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WHKY falls in bronze medal game to Huskies
Laurier: 3 Saskatchewan - Bronze Medal Game: 6

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FREDERICTON (March 16, 2014) - The fourth-seeded Saskatchewan Huskies scored five powerplay goals en route to a 6-3 win over the second-seeded Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks at the 2014 Scotiabank CIS Women's Hockey Championship on Sunday afternoon.

For the Hawks, the loss means that the team finishes fourth at the national championship for the third consecutive appearance after coming up short in the bronze medal game in both 2011 and 2012.

"It was just eerily similar to the first game against McGill where we had pucks lying around their net all game long and we just couldn't get enough sticks on them in the blue paint," said head coach RICK OSBORNE after the game. "Today, with 42 shots, we had plenty of opportunities. We certainly were snake bitten and we were playing a really tough team. It was a battle of wills out there between two really tough teams and we came up short."

The story of the game was the Huskies powerplay and the play of third year defenceman Julia Flinton of Williams Lake, B.C. Saskatchewan finished the game an astounding 5-for-7 with the man-advantage with three of the goals coming on point shots from Flinton, who was named player of the game for the Huskies. 

"Our penalty killing was, uncharacteristically, our Achilles heel today and that was frustrating to come in with the numbers we have on the penalty kill and leave the nationals with so many power play goals against," commented Osborne. "The second period was a nightmare. Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong."

Sara Greschner of Dodsland, Sask., added a pair of powerplay markers while Marlet Ervine of Kindersley, Sask., added an empty netter to round out the Huskies scoring. 

For the Hawks, Robyn Degagne of North Bay, Ont., Laura Brooker of Fergus, Ont., and Devon Skeats of Whitby, Ont., found the back of the net. Brooker was subsequently named Laurier's player of the game after also collecting an assist on Degagnes goal.

Asides for the Huskies powerplay proficiency, goaltending also played a key role in Saskatchewans win. Laurier outshot Saskatchewan 42-28 but Cassidy Hendricks of Vancouver, B.C., was a difference maker for her team. She turned away 39 shots, including 20 in the third period when the Hawks outshot the Huskies 21-8.

Amanda Smith of Burlington, Ont., finished the game with 22 saves as she took the loss for the purple and gold.

For Laurier, the loss ends the careers of decorated fifth year players Skeats and Candice Styles of Orangeville, Ont. The two players finish their time with the Golden Hawks with three OUA Championships and a CIS bronze medal.

"It's definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," stated Skeats on her time with the purple and gold. "I need to say thanks to [head coach] Rick [Osborne]. He provided me this opportunity, he's been supporting me throughout these past five years and there's no better school to be a part of than Laurier. I'm really proud to be a part of this process for the past five years and being a part of four nationals is something not a lot of players can say they've done, so I'm really happy about that."

Although the season did not end the way they were hoping for, Osborne says that the Hawks still have plenty to be proud of this season after adding an 11th OUA banner to their trophy case.

"I'm proud of this season. Getting to play for a medal at nationals is something I tried not to think about early on because we had question marks just from the fact we had another rookie goalie starting, we had seven more rookies that had to play well enough to get us out of the OUA. There's been ups and there's been downs, but when you look at it, there were so many ups and so many things to be proud of."

NOTES: The Hawks are now 0-2 against Saskatchewan all-time at the CIS Championship having lost 1-0 in overtime to the Huskies back in 2004...the six goals against is the most goals Laurier has allowed all season
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