Women's hockey: Beating Pandas Augers well for Martlets

In women's hockey, it is more often than not McGill vs. Alberta, and the defending national champion Martlets struck for three quick goals on Sunday to beat the U of A 3-2 and win the Panda Presence tournament.

McGill got goals from Marie-Andrée Leclerc-Auger, Jordanna Perdoff and Alessandra Lind-Kenny in a three-minute, 17-second span of the first period, and hung on for its 23rd straight win.

Leclerc-Auger scoring is a big takeaway. A couple of U.S. college hockey forums note the 20-year-old, who played her CEGEP hockey at Collège St. Jérôme in Montreal, was expected to play big-time NCAA D1 hockey at either Minnesota or Minnesota-Duluth. There might have been a NCAA Clearinghouse issue, plus many Canadians have had visa problems. Either way, she's at McGill.

Stephanie Ramsay and veteran Tarin Podolski scored for the Pandas. Alberta is 6-2-0 thus far, with the lone loss coming against the Edmonton Chinos of WWHL.

(Incidentally, when will there be one women's hockey league for Ontario and Quebec, just like for the men? It's got to get old playing the same three teams — four once the U de Montréal gets going in 2009-10 — over and over in league play.
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