CIS women's hockey Friday roundup
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StFX 5, Dalhousie 1 Final Boxscore
ANTIGONISH, N.S. - The reigning AUS champion X-Women hockey team opened the season with a bang, handing the Dalhousie Tigers a 5-1 loss in front of a great opening night crowd Friday night at the Keating Centre in Antigonish. The win was powered by a second period surge that saw the X-Women score three goals in the opening three minutes of the frame.
Brittney Perkins opened the scoring for StFX at the 17:03 mark of the first period on a late period shorthanded breakaway. Suzanne Fenerty and Jenna Pitts assisted on the play. The Tigers thought they had the game tied 1-1 in the final seconds of the first period, but the goal was ruled disallowed as it crossed the goal line after the buzzer. The score remained 1-0 StFX after 20 minutes of play.
The X-Women opened the second frame on fire, potting three quick goals in the opening three minutes to put the game out of reach at 4-0. Abygail Laking (Pitts, Jenna Downey) started the onslaught with a powerplay marker, followed by tallies from Sadie Whaley (Downey, Perkins) and Sydnee Parker off an Erin Brophy pass.
Whaley`s goal was extra special as it was the first of her freshman year and AUS hockey career.
The third period saw the X-Women and Tigers trade goals. Reigning CIS Rookie of the Year Alex Normore scored for StFX just 40 seconds into the period, while veteran Jocelyn Leblanc scored the lone goal for the Tigers.
The conclusion of the game saw StFX outshoot Dalhousie 33-19. StFX forward Brittney Perkins was the Subway Player of the Game recording one goal and one assist in the win. Katie Greenway earned the win in nets for the X-Women while Brittany McMacken was tagged with the loss for the Tigers in her AUS debut.
Next on the schedule for the X-Women is a matchup against Mount Allison in Sackville on Sunday, October 23rd.
Source: StFX Sports Info
McGill 6, Montreal 1 Final Boxscore
Guelph 3, Western 1 Final Boxscore
LONDON, Ont. - The Western Mustangs women’s hockey team were defeated by the Guelph Gryphons 3-1 Friday night at Thompson Arena. After two close periods Guelph came out in the third ready to play and ultimately earned the win.
The first period was evenly played as both teams had good scoring chances but strong goaltending on both ends of the rink kept the game scoreless.
The second period saw both teams come out strong as the intensity level picked up. Western’s Katie Dillon went in all alone and put a nice wrist shot high glove side past goaltender Stephanie Nehring at 4:20.
Back and forth play was the case for the majority of the period until Jacalyn Sollis delivered a beautiful pass to send Erin Small in on a breakaway which she finished nicely tying the score 1-1 at 13:37.
The final twenty minutes of play was penalty-filled and saw Guelph take control of the game, outshooting Western seven to two. Jessica Pinkerton potted a goal at 13:06 on the powerplay and Kimberley Wong iced it with a shorthanded empty net goal at 18:58 to make the final score 3-1 for Guelph.
The first star of the game was Erin Small (2G, 1A) with teammate Jacky Sollis (2A) picking up second star. Western’s Katie Dillon earned third star with her breakaway goal to get things started in the first.
The Mustangs are back in action tomorrow night as they play host to the Brock Badgers with a 7:30 p.m. puck drop.
Source: Western Sports Info
York 2, UOIT 1 Final Boxscore
OSHAWA, Ont. – The UOIT Ridgebacks women’s hockey team came up a little short in their 2011/12 home opener as the York Lions won by a score of 2-1 in front of an energetic crowd at the Campus Ice Centre.
The Ridgebacks peppered York goalie Sydney McMurter with 34 shots but were only able to put one in the back of the net as the Lions walked away with thetwo points.
York got on the board first with a power play marker on a two man advantage as Stephanie Dovastan scored her second goal of the year.
UOIT would even things up in the second as Sarah Worthington (Whitby, Ont.) scored her second goal in three games. Stephanie Spencer (Bowmanville, Ont.) recorded her first point as a Ridgeback as she had an assist on the play. Captain Jill Morillo (Whitby, Ont.) also had an assist, extending her point streak to three games.
Later in the second, York would regain the lead as Katrina Tollis netted her league leading fifth goal of the season.
Despite outshooting York 15-4 in the final frame, UOIT was unable to capitalize on their scoring opportunities with Tollis’ second period goal standing up as the game winner.
Emma Thompson (Hastings, Ont.) made 19 stops in net for UOIT while McMurter had 33. UOIT was 0-for-4 on the power play while York was 1-for-3.
UOIT falls to 1-2-0 on the year while York remains undefeated at 3-0-0.
The Ridgebacks will host the defending OUA champion Queen’s Gaels at the Campus Ice Centre on Sunday, October 16. Puck drop is at 2:30 p.m.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE RIDGEBACKS
Overall Record: 1-2-0
Conference Record: 1-2-0
Next Home Game: Sun. Oct. 16 vs. Queen’s (2:30 p.m.)
Alberta 4, Manitoba 3 Final Boxscore
WINNIPEG - There was an abundance of pink on the ice Friday, October 14 evening as the University of Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team hit the ice for their home opener against the University of Alberta Pandas.
The Bisons were equipped with either pink stick tape, pink skate laces or both, in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and the University of Manitoba’s ‘Shoot for the Cure’, taking place October 14-16.
The Bisons, defending conference champions, looked impressive in preseason action, finishing first overall in their pool and were looking to start their regular season on a good note with this weekend series against the Pandas.
Manitoba put up a good fight, but in the end Alberta came away with the victory, finishing 4-3 over their opponents.
Manitoba would strike first and early in the game, when the Pandas’ Nicole Pratt was penalized for two minutes on a slashing call. The Bisons made sure to keep all of the action in their opponent’s zone during the power play, and Megan Vestby would pickpocket a Panda behind their net, and throw it out in front to Nellie Minshull who put it in the back of the net. 1-0 Bisons.
Alberta responded quickly and in similar manner, only three minutes later. With the puck down in Manitoba’s end, the Pandas’ Karla Bourke sent a swift pass over to Monika Moskalski for the one-timer. Bisons’ net minder Tara Lacquette dove for the save but couldn’t make it in time, and the game would even up at 1-1.
With time winding down in the first period, Manitoba decided to grab one more goal before intermission. Jessica Carswell would get the puck over to Rachele Bosc, who blasted one past Alberta’s goaltender Michala Jeffries, giving the Bisons a 2-1 lead heading into the second period.
The second period was as action-packed as the first, but neither team could manage to find a marker early on. The Bisons came up with the best chance of the period when Lindsay Blight fired a shot from the top of the circle, that Jeffries just barely managed to get a toe on and steer wide.
It looked like the second would finish with no goals on the board, until Alberta’s Moskalski struck again with only 20 seconds remaining, letting a shot go from the point that was deflected by traffic in front, and bounced into the Bisons’ net.
The second period would conclude at a 2-2 tie, with Manitoba outshooting the Pandas 19-8. At the sound of the horn, the Bisons’ Nellie Minshull would take an interference penalty, giving Alberta a power play to begin the third.
Starting with the (wo)man advantage, it only took 51 seconds for Moskalski to net her third of the game, coming up on close on Lacquette and putting a low shot right through her five-hole, picking up a hat trick and the first lead of the game for the Pandas.
A few minutes later, Lacquette would be caught after mishandling the puck behind her net, and couldn’t get back in time to stop Alberta’s Sarah Hilworth from burying the wrap-around, and putting the Pandas up 4-2 as we approached the halfway mark of the third.
With eight minutes to go in the period, Alberta’s Katie Stewart took a tripping penalty, and Bisons’ head coach Jon Rempel called a timeout to give his team a breather, and the best opportunity to pick up a goal on the power play. Manitoba couldn’t capitalize, however, as the penalty finished without a marker for the Bisons, and six minutes left in the game.
With a little over a minute left on the board, and the Pandas sensing victory, Manitoba’s Jessica Carwell broke in on net and snapped a shot past Jeffries, bringing her team to within just one, with enough time left for a dramatic finish.
Just before the Bisons scored their third of the game, there was a scary moment that saw Kayleigh Wiens take a nasty tumble hard into the boards, hitting her head. After Manitoba’s goal, play was stopped for roughly 15 minutes while Wiens was tended to by team trainers, and eventually taken out of the arena on a stretcher. Wiens was conscious and mobile, and these were likely only precautions.
In the end, the Pandas’ three unanswered goals were too much for the Bisons to overcome, and the game finished at a 4-3 victory for Alberta.
“Our team played well,” said head coach John Rempel after his team’s loss. “They got saves at key times and we didn’t. Our power play didn’t cash in the second period when we were dominating, but we played the way we were supposed to play, executed the game plan well, sometimes it just doesn’t go the way you plan.”
The Manitoba Bisons play next on Saturday, October 15 evening at 7:00 p.m. CT at the Max Bell Centre, as they face the Alberta Pandas once again in the second game of their weekend series.
Source: Manitoba Sports Info
Saskatchewan 7, Regina 1 Final Boxscore
SASKATOON - Kelsey Tulloch and Danny Stone each netted a pair of goals in a University of Saskatchewan Huskies 7-1 victory over the visiting University of Regina Cougars Friday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.
Third-year Stone netted her first at 8:18 in the first period on the power play and added her second just 48 seconds into the third period. Tulloch scored at 2:59 in the third and again at 6:26 in the same frame. Stone also added a helper on Sara White’s opening goal at 1:14 into the game.
The game opened the Canada West women’s hockey season for both teams.
Other Huskie goals were scored by Cara Wooster at 10:00 in the second period and Kelsey Fenton at 8:58 in the third period.
Saskatchewan’s goalie Mackenzie Rizos’ bid for the shutout was foiled by Paige Wheeler at 18:01 in the third period on the power play. Wheeler beat Rizos after a scramble in front of the net.
Regina goaltender Jennifer Schmidt made 24 saves in the game, Rizos stopped 23 of the 24 shots she faced. The Huskies threw 18 shots at Schmidt in the second period.
Saskatchewan’s power play was on the mark with five of their seven goals coming with the man advantage. Regina went 1-for-4.
The two teams will finish the home-and-home Saturday in Regina. Puck drop is 7 p.m. at The Co-operators Centre.
Lethbridge 2, UBC 0 Final Boxscore
VANCOUVER – Two third period goals gave the visiting Lethbridge Pronghorns women’s hockey team a 2-0 win over the UBC Thunderbirds Friday night at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.
The result spoiled the regular season debut of UBC head coach Jen Rawson.
“It would have been nice to start with a win,” said Rawson. “It’s just disappointing that we didn’t play our best tonight.”
Kirsten Reeves scored at 1:07 of the third period as she fired a shot from the right side that went through a maze of players and past heavily screened UBC goaltender, Samantha Langford (1st, Pense, SK).
UBC had a great opportunity to tie the game late in the third period, when Jasmin Teske of Lethbridge was penalized for body checking. But despite some sustained pressure, the Thunderbirds could not score.
Just 34 seconds after Teske got out of the penalty box, the Pronghorns added an insurance goal, courtesy of Sadie Lenstra, at 19:46 of the third period.
Both teams went scoreless on the power play.
Lethbridge goaltender Crystal Patterson wasn’t particularly busy, but did block 19 UBC shots for the shutout victory.
Patterson’s best saves came three minutes into the second period when she stopped UBC’s Tatiana Rafter (2nd, Winnipeg, MB) on apoint-blank shot in front of the net and then stuffed Rafter again on the rebound.
Rebecca Unrau (1st, Humboldt, SK) then had a couple more chances on an ensuing scramble but was denied by Patterson.
Langford made 21 saves in her UBC debut and was praised by her coach.
“Samantha was certainly our best player tonight,” said Rawson. "She kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win it.”
UBC and Lethbridge will meet again on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.
“I think we’ll be better tomorrow, especially in the mental part of the game,” said Rawson after Friday’s loss. “A lot of the first-year players might have been slightly nervous tonight. It will be good for them tomorrow to have had a game under their belts.”
Source: UBC Sports Info