CIS women's hockey Saturday roundup
Photo credit The Windsor Star
LONDON, Ont. – The Western Mustangs women’s hockey
team played their second game in as many days today at Thompson
Arena and came out on the short end as the Waterloo Warriors leave
town with the 2-0 win.
Source: Western Sports Info
GUELPH, Ont. - The Guelph Gryphon women’s hockey team gave
up an early lead this afternoon (Oct. 8) at the Gryphons
Centre, falling 3-4 to visitors, UOIT Ridgebacks.
Source: Guelph Sports Info
WINDSOR, Ont. - The Lancer women’s hockey team split a
pair of games to open their season this weekend at home.
Source: Windsor Sports Info
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|TORONTO - Kristie Wilson scored with five seconds
remaining in regulation to cap off an incredible comeback that saw
the York University Lions women's hockey team erase an early
three-goal deficit and defeat the Toronto Varsity Blues 6-5 in its
home opener Saturday (Oct. 8) at Canlan Ice Sports.
Wilson (Hamilton, Ont.), a fourth-year forward, scored a hat trick on the night but no goal was more important than her final one, which she scored just 17 seconds after the Blues tied the game at 5-5 to avoid what would have been a tense overtime period.
Katrina Tollis (Hamilton, Ont.) also had a pair of goals on the night, and Andrea Joyce (Mississauga, Ont.) scored an important fifth goal that gave the Lions their first lead of the game, albeit briefly.
Sydney McMurter (Orillia, Ont.) was stellar in goal for the Lions, making 23 saves on the night, most of which came with the game on the line. Nicole Kesteris (Aurora, Ont.) was equally impressive in goal for the Blues, stopping 34 shots against in the loss.
In the first period, the Lions got into penalty trouble early, and it cost them. Less than two minutes into the game, with defender Lindsay Brook (Ste. Rose du Lac, Man.) in the box serving an interference minor, Ragan Danford (Madoc, Ont.) was able to find some open space in front of the Lions goal, put her stick on the ice and redirect a slap pass from April Looige (Mississauga, Ont.) past McMurter and in to open the scoring.
Just under six minutes later, Courtney Tougas (Thunder Bay, Ont.) put the Blues up 2-0 when she drove hard to the Lions goal and banged home the game's second goal.
The Lions were unable to respond before the intermission due in large part to their inability to stay out of the penalty box. They spent almost half of the period serving minor penalties, which left little time to cut into the Blues' lead. Their best chance to score came on a two-man advantage with 2:30 left on the clock, but they were unable to generate many legitimate scoring chances.
McMurter, despite allowing two goals in the frame, kept the Lions alive with her solid play, coming up with at least one big save on each of the Lions' five penalty kills to hold the Blues' lead at two.
The Lions came out of the locker room looking reenergized to start the second, but it was the Blues who would strike first. Moments after killing a penalty that carried over from the first period, the Blues quickly moved up ice and set up a scoring play from Jacqueline Scheffel to Tougas. Scheffel hit Tougas, who was wide open to the left of the Lions goal, with a perfect, tape-to-tape pass and Tougas converted, banking a shot off McMurter's left pad and in that put the Blues up 3-0.
Down three goals and desperate for a momentum shift, the Lions got a couple of gifts from the Blues, which cut their lead to just 3-2 and ultimately changed the course of the game.
At the 7:30 mark of the period, with a Lions forward barrelling down the ice on a potential breakaway opportunity, Kesteris came out to clear a loose puck drifting in her direction, but her clearing attempt ended up in the midsection of a trailing Wilson, who quickly recovered and deposited an easy wrist shot into the Blues' wide-open goal.
28 seconds later, the Lions got another gift from Kesteris when she misplayed a weak shot from Tollis that took a couple of rebounds, first off her own padding and then off the back of a defender's skate, before skipping backwards and eventually landing just inside her left post.
Less than five minutes later, all hopes of a comeback appeared to be lost when a costly defensive gaffe by the Lions resulted in a shorthanded goal by Kelly O'Hanlon and a 4-2 Blues lead; however, the Lions refused to quit.
With less than two minutes remaining in the period, Tollis scored a highlight reel goal, deking through a defender and flipping a nice little chip shot over Kesteris's blocker, which sent the Lions into the second intermission down just 4-3 and with momentum on their side.
The Lions completed the comeback at the 8:03 mark of the third period when Megan Finlay (Hamilton, Ont.) fired a low blast on the Blues' goal that careened off Kesteris's left pad and onto the stick of a wide-open Wilson, who made no mistake, burying her second goal of the game past Kesteris's outstretched glove.
Less than three minutes later, the Lions took a 5-4 lead when Joyce crashed the Blues' goal following a shot from Kimberly Ramcharan (Mississauga, Ont.) and shoved home the bouncing puck.
The Lions managed to protect the lead until the final minute of the game, which is when things got crazy.
With less than thirty seconds to play and with a player in the penalty box, the Blues pulled Kesteris to get back to even strength, and Marlie McLaughlin came up with a miracle goal, a blast from the point that sailed through at least three different players, including McMurter, before finding the back of the Lions goal and tying the game at 5-5.
With overtime appearing inevitable, the Blues played a bit too confident and sat back waiting for the extra frame to begin. That decision proved costly as Wilson came up with a miracle goal of her own with five seconds remaining to put the Lions back in front, 6-5, and seal the victory.
The win put the Lions at 2-0 on the season, after an opening night win over the Ryerson Rams on Friday, and they have taken an early lead in the OUA standings. They will return to action on Friday night (Oct. 14) in Oshawa when they face the UOIT Ridgebacks at 7:30pm.
Source: Cody Powell, York sport writing assistant