OUIT with 13 seconds in the first period, assisted by a clean pass from Michelle Saunders (Oakville, Ont.).
Western continued to apply the pressure to the Ridgebacks, resulting in Repath scoring an unassisted goal shortly thereafter. The period progressed with many quick plays and equal shooting attempts from both teams eventually resulting in Western keeping a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period.
The momentum carried into the second period as Western's goalie, Olivia Ross (Huntsville, Ont.), stayed strong in net against Gillian Beggs' (Oshawa, Ont.) breakaway attempt from the Ridgebacks. Another unassisted goal was scored half-way through the second period from Worthington, who later received a penalty for interference at 12:48. Despite their quick passes, Western was unable to score on the powerplay and regain a lead, ending the second period with a 2-2 tie.
The third period opened with a carried-over power play for the Mustangs.
OUIT brought some aggression to the ice, earning them two back-to-back penalties. Even with the advantage, Western could not add points on the scoreboard.
Tempers flared as Western's Tara Cation (Caledon, Ont.) and Katie Dillon (Oshawa, Ont.), along with OUIT's Rikki Palmateer (Cobourg, Ont.), were all handed penalties at 13:24 on the clock. Both teams followed through the third period with combative gameplay, leaving them at 2-2 going into overtime.
Overtime began with a make-or-break opportunity as OUIT's Jordan Whately (Cobourg, Ont.) was sent to the penalty box in the first 17 seconds of gameplay for body checking. The Mustangs exploited this advantage with Cation and Saunders setting up the puck for Seedhouse, who shot the puck past the Ridgebacks goalie for the game-winning point at 45 seconds in OT. This marks Seedhouse's 10th goal of the season.
The Mustangs look to follow up with another win on Sunday Jan. 23 against Queen's at 2 p.m. in Thompson Arena.
Source: Western Sports Info
|Paige Wheeler set up Hillary Lerat in the first
period and Lerat returned the favour in the second as the
University of Regina's women's hockey team edged the UBC
Thunderbirds by a 2-1 score on Friday night at The Co-Operators
Lerat opened the scoring with her second of the season with six minutes left in the first period after taking a pass from Wheeler and beating UBC goalie Melinda Choy with a shot from the point.
A Lerat point shot was also responsible for the second Cougar goal. With the U of R enjoying a 5-on-4 advantage, Lerat fired a shot that was deflected home by Wheeler, giving the third-year forward her eighth goal of the season.
Wheeler's goal would turn out to be the game-winning marker, as UBC's Kelsey Kirkham scored three minutes into the third period to get the Thunderbirds to within one.
Lisa Urban shut the door from there, however, as the fourth-year goaltender stopped 12 of UBC's 13 shots in the third period – and 26 out of 27 in the game – to secure the team's sixth win of the season.
"I was happy with the way we played tonight," Cougars head coach Sarah Hodges said following the win. "We started out real strong and had more opportunities to finish, but weren't able to. Otherwise I was extremely satisfied with our effort."
Choy made 18 saves for UBC, which falls to 4-12-1 with the loss. The Cougars' Canada West record improves to 6-9-2 on the season.
The two teams will meet again at The Co-Operators Centre on Saturday night. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Source: Regina Sports Info
|Lethbridge, AB – With their post season hopes
hanging in the balance, the Lethbridge Pronghorns were stifled all
night by the Manitoba Bisons, falling 3-1 in Canada West women's
hockey action. With the loss the Horns are officially eliminated
from post-season contention and fall to 4-12-3. The Bisons improve
to 11-4-1 and move into a third place tie with the idle
Horns starting goaltender Crystal Patterson was the story for the Horns, holding her team in a game that was dominated territorially all night by the Bisons. Patterson finished with 41 saves on the night. Her counterpart Tara Lacquette was the far less busy of the two goaltenders, making 10 saves on the night.
Tammy Brade collected a rebound deep in the slot and beat Patterson high to the blocker side for the only scoring in the opening period, one which was dominated by the Bisons. If not for the stellar goaltending from Patterson the Horns deficit could have been far worse. The Bisons outshot the Horns 21-2.
Again, the Bisons held a territorial advantage in the second period and upped their lead to 2-0 early into the period, when Amy Coates banged home a rebound from the Horns crease for her third goal of the season.
Sprung out of the penalty box, Jasmin Teske got the Horns on the board, using a Bison defender as a screen beating Bison goalie Lacquette glove side.
With time winding down in the second period, Kacey Funk restored Bison two goal lead with only 15 seconds left. The Bisons outshot the Horns 11-5 in the period.
Neither team was able to hit the score sheet in the final period and the Bisons dictated the play again and continued their dominance on the shot clock. The Bisons outshot the Horns 12-4 in the period and holding a 44-11 advantage for the night.
The same two teams faceoff tomorrow night to conclude the weekend set, 7:00pm at Nicholas Sheran Arena.
Source: Lethbridge Sports Info
CALGARY – After 70 minutes of play and six rounds in the shootout the Calgary Dinos couldn't beat Alberta goaltender Michala Jeffries on their way to a 2-1 shootout loss to the Pandas at the Olympic Oval Friday.
The contest featured end-to-end offensive play with both teams earning many chances on the rush only to be denied by the impressive play of the netminders, Alberta's Jeffries and Calgary's Amanda Tapp.
The first period saw all of the scoring for the contest with the Pandas stunning the home team with an early goal 1:11 into the contest. That goal was the result of a drive by Alberta attacker Sarah Hilworth that was initially stopped by Tapp before Panda forward Alannah Kedra picked up the rebound and gunned it past the prone Calgary goalie.
The lone puck to find its way past Jeffries and into the Alberta net was an even strength effort from Hayley Wickenheiser to tie the game 12:28 into the first. That goal, a wrist shot from the high slot, was the result of a feed from rookies Erika Mitschke and Jenna Smith as part of a three-on-two rush. The goal was Wickenheiser's 17th on the season.
The rest of the game would see both teams continuing to get chances on net but failing to convert on them. After 70 minutes the Pandas had fired 28 shots at Tapp for a 27 save night while Jeffries turned away 24 of 25 at the other end. In that time both teams were awarded four power plays but could capitalize on none of them.
With four minutes left in regulation the Dinos were dealt a huge blow when Wickenheiser was involved in a knee-on-knee collision at the Alberta blue-line with Pandas forward Lindsie Fairfield . Wickenheiser left the ice and not return for the remainder of the game.
The shootout was an extended affair as both goalies continued their hot streaks and turned away everything for the first five rounds of shooters. The sixth shooter turned out to be the charm for Alberta with Karla Bourke skating in and wristing the game-winning goal between Tapp's pad and blocker to earn Alberta an extra point and the top spot in Canada West.
Following the loss Dinos head coach Danielle Goyette praised both her team and the abilities of the visitors.
"I've been in the CIS for two years and I think this is the best game that we've played in those two years," she said. "It was a fast game with great plays from both teams."
She was especially pleased with the play of her goaltender.
"I think Tapp played great tonight. If you want to be on top you have to have a goalie who can make those saves at the right times like she did. It's not fun to lose in a shootout but you can't evaluate your play based on this kind of loss. I think we played a great game."
With their marathon run of five games in nine days almost at an end, the Dinos will head north to the provincial capital tomorrow for the second round of this home-and-home. That game will be held at Clare Drake Arena with the puck dropping at 7 p.m.
Source: Calgary Sports Info