CIS women's hockey Friday roundup: Labonté sets CIS shutout record as Martlets top Concordia 4-0
Photo credit McGill Athletics
|LONDON, Ont. - The Mustangs fell 5-1 to the Brock
Badgers on Feb.11 in Thompson Arena.
Captain Ellie Seedhouse scored the single Western goal. Kelly Walker, Courtney Sutherland, Leigh Vanderveen, Maja Samborski, and Jessica Fickle netted the goals for Brock, solidifying their second-place position in the OUA West.
The game opened with disappointment for the Mustangs as Brock scored a fluke goal through the legs of Olivia Ross within the first 17 seconds of play. Western picked up the pace and countered Brock's strong offense with a stellar defense, led by Tara Cation and Meghan Hewins. Even with double penalties against the Mustangs, Brock could not gain a second advantage and the first period closed at 1-0.
Brock came out in the second with more momentum and pressed towards the Western zone. The Badger's aggression got the best of them when they were handed back-to-back penalties at 4:29 and 7:00 in the period. Though the Mustangs were at a gain, Brock demonstrated why they were number two in the OUA West by stealing the puck from Mustang possession to edge a short-handed goal at 7:52 on the clock. Collisions frequented the remainder of the period as the Mustangs were desperate to put a point on the scoreboard.
Ross was pulled from net at 16:52 and replaced by Alison Lee, who remained goaltender for the duration of the game.
A penalty call to the Badger's Sara Brady gave Western the window they needed as Li and Katie Dillon set up the puck for Seedhouse, who fired it past Clause, earning her 11th goal of the season. Cation was given a body checking penalty at 19:27 and Brock exploited 23 seconds later with their third goal of the night. The Mustangs were set at a 3-1 disadvantage heading into the final period.
Powerplay opportunities were handed back-and-forth to both teams in the third. While Western failed to capitalize on their powerplay opportunities, the Badger's used their numbers advantage to notch one more point on the board. Cation's aggression warranted her a double minor, alongside Brock's Karolyn McIlmoyle at 12:33. Again, the Badger's speed could not be matched and they profited on a third powerplay goal, locking the scoreboard at 5-1 through the end of the third.
Ross and Li combined for 38 saves, while Clause turned away 20 shots.
Honour's were awarded to Western's Ellie Seedhouse and Brock's Beth Clause, who helped bring home the gold medal for Team Canada in the Winter Univeriade in Erzurum, Turkey.
The Mustangs will play their final game of the season Feb.12 against Guelph at 4 p.m. in Thompson Arena.
Source: Western Sports Info
|MONTREAL - Goaltender Charline Labonté of
Boisbriand, Que., posted a CIS record 36th career shutout as
No.1-ranked McGill blanked the Concordia Stingers 4-0 in women's
university hockey at the Ed Meagher arena, Friday.
The result clinched first-place for the Martlets and extended their win streak to 98 consecutive contests over Quebec University Hockey League opponents since 2007 and pushed the Martlets win streak to 37 games against Concordia.
McGill, which had a 46-14 margin in shots, got goals from four different players, three of them coming on the power-play. Jordanna Peroff, a senior from Keswick, Ont., was credited with the game-winner when she snapped a scoreless draw at 3:45 of the second period. Other marksmen included freshman Leslie Oles and sophomore Kim Ton-That, both natives of Beaconsfield, Que., and senior Jasmine Sheehan of Mississauga, Ont.
Labonté, the two-time Olympic gold medalist, has one more shutout than Laurier veteran Liz Knox, who capped off five seasons with a 35th career whitewash in her final regular-season game, Friday. Labonté needed only 14 saves to register the win and improve to 14-0 on the campaign. The three-time All-Canadian leads the nation in shutouts (6), goals-against average (0.65) and save percentage (.958).
In 64 career regular season starts for McGill, she owns a 63-1 record.
The division-leading Martlets, who improved to 17-0 with three games remaining before the post-season, will host fourth-place Ottawa (6-10-1) on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., while second-place Concordia (8-7-2) plays at cellar-dwelling Carleton (3-8-5) at the same time.
Source: McGill Sports Info
|WATERLOO, Ont. - The Laurier Golden Hawks closed
out their regular season with a 2-0 victory over Waterloo.
Returning from their gold medal victory at the FISU games in Turkey
were Alicia Martin (Etobicoke, Ont.), Candice Styles (Orangeville,
Ont.) and Liz Knox (Stouffville, Ont.). The Hawks finish their
season at 23-2-1 while the Warriors end theirs at 4-20-2.
Laurier would not score until the second period as Abby Rainsberry (Petrolia, Ont.) potted her fifth. This was due to the great play of Emma Meanor (Morell, PEI), who in her seventh start of the season turned aside 42 of 44 shots.
Vanessa Schabkar (Etobicoke, Ont.) would net her eighth of the year giving her seventeen points to end the regular season.
The Hawks did not score on the power play tonight, going 0-for-5. The Warriors went 0-for-2 as Liz Knox stopped all seven shots she faced for her fifth shutout of the year, and 90th win of her purple and gold career.
The Hawks take the season series 3-0.
Laurier finishes the season in first place in the OUA West and earns a first round bye. They will resume play on the week of February 21st.
Source: Laurier Sports Info
|Needing only one point to clinch first place in
Canada West, the No.4 Alberta Pandas opted for two, breaking a tie
midway through the third to earn a 3-2 win against the No.10
Saskatchewan Huskies, Friday night at Clare Drake Arena in
Team captain Leah Copeland got the game-winner in the final period while fellow senior forward Melody Howard and fourth-year rearguard Nicole Pratt tallied in the second.
Breanne George, fresh off a gold medal win with Canada's women's hockey team at the 2011 Winter Universiade in Erzurum, Turkey, scored for the visitors, as did rookie forward Chelsey Sundby.
The victory guarantees the 17-3-3 Pandas' position atop the conference standings, now out of the reach of the 15-5-3 Manitoba Bisons, who sit in third. The 16-6-2 Calgary Dinos, with no remaining games, currently hold second, but only one point up on Manitoba, who plays 7-15-1 UBC in their final game tomorrow night on Saturday with a chance to overtake Calgary.
With tonight's loss, the 14-8-1 Huskies have cemented their playoff standing, taking fourth place in Canada West, which means they will be returning to the confines of Clare Drake Arena in a week's time in a playoff semi-final series.
Saskatchewan looked poised to win tonight's game early, though, as third-year puck-stopper Mackenzie Rizos stood tall in the Huskie net, stopping a goalmouth backhand by Alberta's Alana Cabana just 30 seconds into the game to begin her 29-save performance.
The two teams, despite having six players combined in the top 10 point-scorers in the conference, battled it out defensively in the opening frame before the offence could break free in the second.
Working the cycle to perfection, Vancouver native Sarah Hilworth sent out a pass from the corner to Howard at the bottom of the circle, sniping a one-timer to the roof of the Saskatchewan net for her ninth goal of the season.
The Huskies replied midway through the middle frame when Sundby banged home a loose puck in the Alberta crease at the 9:55 mark.
Only nineteen seconds later, Saskatchewan pulled ahead when George, planted at the faceoff dot, sent a wicked backhand over the shoulder of sophomore goaltender Michala Jeffries for her team-leading 15th goal of the season.
Yet the home team would not enter the intermission with a
deficit, tying things up on a beautiful goal by High Prairie, AB
Copeland, in her final year in Panda silks, reclaimed the lead for Alberta on a power-play in the final frame, when her slapper from the top of the circle got under Rizos' pad at the 8:10 mark of the third period.
A final flurry by the Huskies with the extra attacker in the final minute could not provide the equalizer.
Alberta went 2-6 on the man-advantage, while Saskatchewan finished 1-4.
The two teams finish their regular seasons with game two of the weekend series tomorrow night at 7 PM MT.
Source: Alberta Sports Info
|LETHBRIDGE, AB – With nothing but pride to
play for, the Regina Cougars rebounded from a two goal deficit
early in the game to down the Lethbridge Pronghorns 5-4 in the
second to last conference game for both teams.
With the loss the Horns fall to 4-16-3, while Cougars improve to 8-13-2. Crystal Patterson continued her strong play in goal for the Horns, despite giving up five goals, she made 41 saves in the loss. Lisa Urban stopped 21 of the Horns 25 shots.
The Horns and Cougars will conclude their respective season's on Saturday at Nicholas Sheran Arena. Puck Drops at 7:00 p.m.
Source: Lethbridge Sports Info
VANCOUVER - The UBC Thunderbirds (7-15-1) took a one-goal lead into the third period, but wound up on the wrong side of a 4-2 final against the Manitoba Bisons (15-5-3) at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.
Kaitlin Imai, Kelsey Halvorson scored for UBC, with Rachele Bosc scoring a pair, Adie Miles and Meagan Vestby adding singles for Manitoba.
The teams will faceoff again on Saturday night.
Source: UBC Sports Info