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Laurier: 1 CIS Championships - Gold - McGill: 3

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ANTIGONISH, N.S. – The McGill Marlets claimed their second straight CIS championship in women’s hockey with a 3-2 victory over the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks at Keating Millennium Centre.

In the last five years the Golden Hawks have claimed one national gold medal and three silver medals at the CIS tourney.

“It was an unfortunate result, but McGill had an edge in goaltending tonight and their big defence was really good.” commented head coach RICK OSBORNE on losing his second straight gold medal game to the Marlets. “Our goal is to be back here trying again next year.”

Laurier opened the match with enthusiasm, penning McGill in their own zone for a time. However, the Marlets were the first on the score board when Ann-Spohie Bettez (Sept-Iles, Que.) broke into the Laurier zone and beat the Hawks defender before wiring a shot to the net. McGill seemed to settle down once the goal was scored and played more confidently throughout the rest of the match.

The Martlets would get their second marker of the game when two Hawks collided deep in their zone and went down in a heap. The mix-up freed up Alessandra Lind-Kenny (Calgary, Alta.) who put the puck over Liz Knox’s (Stouffville, Ont.) glove hand and in the net.

McGill scored their third of the game on their fifth power play of the evening. With Heather Fortuna (Kitchener, Ont.) in the box, the Martlets gained the zone and got the puck deep. Then Marie-Andree Leclerc-Auger(Sherbrooke, Que.) came up with it from a battle on the boards and slipped in front of the net and fired a shot that beat Knox.

Lauren Barch (Burlington, Ont.) would end Charline Labonte’s (Boisbriand) shutout bid with eight minutes left in the match. Andrea Ironside (Collingwood, Ont.) broke up the ice and headed to the net, passing the puck to Barch. The tournaments leading scorer made no mistake and scored her second of the championship.

The Golden Hawks would then get into penalty trouble late in the period, having to kill off a 5-on-3 before pulling Knox for a last ditch attempt, but it was not enough.

Carline Labote turned aside 11 of 12 shots for the win while Laurier’s Liz Knox faced 28 and turned away 25 for the loss.

McGill went 1 for 7 with the man-advantage while the Golden Hawks were unable to capitalize on their four power play opportunities.

Andrea Ironside was named a tournament all-star, compiling four goals and three assists, including a hat-trick against Moncton.

The team will graduate two time OUA MVP Andrea Bevan (Collingwood, Ont.), former OUA MVP Lauren Barch and defenseman Allison Williams (Whitby, Ont.).

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