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Laurier: 2 CIS Championships - Bronze - Manitoba: 3

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OTTAWA – The Manitoba Bisons defeated the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 3-2 to claim the bronze in the medal round of the 2006-07 women’s hockey national championships.

The Hawks conclude their sixth appearance in the program’s short history with a fourth place finish. The team last placed fourth on their first appearance back in 1998/99.

"We’re leaving empty handed but with a tournament full of experience for our first and second year players," commented head coach RICK OSBORNE. "These are the kind of things that show you the character in your team when they play in tough situations."

Stephanie Messner of the Bisons scored the game winner with less than three-minutes remaining in regulation time. The fourth year centre scored her third goal of the national championship tournament with a lot of traffic in front of netminder Liz Knox.

Liz Knox backstopped the purple and gold stopping 19 of the 22 shots on net. Her counterpart Stacey Corfield stopped 18 of 20 shots including a lot of pressure late in the game.

The two teams traded goals in the first and second with each team picking up a power play marker.

Captain and fourth year veteran Laurissa Kenworthy scored the pair of goals for the purple and gold. The goals were her second and third of the national tournament.

"We lacked the intensity in the first two periods of the game," commented veteran Fiona Aiston who may have played her last game in the purple and gold amongst others Laurissa Kenworthy and Jen Heslin. "They caught some good bounces in the third period."

There were a total of 23 penalties in the contest with 12 for the Hawks allowing for very little five-on-five competition.

"Bouncing back has never affected this team," commented Osborne. "We hadn’t lost two [games] in a row until now. I didn’t expect it today and it is the wrong time of the year to do it but it gives us incentive to get motoring for the next time we’re here."

Wilfrid Laurier 2, Manitoba 3

First Period
1. MAN – Schnell (O’Rourke) 1:26
2. WLU – Kenworthy (Psota) 14:39 PP

MAN – Braun (Interference) 1:26; WLU – Crarey (High Sticking) 4:05; WLU – Bartolini (Tripping) 4:27; WLU – Judges (Tripping) 12:11; MAN – Ross (Body check) 13:27; WLU – Bennett (Roughing) 19:36; MAN – Stebeleski (Slashing) 19:36.

Second Period
3. MAN – Kisil (Stebeleski) 6:41 PP
4. WLU – Kenworthy (unassisted) 17:16

MAN – Ross (Body check) 1:01; WLU – Weber (Hooking) 3:55; WLU – Bartolini (Body check) 6:15; MAN – Hoogsteen (Tripping) 9:23; WLU – Ironside (Slashing) 13:18; MAN – Braun (Interference) 14:33; WLU – Weber (Intereference) 16:29; MAN – Team (Too many men on ice) 16:37; WLU – Bennett (Tripping) 19:18

Third Period
5. MAN – Messner (Stebeleski) 17:21

MAN – Ross (Tripping) 1:20; MAN - O'Rourke (Body check) 10:54; WLU – Crarey (Tripping) 13:21; Crarey (Unsportsmanlike Conduct) 13:21; MAN – Braun (Hooking) 14:53; WLU – Judges (Slashing) 18:30; WLU – Di Felice (Tripping) 19:21.

Manitoba 6-6-10=22
Wilfrid Laurier 7-11-4=22
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