St. FX Needs Overtime To Take Down Tigers
In a thrilling contest this weekend, the (#3) St. FX X-Women needed overtime to knock off the unranked Dalhousie Tigers.
Robin Mullen opened up the scoring for Dalhousie on a powerplay marker in the first period, to send the game into intermission with a 1-0 score in favour of the Tigers.
St. FX came back hard in the second, though, as Suzanne Fenerty notched a powerplay marker to tie things up. Erin Brophy then swung the lead in the X-Women’s favour just five minutes later, with an unassisted marker, to give St. FX the lead heading into the second intermission, 2-1.
Dalhousie refused to give up, however, and Laura Shearer tied the game up on a goal from Jocelyn LeBlanc and Brooklynn Winch, eleven minutes into the period. Shearer then scored again on the powerplay just four and a half minutes later, giving the Tigers the late lead.
With just fifty seconds left in the period, Janelle Parent played hero for the X-Women, tying things up, and sending the game to overtime. Then, just under two minutes into the extra frame, Brophy scored her second of the game to lift the X-Women to a 4-3 victory over the Tigers.
Ashley Boutlier was named the second star of the game for her performance in nets for Dalhousie. She faced 50 shots in the contest, and did all she could to try to give the Tigers the victory by making 46 saves. Kristy Garrow stopped 22 of 25 shots in the contest to pick up the win.
The win puts St. FX at 5-0 on the season, while Dalhousie falls to 4-2-1.
Elsewhere Around The CIS
(#1) McGill made easy work of Carleton this weekend, picking up a 6-1 victory over the Ravens. Martlets captain Cathy Chartrand scored twice, while Charline Labonte made 22 saves to help extend McGill’s winning streak to 86 over Quebec University Hockey League opponents.
The (#2) Laurier Golden Hawks handed their cross-town rival Waterloo Warriors a big loss, as the Golden Hawks scored six times in a shutout victory Saturday. Laura Brooker, who now has six goals on the year, was one of six different players to score in the 6-0 Laurier victory. Laurier goalie Liz Knox recorded her third shutout of the season, as she made 23 saves in the win.
In what was expected to be a tightly contested weekend set, the (#5) Manitoba Bisons stormed into Regina to face the (#10) Regina Cougars and handed the home side two big losses. Jordyn Hrehirchuk was credited with the official game winner in the first game, as she and four other Bison players scored on their way to a 5-1 victory.
Despite giving up the early lead to Regina on a goal by Kendra Finch, Manitoba answered back quickly and often, and really utilized their powerplay opportunities, as they were 3-7 in the game, compared to Regina, who was 0-6.
In the second game, the Bisons embarrassed Regina, winning by a final of 10-0, and breaking the school’s record for largest shutout victory, which was set just last weekend when they beat Lethbridge.
Kristy Majeran, Nellie Minshull and Rachele Bosc all scored twice for Manitoba, while Leitte Klassen saved the 19 shots she faced in the rout.
The (#6) Windsor Lancers lost both of their games in OUA competition over the weekend, expected to drop them in the rankings. Their first game saw them pick up a 3-0 shutout loss to the (#7) Guelph Gryphons, as the Gryphons netminder Danielle Skoufranis stopped the 26 shots Windsor fired at her.
Tori Woods, Erin Small, and Kaitlyn Mora all scored for the Gryphons, who gave Windsor just their second loss of the season.
In Windsor’s second game of the weekend, they were upset by the Brock Badgers, who managed to hold on to a 3-2 victory over the Lancers. After allowing the opening two goals, Badgers goalie Beth Clause shut down the Lancers offense, stopping 34 of 36 shots in the win.
After Candace Rapchak scored early in the second to increase Windsor’s lead to 2-0, it seemed that they would win the contest. But, three unanswered goals by Brock, including the game winner by Courtney Sutherland propelled the Badgers ahead of Windsor, both in the game and the standings. The loss extends Windsor’s losing streak to three.
In (#7) Guelph’s second game, they managed to pick up their second win and shutout of the weekend, handing the Western Mustangs a 2-0 loss. Olivia Ross kept Western in the game, making 44 saves on 46 shots, but the Mustang offense couldn’t get anything going, picking up just two shots through the first two frames.
Guelph’s Brooke Siddall did have to stop nine shots in the third on the way to her shutout, while Guelph’s offense came from goals by captain Tamara Bell and Jenna Lanzarotta, as the Gryphons downed the Mustangs.
The (#8) Calgary Dinos traveled to Saskatoon this weekend to face the Saskatchewan Huskies for a two-game set, in which the Huskies managed to steal both games.
Saskatchewan’s Breanne George scored all three goals in the Huskies 3-1 win in Friday’s game. Despite a third-period goal by Tanya Morgan, the Dinos could not rally, and fell to the unranked Huskies.
In the second game of the set, Saskatchewan scored three unanswered goals to come back against Calgary and pick up a 4-3 victory. After Erika Mitschke scored to extend the Dinos lead to 3-1 in the second period, it looked like the Dinos might have had the game in hand.
Back-to-back goals by Cara Wooster quickly tied things up, however, and then it was just a matter of time before George scored the winner early in the third. Mackenzie Rizos made an impressive 37 saves in the Huskies victory, while her counterpart Amanda Tapp made thirty for Calgary.
Hayley Wickenheiser was not in the lineup for Calgary in either game, marking the first games she’s missed of the season. Saskatchewan’s Breanne George was named the Canada West Player of the Week for her performance in the games.
In Saturday action, the Ottawa Gee-Gees scored three times in the first period, which was enough to hold on to a 3-2 victory over the (#9) Montreal Carabins.
Montreal simply could not capitalize on their powerplay opportunities, of which they had seven and scored zero times. Ottawa’s Stephanie Auger was busy in net, facing 38 shots as she picked up the victory. At the other end, Katrina Giuliani was pulled from the game after the third goal went in, but replacement Rachel Ouellette kept her team in it stopping all 26 shots she faced.
Blair Kitlar was the offensive star for Ottawa, picking up a point on every goal the Gee-Gees scored, with a goal and two assists.
#4 Alberta was not in action this weekend.