CIS women's hockey Sunday roundup: Dodd-Moher's 42 save shutout pushes Gaels past No.10 Toronto
Photo credit Ian MacAlpine
|Mount Allison||4||St. Thomas||1||Final||Box Score|
|Dalhousie||2||UPEI||3||Final - OT||Box Score|
OTTAWA - The Gee-Gees offense generated plenty of scoring opportunities on Sunday afternoon, but one chance too many was squandered as the Montreal Carabins scored a late goal to take a 4-3 win. A second period lapse in an otherwise disciplined game by the Gee-Gees let Montreal back in the game after the Gee-Gees had taken a 2-0 lead.
“We had too many opportunities that we couldn’t finish,” commented a visibly frustrated Yanick Evola after the game, “Some lines did a great job, but even if you’re making great plays you need to finish those plays. I think we should have scored more goals tonight. If we put a couple more in this would have been an easy win.”
The goals the Gee-Gees did score were impressive, and showed off the skill of many of the team’s younger players. On the first goal of the game first year Valerie Watson (St-Hyacinthe, Que.) danced in from the blue line, making a series of moves to work her way to the front of the net, and went top shelf for her fourth goal of the season.
Next, Fannie Desforges (Fournier, Ont.), whose speed had been causing the Carabins problems throughout the first period, took a pass from in the neutral zone and was able to out-skate her defender by going to the outside. She then slid the puck over to Jessica Bouchard (Montreal, Que.) on the doorstep and after a scrum in front of the net Asha Kauffeldt (Quadeville, Ont.) stuffed the puck over the line.
The Carabins pulled within one with a power play goal on a re-directed point shot midway through the second, but the Gee-Gees quickly capitalized on a power play opportunity of their own. Watson, alone at the centre of the blueline, fed the puck down to Desforges who faked a shot and made a cross-ice pass to Carling Chown (Creston, B.C.) who one-timed a strong shot into the back of the net.
Montreal drew even after a long possession in the Gee-Gees’ zone had the exhausted Ottawa players unable to clear the puck. However, Ottawa looked strong in killing off a couple of penalties late in the second period to keep the score knotted at 3-3.
Stéphanie Mercier (Smooth Rock Falls, Ont.) made a big glove save on a Montreal 2-on-1 with 12 minutes to go, and the game appeared headed to overtime as the teams played an evenly matched third period. However, Montreal’s Edith Aubert-Lehoux, scored the game winner on a shot from the blue line which flipped up and over Mercier’s shoulder after the Carabins won a face-off in the Ottawa zone. Desforges drew a tripping penalty trying to break into the Montreal zone, giving the Gee-Gees a final 6-on-4chance with the net empty, but the Gees’ best scoring chance was blocked by the Carabins, who held on for the victory.
The Gee-Gees remain in fourth place heading into the final weekend of the regular season schedule.
Source: Ottawa Sports Info
TORONTO - A 42 save shutout from Mel Dodd-Moher of Stittsville, Ont., gave the Queen's Gaels ( 14-9-3) the backstopping they needed to top the No. 10 Toronto Varsity Blues (15-10-1) by a 3-0 score.
The Gaels found consistent offence in this game as they tallied a goal each period en route to the win. Brittany McHaffie of Guelph, Ont., struck first for Queen's with a power play goal at the 2:59 mark of the first period to set the tone for the game. Despite being outshot 16-13, the Gaels held the Varsity Blues to an 0/4 performance on the power play in the first to head into the intermission with the 1-0 lead.
Katie Duncan of Waterloo, Ont., netted the Gaels their second power play goal of the game in the second period as she took a feed from Morgan McHaffie of Guelph, Ont., and beat Toronto goaltender Krista Funke of Regina to double the Gaels lead. It was Duncan's second power play goal in as many games as she netted one on Saturday night against the Ryerson Rams. The second period didn't have as much offence between the two teams as the Varsity Blues narrowly outshot the Gaels by a 6-5 margin.
The third period saw the Varsity Blues direct a lot of pucks at Dodd-Moher during their two power play opportunities. The Gaels goaltender was up to the task, as she made 20 saves in the third and final frame. Her performance was enough to give the Gaels the chances they needed at the other end of the rink as Brittany netted her second goal of the game - an unassisted effort - at the 14:08 mark of the third to seal the Gaels victory.
Funke was solid in goal for the Varsity Blues but couldn't match Dodd-Moher save for save. Toronto's netminder stopped 22 of 25 Queen's shots on goal. The Gaels special teams were in fine form on the afternoon, as their penalty killing held Toronto to an 0/7 performance with the power play. Queen's was solid with a Toronto player in the box as the Gaels went 2/5 on the power play.
In addition to Dodd-Moher, the Gaels received solid performances from Brittany and Morgan McHaffie who combined for three points with Brittany's two goals and Morgan's single assist. They will both finish the season among the top OUA scorers as Morgan led the Gaels with 38 points in 25 games while Brittany recorded 25 points in 23 games. Taryn Pilon of Peterborough, Ont., and Mary Coughlin of Amherstburg, Ont., both put the wraps on solid rookie campaigns with points in the season finale. Pilon recorded two power play assists against Toronto while Couglin had a single helper.
The Gaels will now take on the York Lions in the first round of the OUA playoffs.
Source: Queen's Sports Info
|Guelph||1||Waterloo||2||Final - OT||Box Score|
The Waterloo women's hockey team wrapped up their 2011-12 season on a winning note as they topped the Guelph Gryphons 2-1 in overtime.
Unfortunately for the Warriors the two points weren't enough as Western defeated York 4-1 and eliminated their playoff hopes. Waterloo finished tied for eighth with Brock at 25 points each but the Badgers won the tie-breaker with more wins on the season.
The defensive battle came to a close with only 29 seconds remaining in the overtime period as Emma McMillan (Hastings) netted a perfect pass from Kelly MacLean (St. George) to cap off a very successful season.
The win gave Waterloo a 10-11-5 record on the season while the Gryphons finished 18-6-2, good for second place overall and will face the Windsor Lancers in the first round of the OUA playoffs.
Waterloo opened the scoring with only seven seconds remaining in the first period as Kelly Toms (Ennismore) chipped in a forehand past the glove of Guelph goalie Brooke Siddall (Windsor, Ont.). The goal came off a broken play as Kate Wagner (Sauble Beach) fired the puck on net and it deflected off Jessica Tracey (Woodslee) right on to the stick of Toms.
Both teams tightened up for the remainder of the game before Guelph found the equalizer with only 37 seconds left in the game as Kaitlyn Mora (Guelph, Ont.) banged home a deflected point shot by Jacky Sollis (West Vancouver, B.C.) past Rebecca Bouwhuis (Orillia).
Bowhuis capped off her stellar rookie campaign with a 30 save performance for the win while Siddall was just as busy allowing just two goals on 33 shots.
The Warriors have a lot to be proud of in a turn around season with a bright future ahead. Head coach Shaun Reagan was extremely proud of the effort by his girls and would also like to wish all of his graduating seniors success in their future endeavors. Those graduating seniors are: Caitlin Brydges (Ariss), Julia Endicott (Toronto), Sarah Endicott (Toronto) and Elizabeth Baverstock (Cambridge), who were all honoured prior to the game.
Source: Waterloo Sports Info
OTTAWA - The Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team kept their winning streak against the Concordia Stingers alive, taking a 3-0 victory on the road Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Ravens finished the season series with a perfect 5-0 record against the Stingers and guaranteed a third-place finish in the RSEQ standings.
Carleton exploded for three unanswered goals in the second period. Kristen MacDonald (Osgoode, Ont.) opened the scoring nearly four minutes into the period before Kelsey VanderVeen (Lucknow, Ont.) doubled Carleton’s lead 30 seconds later.
Sadie Wegner (Pembroke, Ont.) would wrap up the scoring with five minutes to go in the frame to seal the win.
Tamber Tisdale (Red Deer, Alta.) had yet another strong game between the pipes for the Ravens, making 30 saves for the shutout.
The Ravens are next in action on Saturday, Feb. 18 when they travel across the city to face off against the uOttawa Gee-Gees. Puck drop is at 2 p.m.
Source: Carleton Sports Info
REGINA - The University of Regina's women's hockey team had a comeback come up just short on Sunday afternoon in a 3-2 loss to the No. 7-ranked Alberta Pandas at The Co-operators Centre.
The win leapfrogs Alberta (14-3-7) past Saskatchewan in the Canada West standings with the conference schedule now complete, and the Pandas will host the Huskies next weekend in a best-of-three Canada West semifinal series.
Alberta got on the scoreboard just over 30 seconds into the first when Karla Bourke deflected Sarah Hilworth's centering pass between the legs of Cougar goalie Lisa Urban. The Pandas struck again less than three minutes later on a wraparound by Katie Stewart to take an early two-goal lead.
The Cougars had a pair of breakaways in the first period, but Alberta veteran goalie Kaitlyn Chapman stopped breakaways by both Rianne Wight and Paige Wheeler.
Alberta added to its lead midway through the second on a nice passing play that was started by Nicole Pratt and finished by Hilworth. Hilworth had her second straight two-point game for Alberta, giving her a total of 29 on the season.
The Cougars scored twice before the midway mark of the third period to draw to within one, as Paige Wheeler connected for her 10th and 11th goals of the season. The U of R successfully killed off a lengthy 5-on-3 and pressed for the equalizer, but the Cougars weren't able to break through despite pulling Urban with over a minute and a half left and going on a late power play after an Alberta hooking penalty.
Regina finishes the season with a 7-15-2 conference record and in fifth place in the Canada West standings.
Alberta and Saskatchewan start their semifinal series on Feb. 17 in Edmonton.
NOTES: Stefanie Banilevic and Urban were both honoured before the game as the U of R's graduating fifth-year players ... Urban ends her career tied with Andrea Charanduk for the school's all-time lead in conference wins (30).
Source: Regina Sports Info