Laurier: 2 CIS Championships - Alberta: 4
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OTTAWA – The #3 ranked University of Alberta Pandas are proceeding to the CIS national championship after doubling up the #2 ranked Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 4-2 in the second pool play game.
Laurier will now advance to the bronze medal game and face Manitoba. The team was last in the third place game back in 1999 where they lost to Toronto 1-0 in their first national championship series appearance.
The Golden Hawks couldn’t contain the University of Alberta special teams as they dominated. Of a total of six power plays through the night – the Pandas were able to capitalize on three of them.
Four different members of Pandas scored their goals as they went up four to nothing over two periods of play. The secod and third goals came less than a minute apart in the middle of the second.
"They moved the puck well and capitalized on every chance they had," commented forth year veteran Laurissa Kenworthy
on the Alberta offense.
scored the first Golden Hawk marker late in the second on the power play. Lauren Meschino
added the final goal midway through the third to finish off scoring in the contest.
"Alberta is very skilled and fast, unlike any team we have seen this year in the OUA," said Aiston post-game. "We really missed some chances which could have changed the momentum of the game."
After the third Alberta goal, Head Coach RICK OSBORNE
made the decision to switch net-minders from Morgan Wielgosz
to rookie Lix Knox. The pair has split the season. "It was tough to make the change since Morgan has been on a good run this year," commented Osborne. "But the quality of Liz Knox
this year made it a little easier in the end."
Wielgosz faced 16 shots, stopping 13 - leaving Knox with the final eight and one goal against. Holly Tarleton saw 19 shots through the game.
Reflecting on the game and season RICK OSBORNE
said "I think we had some nerves today and weren’t able to finish but we have three really classy players graduating and I think our team can hold their heads high reflecting on this season. We’ve still got one game left."
Canadian Interuniversity Sport league most valuable player Lindsay McAlpine was held to a single assist as her teammates scored all four goals for the defending national champions.
The Golden Hawks (1-1) will now face the Manitoba Bisons (1-1) on Monday at 2:00 p.m. in the bronze medal game. The game will be webcast live on www.ssncanada.ca
Wilfrid Laurier 2, Alberta 4
1. ALB - London (Donahue) 4:48 (PP)
WLU-Meschino (Hooking) 3:16, ALB-Newton (Hooking) 19:46
2. ALB – Barry (unassisted) 10:10
3. ALB – Barber (McAlpine) 11:30 (PP) (GWG)
4. ALB – Podloski (Reeve) 14:36 (PP)
5. WLU – Aiston (Psota) 18:47 (PP)
ALB-Kolopenuk (Hooking) 0:50, ALB-Podloski (Body Checking) 2:01, WLU-Bennett (Tripping) 4:14, WLU-Ironside (Holding) 10:42, WLU-Bevan (Interference) 14:26, ALB-Reeve (Roughing) 18:26
6. WLU – Meschino (Ironside, McMillin) 13:09
ALB-Bevan (Interference) 2:24, WLU-Heslin (Interference) 10:31, ALB-Barber (Roughing) 13:52, WLU-Barch (Tripping) 19:54
Shots on Goal (1-2-3=T)
Wilfrid Laurier 3-8-8=19
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