OTTAWA – Andrea Bevan scored the only goal of the contest as the No. 3 seeded Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks defeated the No. 6 Ottawa Gee Gee’s 1-0 in front of 509 fans at the smart Canada CIS women’s ice hockey championships.
Bevan, from Collingwood, Ont. and a participant on the under-22 team that competed in Germany this past January, netted her second of the post season as the Hawks picked up their first win of the championship tournament.
The goal was put by Ottawa net-minder Jessika Audet’s glove side after a rebound from Katherine Shirriff (Carrying Place, Ont.).
After a tough first period for the Hawks, the team regrouped in the dressing room and proceeded to fire 20 shots on goal in the remaining 40-minutes of play.
“They are a tough team and they were playing for their life today,” commented head coach RICK OSBORNE on the quality of play from the Ottawa bench. “Knox held us in there when we had some jitters tonight.”
Knox faced 19 in the contest and picked up her third shutout of this post-season. She led the province with seven shutouts in the regular season, second in the nation only to Charline Labonte of McGill.
“I tried to keep my focus tonight, even when we were a little scrambled in the first,” commented Knox after the contest. “The penalties later in the game gave me some pressure but I like it and hopefully I can use it constructively as we look to our next game.”
Wilfrid Laurier now has four CIS Championship tournament shutouts in the 11 year history of the nationals.
“Ottawa came out gunning in this game,” commented team captain Lauren Meschino on the challenge the Gee Gees posed to the Hawks. “They worked us hard and now we’ll be prepared now for Alberta who we faced earlier this season.”
Ottawa is now 0-3 in the CIS championships against the Golden Hawks with the other two losses coming in March of 2004 (4-3) and March of 2007 (5-0). The Gee Gee's have yet to score a goal in this season's National Championship tournament.
Laurier saw the Golden Bears over the holiday break in the Gryphon Invitational. Defenseman Kate Psota scored the game winner in that 3-2 contest while Knox stopped 14 shots on net.
The No. 3 Golden Hawks next face the No. 2 Alberta Pandas on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the uOttawa Sports Complex. The winner of the contest will advance to the gold medal contest on Monday at 7:00 p.m. while the loser will go to the bronze at 2:00 p.m.
Laurier 1 vs Ottawa 0
Mar 8, 2008 – CIS Championship Tournament Game #4
Penalties – A. Bevan WLU (tripping) 4:18, J. Levac OTT (holding) 8:00, C. Breukelman OTT (hooking) 14:13
1. Laurier, A. Bevan (1) (K. Shirriff, D. DiFelice) 2:03
Penalties – C. Bean OTT (tripping) 4:00, A. Burrill OTT (roughing) 9:39, K. Psota WLU (hooking) 14:27, A. Ironside WLU (boarding) 15:44, K. Powers WLU (body contact) 17:59,
Penalties – H. Fortuna WLU (slashing) 1:41, K. Shirriff WLU (hooking) 5:03, M. Snowden OTT (interference) 7:28, M. Duhamel OTT (hooking) 8:41, V. Bennett WLU (high sticking) 15:45
WLU Shots: 7 10 10 TOTAL: 27
OTT Shots: 7 5 7 TOTAL: 19
Power Play Conversion
Laurier 0-5. Ottawa 0-6.
Laurier - Knox 1-0 Min: 60:00 SV: 19 GA: 0 [W]
Ottawa - Audet 0-2 Min: 58:44 SV: 26 GA: 1 [L]
Ottawa – TEAM Min: 1:16 SV: 0 FA: 0 [-]