Sunday, 8 November 2015

The Rundown - Week 6

There are a couple of conference who are off this week, so we'll do something a little different this week. The CIS Top Ten will be posted, we'll look at the top scorers in the CIS, and we'll run down the two conference who actually did play games this week. It seems like it will work, so let's look at Week 6 with a twist!

Canada West Results

The conference had the week off. There shall be games next week, though, as Regina visits Mount Royal, Manitoba travels to Lethbridge, Calgary heads north to visit Alberta, and Saskatchewan will head to the coast for a date with UBC.

Ontario Results

The OUA had the week off as well, but they'll get back into the action next Friday with a bundle of games. Among the games with the most watch value, you'll want to keep an eye on first-place Toronto as they host Brock and Waterloo. Second-place Queen's visits UOIT while third-place Guelph is in Windsor where the Lancers may need a hope and a prayer against the Gryphons.

Quebec Results

OTTAWA at CARLETON: Carleton opened the scoring at the 12:08 mark when Tawnya Guindon found room past Sarah-Maude Labrecque for the 1-0 lead. Ottawa would tie the game at 18:04 on Shanie Deschatelets' goal, and then took the lead with 34 seconds left in the period when Carol-Ann Upshall zipped a shot past Katelyn Steele for the 2-1 lead.

Carleton would tie the game on the power-play at 6:08 of the second when Becky Davidson's shot found the twine, but Ottawa would restore the one-goal lead at 11:32 when Upshall picked up her second goal of the game. Ottawa jumped out to a 4-2 lead at 16:48 of the third period when Roxanne Rioux scored, but Carleton wasn't done. A flurry of action on the power-play saw Becky Davidson score with 50 seconds to play, but Carleton couldn't find the equalizer as Ottawa wins 4-3. Sarah-Maude Labrecque picks up the win while Katelyn Steele was on the losing end in this one.

MONTREAL at MCGILL: The Martlets opened the scoring with the only goal of the first period. Olivia Atkinson put the puck past Elodie Rousseau Sirois at the 15:06 mark, and it was 1-0 for McGill.

The second period was entirely the Carabins' period as Montreal rattled off four-straight goals. Jessica Cormier scored at 3:20, Ariane Barker scored at 8:09 and 11:34, and Cormier book-ended the period with her second goal at 12:14 as she ended Taylor Hough's night for the Martlets with Montreal taking the 4-1 lead.

Atkinson would pull the Martlets within two goals as she scored 24 seconds into the final frame, and Marie-Philip Lavoie put the pressure on the Carabins as she scored at 4:53 to make it 4-3. However, Montreal would lock down the rest of the game as they skated to the 4-3 victory. Elodie Rousseau Sirois picked up the victory while Taylor Hough was charged with the loss. As a note, McGill's Kayla Loberg stopped all 15 shots she faced in her 26:36 of relief.

OTTAWA at MONTREAL: Ariane Barker put Montreal on the board first in this one as she fired a puck past Maude Levesque-Ryan at 3:46 for the 1-0 lead. Ottawa would tie the game at 12:27 of the second period when Melodie Bouchard found room past Marie-Pier Chabot. However, the third period was all Montreal as Catherine Dubois scored at 3:32, Valerie St-Onge found the back of the net at 14:37, and Casandra Dupuis netted her goal just ten seconds after St-Onge's goal. All said, the Carabins used their offensive outburst for the 4-1 win. Chabot picks up the win while Levesque-Ryan took the loss.

CONCORDIA at MCGILL: There were two goals scored, and only one team scored in this game. McGill's Melodie Daoust scored at 12:37 of the first period and Gabrielle Davidson scored a shorthanded goal at 6:06 of the second period. It doesn't take much more than that as Kayla Loberg stopped all 22 shots she faced - and all 37 shots she faced this weekend - for the 2-0 McGill shutout victory. Katherine Purchase took the loss for Concordia.

School Record Points GF GA Streak Next
9 18 8
8 14 18
vs MON
6 12 7
@ CAR/vs CAR
5 8 10
vs MON
2 6 15
vs McG/@ McG

Maritime Results

SAINT MARY'S at DALHOUSIE: Breanna Lanceleve, who is quietly putting together a CIS MVP season, opened the scoring for the Huskies when she found room past Mati Barrett. They would double the lead at 12:41 of the second period when Caitlyn Manning scored on the power-play. Dalhousie's Rachel Carr made things a little tense at 17:09 of the third period when she beat Rebecca Clark, but Saint Mary's Caitlyn Schell would score the empty-net power-play goal with 13 seconds to play to send the Huskies to the 3-1 win. Clark picked up the win while Barrett would take the loss.

MONCTON at MOUNT ALLISON: Kelly Matarazzo put the Mounties on the board at 10:24 when she beat Emilie Bouchard for the 1-0 lead. Shelby Colton would make it a two-goal lead when she scored at 8:22 of the third period. The Aigles Bleues would get one back at 15:27 when Cassandra Labrie beat Keri Martin on the power-play, but the Mounties would ice the game on Rosie Heffernan's empty-net goal with 58 seconds to play. Martin picked up the win in the 3-1 Mounties victory while Bouchard took the loss.

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER at ST. THOMAS: Lauren Henman would open the scoring for the Tommies at 8:59 when she beat Sojung Shin, but the X-Women would come right back as Daley Oddy beat Taylor Cook at the 13:22 mark. Shin and Cook would hold this 1-1 score through to the end of regulation time, so it was off to overtime to find a winner. It didn't take long as Henman would score her second of the game at 4:19 of the extra period to give the Tommies the 2-1 overtime win. Cook took the win while Shin was assessed the loss.

UPEI at DALHOUSIE: The Tigers needed to earn some points badly, and they got off to a good start when Victoria MacIntosh opened the scoring just 5:30 into the game. UPEI would answer back, though, as Jessie Brown beat Jessica Severeyns at 18:31 for the 1-1 tie.

The Tigers wouldn't be denied on this night. Sarah Robichaud beat Megan Sullivan on a penalty shot at 13:54 of the third period, and Taylor Reichheld would make it a 3-1 game at 17:49. The Tigers would win this game 4-1 after Robichaud scored her second of the game into an empty net. Severeyns picked up the win while Sullivan was on the losing end.

UPEI at SAINT MARY'S: Things didn't get any easier for the Panthers the next day. The Huskies got goals from Mary Worndl at 3:53 of the first period, Hannah Askin at 3:25 of the second period, and Sarah Douglas at 17:39 of the second period to earn the 3-0 victory. Rebecca Clark made 15 saves in the shutout win while Kristy Brown took the loss.

MOUNT ALLISON at ST. THOMAS: The Mounties scored first when Kelsey Taylor beat Taylor Cook at 3:20 of the opening frame. The Tommies would answer back when Marina Sergina beat Keri Martin on the power-play at 8:17 for the 1-1 equalizer. The Tommies would take the lead in the middle frame when Lauren Henman scored on the power-play for the 2-1 lead, but the Mounties would knot the game up at 2-2 when Shelby Colton's shot found the twine at 14:32.

That score would hold true until 5:55 of the overtime period these two teams found themselves in, and it was Mount Allison's Mackenzie Lalonde who ended the game. Keri Martin stopped 31 of 33 shots she faced in the 3-2 overtime victory for the Mounties while Taylor Cook was on the losing end in this one.

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER at MONCTON: Moncton was in tough in this game. The X-Women got a power-play goal from Emily Power at 15:31 in the middle stanza, and Kara Power added an empty-net goal with seven seconds to play at StFX took the game by a 2-0 score. Pascale Daigle stopped all 23 shots she faced for the shutout victory while Gabrielle Forget took the loss.

School Record Points GF GA Streak Next
St. Thomas
13 21 14
@ StFX
Saint Mary's
10 21 14
7 14 14
6 15 19
vs MAU
Mount Allison
6 13 18
5 11 16
MONx2/vs SMU
4 17 17

CIS Top Ten

There are certainly solid teams playing across this great nation, but the best of the best are posted below. At least, they're the best of the best as of November 3, 2015. Some of these rankings seem a little off if you ask me. However, this is how the CIS Top Ten breaks down as of eight days ago.

School Conference Record Votes Old Rank Current
Montreal RSEQ
39 pts 3rd
36 pts 1st
Toronto OUA
33 pts 5th
Western OUA
26 pts 2nd
Guelph OUA
26 pts 6th
Lethbridge CWUAA
20 pts 4th
14 pts 8th
Saskatchewan CWUAA
13 pts 9th
Moncton AUS
8 pts 7th
Alberta CWUAA
3 pts 10th

Honestly, how Toronto, Saskatchewan, and Guelph aren't the top-three schools in the country makes me shake my head. How a 2-3-0, and now 2-4-0, Moncton team even makes the top-ten is baffling. I admit that the AUS and RSEQ are making up for lost time as they've played less games than the CWUAA and OUA, but I have no idea how these top-ten rankings are even calculated based on the above table. I mean, who is voting on these rankings, and how do they put a team with a .500 winning percentage at the time as the top team in the nation?

When all else fails, blame Canada, right? We'll see how these teams fare as the season progresses.

Get To Know Her

It absolutely is important you do, and you're going to want to keep an eye on her. Like other Olympians who are playing in the CIS right now - Iya Gavrilova, Venla Hovi, and potentially Sasha Vafina - Shin has a good shot at making the Olympic team for her home country of South Korea! Shin is expected to be the starting netminder for the host Korean team when the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games open, and she's currently honing her skills as the starting netminder for the St. Francis Xavier X-Women!

Shin had never heard of StFX before arriving, never had heard of Nova Scotia before arriving, nor had heard of Antigonish whatsoever. The native of Seoul, South Korea had to find the town and province on a map! Shin's transition has gone pretty well, though, if you ask her coaches.

"Once she got here, she has adapted quite well," former interim head coach Ben Berthiaume told Glenn MacDonald of the Herald. "When she arrived she knew a little bit of English. Now she can speak it real well."

2014-15 saw Shin establish herself as one of the best goalies statistically, but this season has been more of a challenge. She sits seventh in goals-against average at 2.30, and she's ninth in save percentage at .891 while going 0-3-0 thus far on the season. The Human Kinetics major is a Carey Price, so she's certainly got her idols right.

Keep your eye on Shin over the next two years, readers. She's proving she deserves mention as one of the CIS's rising stars, and she appears to be a lock of the Korean Olympic team in 2018!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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