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WHKY looks to mine CIS gold in Fredericton
WATERLOO, Ont. (March 11, 2014) - After a one year absence, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's hockey team will be making their 12th appearance at the 2014 Scotiabank CIS Championship, which gets underway on Thursday, March 13.

The Hawks, ranked No. 4 in Canada, enter the tournament, hosted by the St. Thomas University Tommies, as the second seed. Laurier will take on the fifth-seeded McGill Martlets to kick off the championship on Thursday at 1 p.m. EST at Grant-Harvey Arena in Fredericton, N.B. The game will be live streamed on CIS-SIC.tv.

Laurier and McGill are no strangers to each other on the national stage. Thursday's meeting will represent the sixth time that the two schools have squared off at the CIS Championship but it will be the first time since 2006 that the teams have met in pool play. All-time, the Martlets lead the Hawks with three wins in their previous five meeting, including defeating the purple and gold in the bronze medal game two years ago in Edmonton.

This season, Laurier and McGill have met once, facing each other in non-conference play prior to the regular season. In that game, the Martlets handed the Hawks a 5-3 loss in Montreal. The Hawks were led by team captain Laura Brooker of Fergus, Ont., scoring a pair of goals, and Danelle Im of Toronto, who provided the offence for the purple and gold.

For the Hawks, 13 players will make their debut at the CIS Championship this week but despite the lack of experience, Laurier enters the tournament coming out of arguably the toughest conference in the country. To win the OUA Championship, Laurier defeated two nationally ranked schools in Toronto and Queen's in the semifinals and finals, an experience that has proven the young team is battled-tested heading to Fredericton.

Despite their youth, the Hawks also have a solid core of veterans who know how to perform on the big stage. Highlighting the group are OUA All-Stars Candice Styles of Orangeville, Ont., and Brooker, along with proven playoff performers in Devon Skeats of Whitby, Ont., and Blair Connelly of Amherstburg, Ont. All four players have the ability to change the game on offence and defence, and they will be looked to by head coach RICK OSBORNE to lead his team this week.

Fans will be able to follow along with the Golden Hawks all week through various forms of media. All games during the championship will be live streamed on CIS-SIC.tv, with supporting live stats, while Golden Hawks media staff will live tweet the action from all the games on Twitter @WLUAthletics. Post-game highlights will also be posted to the Golden Hawks' YouTube account.

Outside of the games, defencemen Haley Baxter of Waterloo, Ont., and Lauren Blair of Burlington, Ont., will be blogging all about Laurier's experience in Fredericton via the Golden Hawks' Tumblr account. Content will also be posted to Laurier's Instagram page throughout the week to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the team and the #AskAHawk feature will also return to Twitter featuring Devon Skeats as her and her teammates aim to capture the second CIS Championship in team history.

Follow Women's Hockey on their quest for a CIS Championship:

Webcast/Live Stats - CIS-SIC.tv
Twitter - @WLUAthletics


TEAM PROFILES

No. 1 Montreal Carabins

Head Coach: Isabelle Leclaire (5th season)
Regular season record: 17-3-0
Regular season standing: 2nd RSEQ
Playoff record: 4-1
Playoff finish: RSEQ champions
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 23-6
Overall record vs. CIS championship teams: 5-5 (4-4 vs. McG, 1-1 WLU)
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 18): No. 1
Top 10 best ranking: No. 1 (3 weeks)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (16 polls): 16
Conference award winners: None
Conference 1st team all-stars: Elodie Rousseau-Sirois (G), Elizabeth Mantha (D), Ariane Barker (F)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Janique Duval (D), Kim Deschenes (F), Marion Allemoz (F)
Conference all-rookie team: Marie-Pier Chabot (G), Rika Pilon-Robert (F)
Season leaders (points): Ariane Barker (19 GP: 17-15-32), Kim Deschenes (20 GP: 13-17-30)
Season leader (goals): Ariane Barker, 17 (19 GP)
Season leader (assists): Maude Glinas, 18 (20 GP)
Season leader (No. 1 goalie): Elodie Rousseau-Sirois (14 GP, 11-3, 2.00 GAA, .934 SV%)
Team national ranking (offence): 1st (4.65) 
Team national ranking (defence): 10th (1.85)
CIS championship appearances: 4th    
CIS championship all-time record: 6-3 (.666)
CIS championship all-time medals: 2 (1-1-0)
CIS championship best result: 1-time champions (2013)
CIS championship last appearance: 2013 (champions)
CIS championship sequence: 3rd straight appearance (4th in 5-year history)

No. 2 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks

Head Coach: RICK OSBORNE (11th season)
Regular season record: 18-3-3
Regular season standing: 2nd OUA
Playoff record: 6-2
Playoff finish: OUA champions
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 31-11
Overall record vs. CIS championship teams: 1-2 (1-1 vs. MTL, 0-1 McG)
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 18): No. 4
Top 10 best ranking: No. 2 (1 week)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (16 polls): 16 
Conference award winners: None
Conference 1st team all-stars: Candice Styles (D)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Laura Brooker (F)
Conference all-rookie team: None
Season leaders (points): Laura Brooker (24 GP: 12-14-26), Tammy Freiburger (24 GP: 13-10-23)
Season leader (goals): Tammy Freiburger, 13 (24 GP)
Season leader (assists): Megan Howe, 15 (23 GP)
Season leader (No. 1 goalie): Amanda Smith (16 GP, 11-4, 1.63 GAA, .936 SV%)
Team national ranking (offence): 5th (3.50)
Team national ranking (defence): 8th (1.76)
CIS championship appearances: 11th 
CIS championship all-time record: 19-14 (.576)
CIS championship all-time medals: 6 (1-4-1)
CIS championship best result: 1-time champions (2005)
CIS championship last appearance: 2012 (4th place)
CIS championship sequence: Return after 1-year absence (10th appearance in 11 years)

No. 3 Moncton Aigles Bleues

Head Coach: Denis Ross (7th season)
Regular season record: 14-9-1
Regular season standing: 3rd AUS
Playoff record: 6-2
Playoff finish: AUS champions
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 23-16
Overall record vs. CIS championship teams: 4-2 (0-1 vs. McG, 4-1 vs. STU)
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 18): Unranked
Top 10 best ranking: Unranked all season
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (16 polls): 0
Conference award winners: Denis Ross (coach)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Marie-Pier Arsenault (F)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Gabrielle Forget (G)
Conference all-rookie team: Gabrielle Forget (G)
Season leaders (points): Marie-Pier Arsenault (24 GP: 10-9-19), Karine Roy (24 GP: 7-5-12)
Season leader (goals): Marie-Pier Arsenault, 10 (24 GP)
Season leader (assists): Marie-Pier Arsenault, 9 (24 GP)
Season leader (No. 1 goalie): Gabrielle Forget (15 GP, 9-5, 1.58 GAA, .931 SV%)
Team national ranking (offence): T18th (2.25)  
Team national ranking (defence): 5th (1.64)
CIS championship appearances: 3rd  
CIS championship all-time record: 3-3 (.500)
CIS championship all-time medals: 1 (0-1-0)
CIS championship best result: Bronze (2009)
CIS championship last appearance: 2009 (bronze)
CIS championship sequence: Return after 4-year absence

No. 4 Saskatchewan Huskies

Head Coach: Steve Kook (9th season)
Regular season record: 18-4-6
Regular season standing: 2nd Canada West
Playoff record: 4-2
Playoff finish: Canada West champions
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 24-12
Overall record vs. CIS championship teams: 0-0
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 18): No. 10
Top 10 best ranking: No. 8 (5 weeks)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (16 polls): 13
Conference award winners: Kaitlin Willoughby (rookie), Steve Kook (coach)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Cami Wooster (F)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Cassidy Hendricks (G), Julia Flinton (D)
Conference all-rookie team: Karen Lefsrud (G), Kaitlin Willoughby (F)
Season leaders (points): Cami Wooster (28 GP: 15-16-31), Kaitlin Willoughby (28 GP: 11-14-25)
Season leader (goals): Cami Wooster, 15 (28 GP)
Season leader (assists): Cami Wooster, 16 (28 GP)
Season leader (No. 1 goalie): Cassidy Hendricks (18 GP, 11-7, 1.77 GAA, .924 SV%)
Team national ranking (offence): 15th (2.50) 
Team national ranking (defence): 6th (1.64)
CIS championship appearances: 2nd   
CIS championship all-time record: 1-2 (.333)
CIS championship all-time medals: 0
CIS championship best result: 4th place (2004)
CIS championship last appearance: 2004 (4th place)
CIS championship sequence: Return after 9-year absence

No. 5 McGill Martlets

Head Coach: Peter Smith (14th season)
Regular season record: 18-2-0
Regular season standing: 1st RSEQ
Playoff record: 3-2
Playoff finish: RSEQ finalists
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 26-4
Overall record vs. CIS championship teams: 6-4 (4-4 vs. MTL, 1-0 WLU, 1-0 MCT)
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 18): No. 2
Top 10 best ranking: No. 1 (13 weeks)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (16 polls): 16 
Conference award winners: Katia Clement-Heydra (MVP), Peter Smith (coach)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Katia Clement-Heydra (F), Gabrielle Davidson (F)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Andrea Weckman (G), Brittney Fouracres (D), Leslie Oles (F)
Conference all-rookie team: None
Season leaders (points): Katia Clement-Heydra (20 GP: 13-27-40), Gabrielle Davidson (20 GP: 28-6-34)
Season leader (goals): Gabrielle Davidson, 28 (20 GP)
Season leader (assists): Katia Clement-Heydra, 27 (20 GP)
Season leader (No. 1 goalie): Andrea Weckman (12 GP, 11-1, 1.25 GAA, .922 SV%)
Team national ranking (offence): 2nd (4.00)
Team national ranking (defence): 4th (1.60)
CIS championship appearances: 14th   
CIS championship all-time record: 27-12 (.692)
CIS championship all-time medals: 11 (3-3-5)
CIS championship best result: 3-time champions (2011, 2009, 2008)
CIS championship last appearance: 2012 (bronze)
CIS championship sequence: Return after 1-year absence (11th appearance in 12 years)

No. 6 St. Thomas Tommies

Head Coach: Peter Murphy (11th season)
Regular season record: 12-7-5
Regular season standing: 4th SUA
Playoff record: 0-2
Playoff finish: Lost in AUS quarter-finals
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 15-14
Overall record vs. CIS championship teams: 1-4 vs. MCT 
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 18): Unranked
Top 10 best ranking: Unranked all season
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (16 polls): 0
Conference award winners: None
Conference 1st team all-stars: Kristin Wolfe (G)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Katie Brewster (F)
Conference all-rookie team: None
Season leaders (points): Katie Brewster (21 GP: 10-7-17), Kelty Apperson (24 GP: 8-9-17)
Season leader (goals): Katie Brewster, 10 (21 GP)
Season leader (assists): Myfanwy Thomson, 10 (24 GP)
Season leader (No. 1 goalie): Kristin Wolfe (20 GP, 10-10, 2.04 GAA, .929 SV%)
Team national ranking (offence): T18th (2.25)
Team national ranking (defence): 12th (2.00)
CIS championship appearances: 1st 
CIS championship all-time record: 0-0
CIS championship all-time medals: 0
CIS championship best result: First appearance
CIS championship last appearance: First appearance
CIS championship sequence: First appearance

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (all times ATLANTIC TIME)

Wednesday, March 12
19:00 All-Canadian Banquet (Fredericton Inn - Bicentennial Ballroom)

Thursday, March 13
14:00 Pool B #1: No. 5 McGill vs. No. 2 Wilfrid Laurier (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
19:00 Pool A #1: No. 4 Saskatchewan vs. No. 1 Montreal (www.CIS-SIC.tv)  

Friday, March 14
14:00 Pool B #2: Loser Pool B #1 vs. No. 3 Moncton (www.CIS-SIC.tv)  
19:00 Pool A #2: Loser Pool A #1 vs. No. 6 St. Thomas (www.CIS-SIC.tv)  
Saturday, March 15
14:00 Pool B #3: Winner Pool B #1 vs. No. 3 Moncton (www.CIS-SIC.tv)  
19:00 Pool A #3: Winner Pool A #1 vs. No. 6 St. Thomas (www.CIS-SIC.tv)  

Sunday, March 16
10:00 5th Place (www.CIS-SIC.tv)  
14:00 Bronze (www.CIS-SIC.tv)  
18:30 Final (Sportsnet 360 & www.CIS-SIC.tv)  

* The webcast of the championship final will be on pay-per-view basis.
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