Martlets Need Overtime To Win, Continue Streak
Kim Ton-That scored a goal with under three minutes remaining to help the #1 McGill Martlets take the Montreal Carabins to overtime.
It was an exciting game between the two Montreal schools, and until Ton-That scored the game-tying marker, it appeared as though McGill's 86 game winning streak might be in jeopardy.
McGill played catch-up all game long, coming back from three deficits in the game, before claiming the victory in a shootout, to win by a final of 4-3, and move to 6-0 in Quebec league play.
It was a rare off-day for Martlets goalie Charline Labonte, who allowed three goals despite facing just eleven shots.
For Montreal, Cassandra Dupuis provided the offense, picking up all three goals in the game for the Carabins.
Elsewhere Around the CIS
The #2 Laurier Golden Hawks had a successful weekend at home, defeating both of the Toronto schools in OUA play. Despite being outshot 32-27 in their first game, the Golden Hawks managed to hang on and defeat the Toronto Varsity Blues by a 4-2 final. Liz Knox picked up the win, while Laura Brooker scored the winner.
In their second game, they blew out the York Lions by a score of 6-1. The Golden Hawks scored early and often, and had a five goal lead before ruining Knox's shutout. Brooker scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season, while Erin Weber notched her first on the year.
The #3 St. FX X-Women also went undefeated this weekend. Suzanne Fenerty scored in the third with under two minutes to go in the team's first game, to propel the X-Women 3-2 over the UPEI Panthers.
Mount Allison managed to keep themselves in their game against the X-Women thanks to goaltender Meghan Corley-Byrne. She faced 62 shots from St. FX in the contest, but allowed just two goals, keeping the Mounties in the game throughout. Catie Gavin scored the early winner for St. FX, as they went on to win 2-0.
The Regina Cougars were no match for the #4 Alberta Pandas in their two-game set this weekend, with Alberta outscoring their opponents 13-2 over the weekend. Melody Howard scored three goals and five points in the first game, as the Pandas went on to win 8-1.
In the second game, it was Sarah Hillworth who led the Pandas offense, scoring two goals and an assist, as the Cougars were downed 5-1.
The #5 Manitoba Bisons split their set with the #9 Calgary Dinos over the weekend. In the opening game of the set, Becca King managed to score the shootout winner in a thriller, to lead the Bisons to a 3-2 victory. It was a physical affair, as the two sides combined for 40 penalty minutes in the contest, however Manitoba managed to come out on top.
The second game also saw extra time, but this time the game went in favour of Calgary. Dinos goalie Amanda Tapp excelled in the contest, stopping 31 shots, and Erika Mitchke notched the overtime winner to give Calgary the 2-1 win, and snapped their 3-game losing streak in the process.
The #6 Guelph Gryphons had no troubles this weekend, coming away with two big games in their contests. They took UOIT to task in the first game, as both Jessica Zerafa and Kaitlyn Mora scored hat-tricks en route to a 9-3 victory.
Their second matchup pitted them against the Queen's Gaels, and this time it was Samantha Ryder providing the offense, as Guelph downed the Gaels by a 5-2 tally.
#7 Windsor played just one game this weekend, as they took on the Western Mustangs. Julie Hamilton scored twice for the Lancers, while Courtney Spoors notched her eighth of the season as Windsor went on to a easy 5-1 victory.
Cara Wooster scored twice as the #8 Saskatchewan Huskies downed the UBC Thunderbirds in their first meeting of the weekend, by a final tally of 5-2. The Huskies fell behind early, but four third-period goals helped lift them over the Thunderbirds.
They weren't so lucky in the second matchup between the two teams, however, as two third-period markers by Kelsey Kirkham and Tatiana Rafter for the Thunderbirds lifted them to a 3-1 victory over the Huskies, as the two teams split their series over the weekend.
The #10 Brock Badgers had the same weekend schedule as Guelph, and like the Gryphons picked up wins in both contests. In their first game, the Badgers needed overtime to defeat the UOIT Ridgebacks. Jessica Larabie was solid for the Ridgebacks, stopping 43 saves on 45 shots, but it wasn't enough, as Megan Keane scored the OT winner for the Badgers, giving them the 2-1 win.
In the second game, the Badgers' Leigh Vanderveen scored twice as the Badgers went on to defeat the Gaels by a 4-1 final.Beth Clause stopped 21 of the 22 shots she faced in the win, as the Badgers found themselves 2-0 in weekend action.
Ups and Downs
Guelph and Manitoba switched spots in the rankings, with Guelph taking the #5 spot and the Bisons falling to #6.
Brock and Saskatchewan also flip-flopped, as the Badgers leapfrogged Calgary to take the #8 spot, while the Huskies fell to the tenth spot.