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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.

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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.

AUS Women’s Varsity Hockey Preview

Parent will be looking to shoot her team to another title

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

AUS Women’s Varsity Hockey Preview

With the regular season wrapped up and teams in their final playoff positions, it’s time to preview the playoffs and the drama about to unfold at the Dalhousie Memorial Arena.

Six teams will vie for a spot in Alberta at the 2012 CIS Women’s Hockey Championship, battling it out for a place in the finals on Sunday and the AUS crown.

St. Francis Xavier X-Women (20-4-0)

Lead by the offensive tandem of Alex Normore and Janelle Parent, St. FX is poised for yet another run at the AUS crown. Despite a challenge all season by second place Aigles Bleues, the X-Women held off the charge and secured first in the league through explosive offence and solid defence.

Leading Scorers: Alex Normore (24-31-55), Janelle Parent (26-33-49)

Head Coach: David Synishin (10th Season)

UdeM Aigles Bleues (16-5-3)

After a highflying start to the season,  Moncton cooled off down the stretch slumping to just four wins in their last ten games. Kathy Desjardins has been outstanding in net all season and lead all goaltenders with 13 wins. The offence has clipped along at a steady rate, scoring almost four goals a game.

Leading Scorers: Marie-M Poirier (24-12-36), Johannie Thibeault (8-23-31)

Head Coach: Dennis Ross

Mount Allison Mounties (14-6-3)

After a number of years at the bottom of the AUS, the Mounties made a surprise charge up the rankings and won their  last seven games, outscoring their opponents 35 to 14, with wins over both StFX and Moncton and a final season 9-1 win over Saint Mary’s.

Leading Scorers: Katelyn Morton (17-7-24), Ashlyn Somers (7-17-24)

Head Coach: Zach Ball (3rd Season)

UPEI Panthers (13-10-1)

Scoring by committee helped the Panthers all season, with Kelsey O’Donnell, Ferran Brown, Janelle McKenzie, Amber Gaudette, Keirstin Visser and Jessie Anne Howard all coming up when scoring was needed. Splitting time in net, Kristy Dobson and Bailey Toupin both played well, but Dobson carried the majority of play down the stretch and will need to step up and be counted in the playoffs.

Leading Scorers: Kelsey O’Donnell (8-12-20), Ferran Brown (9-9-18

Head Coach: Bruce Donaldson (3rd Season)

St. Thomas Tommies (11-12-1)

The Tommies rode consistency all season, their longest losing streak at three games early in the season, beating the top two teams 3-1 in their final four bouts.  To press on in the tournament, the Tommies will need Julia Sharun to continue her strong season between the pipes.

Leading Scorers: Kayla Blackmore (16-14-30), Danielle Miller (8-13-21)

Head Coach: Peter Murphy (10th Season)

Dalhousie Tigers (9-12-3) 

A change behind the bench for the Tigers resulted in a different style of play down the stretch, with All-time scorer Jocelyn Leblanc once again leading the charge. Finishing the season with three straight wins, the Tigers will be hoping to use the energy of a home-crowd to push into the finals on Sunday. The biggest bright spot will be the play of Robin Nicholson, who missed much of the season due to injury, but managed to score score 12 goals and end with 17 points in just 13 games.

Leading Scorers: Jocelyn Leblanc (23-12-35), Jenna Currie (5-20-25)

Head Coach: Sean Fraser (1st Season)

The tournament will kick off on Thursday, with host’s Dalhousie Tigers hosting league leading and defending champion St. Francis Xavier X-Women at 3pm. Check out all the games on SSN Canada, where Steve Betts and Henry Whitfield from the Sportstream team will have the call.

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Thursday, March 1st
Game #1: StFX (1st) vs. Dalhousie (6th), 3:00pm
Game #2: Moncton (2nd) vs. St. Thomas (5th), 7:00pm

Friday, March 2nd
Game #3: UPEI (4th) vs. Loser Game #1, 3:00pm
Game #4: Mount Allison (3rd) vs. Loser Game #2, 7:00pm

Saturday, March 3rd
Game #5: UPEI (4th) vs. Winner Game #1, 3:00pm
Game #6: Mount Allison (3rd) vs. Winner Game #2, 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.