[Waterloo, ON] – Riding the momentum of yesterday’s upset victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues in the Semi-Final; the Women’s hockey team won the OUA Championship this afternoon, beating the Queen's Golden Gaels 3-1, in an exciting championship game.
It would not be a great start for the Hawks though. Two minutes into the first period, a light floater by Golden Gael forward Mindy Casselman (Belleville, ON) handcuffed Hawk goaltender Emily Stein
(Nepean, ON) as she could not recover the rebound as Chaisson hit the top of the net, making it 1-0 Queen’s. This did not appear to be a good omen as the Golden Gaels are 12-1-0 when Chaisson scores a goal. The action in the first period was end-to-end with both teams exchanging scoring chances in the first. But no other scoring would occur, as the Gaels held the lead after the first 20 minutes
For a large part of the second period, the Hawks dominated the offensive zone, controlling the puck and creating numerous good scoring chances, however the Hawks could not cash in, both on the power play and at even strength. Queen’s goaltender Caroline Hare (Avonmore, ON) made many key saves to keep the Gaels afloat, and maintaining their slim one goal lead heading into the third period.
The Hawks would finally get on the board at 7:17 of the third period. Spurred by a three-on-two rush, a strong push to the net by the line of Candice Djukic
(Binbook, ON), Lyndsey Parissenti
(Sault Ste. Marie, ON), and Merrit Blundy (Oakville, ON) resulted in Djukic receiving a Parissenti pass, which she tipped in on her backhand to tie the game at one. About a minute and a half later at 8:55, the women would take a 2-1 lead. After blocking a Gaels shot in her own end, Djukic raced away all alone on the break and made a couple good dekes to beat Hare, who appeared to make the save initially, but the puck trickled in, giving the Hawks the lead. At the 15 minute mark, it would be Djukic striking yet again, completing the hat trick. Djukic on an amazing individual effort, broke away from her defender, cut in front of the net, and slid the puck past the outstretched Hare. Stein was solid down the stretch making 19 saves on 20 shots.
The Pioneer Players of the game were Djukic for the Golden Hawks and Chaisson for the Golden Gaels. ”The key to today’s victory and the turnaround of the team this year, was the efforts of the 17 players that really helped each other out”, says head coach RICK OSBORNE
, “they were patient with the game plan and it proved victorious”.
The Golden Hawks advance to the CIS championships in Montreal next weekend.
1.QU-Chaisson (Casselmen) 2:14
2.LA-Djukic (Parissenti, Blundy) 7:17
4.LA-Djukic (Parissenti) 15:28
Shots on Goal
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Sports Information Director
Wilfrid Laurier University
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Head Coach Women's Hockey
Wilfrid Laurier University
(519) 884-0710 ext 2182