CIS women's hockey Friday roundup: Offence explodes as Hawks defeat Ryerson
Photo credit Trevor Mahoney
KINGSTON, Ont. - Despite a tough second period the Queen's Gaels
(9-3-2) found a way to beat the UOIT Ridgebacks (5-10-0) at the
Memorial Centre on Friday night.
Source: Queen's Sports Info
The 11 goals matches a team record for most goals in a game tying the mark that was set on two previous occasions.
Laurier's offensive prowess was on display from the opening faceoff as the team jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first period. The Hawks would stretch their lead to six after two periods of play before netting give more goals in the final period to round out the scoring.
In total, 14 different players had at least one point in game with Devon Skeats of Whitby, Ont., Laura Brooker of Fergus, Ont., and Caitlin Muirhead of Waterloo, Ont., leading the way with three points each.
"I was really happy with the team's play tonight because our focus was on technical skills and habits coming into this game," commented Head Coach Rick Osborne following the win. "I think our habits stayed strong right to the end."
The game was also a milestone for two Laurier rookies as Jessie Hurrell of Palgrave, Ont., and Haley Baxter of Waterloo, Ont., both notched their first career OUA goals in the victory.
"I was really happy for Hurrell and Baxter," continued Osborne. "Hurrell came in injured (to training camp) and Baxter has been working so hard right through the summer and was quite the surprise at training camp. They're working so hard to make the transition from junior hockey to the OUA."
Another rookie also continued to shine for the Hawks as netminder Erika Thunder of Buffalo Point, Man., won her fifth straight game, making all 12 saves to earn her second shutout of the season.
Laurier will now get a day off on Saturday before hosting the Toronto Varsity Blues in their final game of 2011 on Sunday evening. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Source: Laurier Sports Info
EDMONTON - Senior rearguard Nicole Pratt scored both goals for the No.8 Alberta Pandas in a 2-0 win over the defending Canada West champion Manitoba Bisons, extending Alberta’s win streak to five games, Friday night at Clare Drake Arena in Edmonton.
Recording her first career CIS shutout was fifth-year netminder Kaitlyn Chapman, improving her season goals against average to 1.14, topping Canada West and placing second in CIS. Fourth-year forward Sarah Hilworth and senior defender Andrea Boras each added two assists.
Third-year goalie Tara Lacquette made 19 saves in the loss for the Bisons.
High Prairie, AB native Pratt put the home team on the scoreboard at the 11:26 mark of the opening frame when she took a Hilworth pass at the point and fired a howitzer past Lacquette’s left side on the power-play.
Fellow teammate and defenseman Kayla Lavallee almost doubled the score with five minutes left in the first when her shot deflected off the Manitoba ‘keeper but landed on top of the net.
Pratt would increase the Pandas’ lead herself in the second, however, finding a lane in the slot and receiving another Hilworth pass before potting the puck through the five-hole at 6:59.
With her second assist, Vancouver native Hilworth vaulted past Manitoba’s Nellie Minshull for fourth in the conference scoring race, now with 14 points in 13 games this season.
The former Pacific Steeler is also making her way up the Pandas’ all-time conference scoring list, cracking the top 15 with 76 points in 83 games.
Alberta finished the night with two goals on four power-play attempts while Manitoba went 0-3.
The 7-1-5 Pandas and 6-5-2 Bisons face off in game two of their weekend series tomorrow night at 7:00 PM MT.
Source: Alberta Sports Info
LETHBRIDGE – The Lethbridge Pronghorns moved into a second place tie in Canada West Friday night, with a 4-0 win over the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.
Rookies Sadie Lenstra and Kirsten Reeves led the scoring for Lethbridge, each earning three points on the night. Lenstra scored two goals while Reeves and teammate Chelsea Minor added the other two for the 'Horns.
Lethbridge net-minder, Crystal Patterson, registered her second consecutive shutout (5th of the season), stopping all 24 shots she faced, while UBC's Samantha Langford stopped 28 of 32.
The hometown 'Horns came out flying and it was a literally a matter of seconds before Lenstra opened the scoring, driving through the middle and sneaking the puck in low, past an unsuspecting Langford, only 19-seconds in.
The T-Birds struggled to generate many offensive chances and as the first period drew to a close, the shots on goal dramatically favored the home team, 13-5.
UBC found life in the second and after a relatively quiet first frame, Lethbridge net-minder, Crystal Patterson, would be put to the test; facing 9 shots from the surging T-Birds who were eager to even things up at one a piece.
Building on her impressive rookie campaign, Reeves, had other plans. Fighting to maintain position on the doorstep, her initial scoring chance was swiftly denied by the keeper, but her tenacity paid off, as she corralled the loose puck and buried her fifth of the season, making it 2-0 'Horns.
Riding the momentum of the second goal and looking to break away, the 'Horns wouldn't let up offensively and would capitalize on both of their power play opportunities in the third. Taking a pass from lead scorer Shelby Ballendine, Minor would find the back of the net at 9:08, while Lenstra would add her second of the night, under a minute later, beating Langford stick to increase the differential to four.
With this win, Lethbridge continues their resurgence in the conference, improving to 9-4-0 and tied for second in a three-way battle with Calgary Dinos and Saskatchewan Huskies for second behind the Alberta Pandas. Meanwhile the T-Birds fall to 1-10-2. Game two of the weekend series goes tomorrow night at Nicholas Sheran Arena – puck drops at 7:00pm. The game will also be streamed online at www.canadawest.tv
Source: Lethbridge Sports Info