Women's Hockey Roundup - Week 9

The #6 Brock Badgers were able to continue on their impressive season as they knocked off the #2 Laurier Golden Hawks in a shootout win on the road Sunday.

Beth Clause was the major difference in the game between the pipes for the Badgers, as she gave up just one goal on 32 shots in the game.

Karolyn McIlmoyle opened the scoring for Brock in the first period when she beat Laurier's Liz Knox.

Laurier tied things up in the second, however, when Katherine Shiriff scored on the powerplay to pick up her sixth goal on the year.

Overtime couldn't solve anything, so the two teams headed to a shootout, where the goalies shined.

Neither team was able to score through the first three rounds, as Clause and Knox stole the show in the shootout. In the fourth round, though, Jessica Fickel scored for Brock while Laurier's Andrea Shapero couldn't net a response, giving Brock the gritty 2-1 victory, and solidifying their position as a legitimate contender for this year's championship.

Elsewhere Around the Top Ten

#1 McGill Martlets
Despite giving up the opening goal in their game against Concordia, McGill was able to finish off their pre-holiday schedule undefeated as they downed the Stingers 4-1.

#2 Laurier Golden Hawks
In Laurier's other game of the weekend, they hosted their rival, the #8 Guelph Gryphons. Laurier took the Gryphons with relative ease in a game that saw Guelph make trip after trip to the penalty box, and in the end the Golden Hawks came out with a 4-1 victory.

#6 Brock Badgers
In addition to their thrilling shootout win over Laurier, Brock also faced the Waterloo Warriors this weekend, in a game that they should have won big. The Warriors fought hard though and were able to keep it close, but in the end a first-period goal by Jessica Fickel was enough to give the Badgers a 1-0 win.

#8 Guelph Gryphons
After losing to Laurier, the Gryphons took on the Waterloo Warriors in a game that saw Guelph pick up 45 shots on net. Tayne Hewer scored twice for the Gryphons, who were victorious by a 4-1 final.

#9 Windsor Lancers
Windsor struggled last weekend, suffering losses in both of their games and allowing eight goals in doing so. Their first match-up saw them get shutout by the Queen's Gaels 3-0, while the next night they traveled to Oshawa where the UOIT Ridgebacks downed the Lancers 5-3.

Both Canada West and Atlantic University Sport had finished up their first-semester seasons before this week.

Updated Top 10 As of Dec 7 (Record) [Previous Ranking]
1. McGill Martlets (10-0-0) [1]
2. Laurier Golden Hawks (15-1-1) [2]
3. St. FX X-Women (10-0-0) [3]
4. Manitoba Bisons (9-3-1) [4]
5. Alberta Pandas (8-3-3) [5]
6. Brock Badgers (14-2-0) [6]
7. Calgary Dinos (9-4-0) [7]
8. Guelph Gryphons (10-4-2) [8]
9. Moncton Aigles Bleues (9-2-1) [10]
10. Windsor Lancers (8-8-0) [9]
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