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AUS Women’s Hockey Finals: Day Three

Morton dominated the game, scoring a hat-trick in the process.

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

On  what was essentially Semi-Final Saturday at the Dalhousie Memorial Arena, the UPEI Panthers upset nationally ranked and AUS Defending champion St. FX X-Women 2-1, while Mount Allison came back from a 4-2 deficit late, to beat Moncton 5-4.

In stunning fashion, the Panthers upset the X-Women after a sensational outing by goaltender Kristy Dobson, who made 33 saves and booked her team a place in the finals.

Both Marie-Michelle Poirier and Katelyn Morton had hat-tricks for their team in the late game, but after taking a 4-2 lead the Aigles-Bleus were unable to hang on and the Mounties powered past them with three unanswered goals, right into the finals on Sunday.

UPEI 2 – 1 St. FX

Stunning the large St.FX Crowd in attendance, the Panthers knocked off the X-Women to put themselves in the AUS finals, the first time in their history reaching the finals.

Outstanding net-minding by Dobson shutdown Janelle Parent and Alex Noremore, ranked 1st and 2nd nationally in scoring, and allowed her team a chance at the win.

Missed opportunities were the downfall for the X-Women, while the Panthers were in lethal form converting on two of their three powerplay opportunities.

It was too little too late for the X-Women, who finally beat Dobson in the final moments and then threw everything they had at the Panthers goalie, but Dobson was equal to the task.

Players of the Game

St. FX – Molly MacDonald

UPEI – Kristy Dobson

Moncton 4 – 5 Mount Allison

Katelyn Morton rallied the Mounties and a late powerplay goal by Ashlyn Somers gave them a huge comeback win, giving them a place in the finals on Sunday.

Moncton roared to an early 2-0 lead on back-to-back goals by Marie-Michelle Poirer, despite being outplayed for much of the period by the Mounties.

In splendid fashion, Katelyn Morton scored a high-light reel goal, going end to end and dancing around Desjardins to cut the lead to one.

Morton tied the game midway through the second at 2-2, before Poirier finished her hat-trick seconds later to take back the lead.

Then with less than a minute left in the game, Amelie Dion scored to give the Aigles-Bleus a dominant 4-2 lead going into the final frame.

Queens of the comeback all season, the Mounties started with a furious assault in the third period on Kathy Desjardins, with Morton completing her hat-trick minutes into the period.

Megan Davies tied the game at 4-4 two minutes later, a floating shot that bounced and trickled through Desjardin’s pads and ignited the Mount Allison faithful in attendance.

To add the finishing touches, Ashlyn Somers scored on a play created by Katelyn Morton, who spent the night crashing the crease and causing havoc in the Moncton crease.

Players of the Game:

Moncton – Marie-Michelle Poirier

Mount Allison – Katelyn Morton

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The tournament will come to a close on Sunday, when the UPEI Panthers play the  the Mount Allison Mounties in the finals at 3pm. The winning team will represent the AUS at the upcoming CIS Championship.

Check out all the action from today’s games at SSNCanada.ca, where Steve Betts and Henry Whitfield have the call from the Dalhousie Memorial Arena.

Sunday, March 4th
Championship Game: UPEI Panthers vs. Mount Allison Mounties, 2:00pm

*Dalhousie and St. Thomas were eliminated on Friday, while St. FX and Moncton were eliminated on Saturday.

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

AUS Women’s Hockey Finals: Day One Recap

Desjardins and company skated to a big 5-0 win.

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

It was business as usual for the top two teams in the AUS as the Women’s Hockey Finals kicked off.

Top ranked St. FX beat a resilient Dalhousie Tigers 3-1, while Moncton rolled past the St. Thomas Tommies 5-0 in the late game.

Both games were played in front of a packed house, with fans from all four schools vocal in support of their teams.

X-Women 3 – 1 Tigers

The X-Women kicked off the tournament with a highlight  goal from star Alex Normore and dominated for much of the game.

Despite hanging in with the defending AUS Champions for two periods, the TIgers managed to claw back goal after a looping point shot from Miranda McMillan beat goaltender Kristie Garrow.

Unlikely hero Abygail Laking gave her team in the second period with a wrist shot that handcuffed goaltender Zoe Zivolak and the X-Women never looked back.

The Tigers mustered just two shots in the third period, while Erin Brophy added the insurance marker and gave her team a final 3-1 lead.

Players of the Game

X-Women: Abygail Laking

Tigers: Cassie Banfield

 

Aigles Bleus 5 – 0 Tommies

Showing the rest of the AUS that they are a force to be reckoned in the post season, the Aigles Bleus cruised past the Tommies with a convincing 5 – 0 win.

Johannie Thibeault led the way for Moncton, with a hat-trick while Marie-Pier Arsenault had four points on the night with a goal and three assists. Marie-Michelle Poirier added three assists.

Despite the lopsided score, Julia Sharun had a strong game in net and made 43 saves in the loss.

Players of the Game

Aigles Bleus – Johannie Thibeaul

Tommies – Julia Sharun

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The rest of the tournament will continue Friday, when the UPEI Panthers play the Dalhousie Tigers at 3pm and the Mount Allison Mounties play the St. Thomas Tommies at 7pm.

Check out all the action from today’s games at SSNCanada.ca, where Steve Betts and Henry Whitfield had the call from the Dalhousie Memorial Arena.

Friday, March 2nd
Game #3: UPEI (4th) vs. Dalhousie (6th), 3:00pm
Game #4: Mount Allison (3rd) vs. St. Thomas (5th), 7:00pm

Saturday, March 3rd
Game #5: UPEI (4th) vs. St. FX (1st), 3:00pm
Game #6: Mount Allison (3rd) vs. Moncton (2nd), 7:00pm

Sunday, March 4th
Championship Game: Pool “A” winner vs. Pool “B” winner, 2:00pm

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.