Sunday, 14 February 2016

The Rundown - Week 20

It was literally the last stand for a number of teams looking to make the playoffs or improve their standing within their playoff situations as the CIS season comes to an end. For a few teams, the season is already over so they can play the role of spoiler, but there were battles seen across this nation as the CIS teams went down to the wire when it came to their seasons. Let's see how things unfolded this week on The Rundown!

Canada West Results

LETHBRIDGE at CALGARY: This series had all sorts of playoff implications as both teams were vying for the final playoff spot. Lethbridge had a shot at fifth-place in the CWUAA, but they'd need some help. If Calgary won both games, they could take over sixth-place if Mount Royal lost both. So for Calgary, winning both would give them a shot at the playoff and eliminate the Pronghorns in one fell swoop. If Lethbridge won one of two games, they'd take sixth-place.

The Dinos seized the opportunity early as they grabbed a 3-0 lead through 20 minutes. Kelsie Lang scored on the power-play just 2:49 in, Delaney Frey added the second Calgary goal at 6:14, and Cheyann Newman made it 3-0 at 17:48 with her goal. Sarah Spence would get Lethbridge on the board at 12:02 of the second period, and these two teams would battle late into the third period with Calgary leading 3-1.

With over two and a half minutes to play, Alicia Anderson was called to the bench to give the Pronghorns the extra attacker, but Iya Gavrilova scored into the empty net at 17:34 to make it 4-1. Lethbridge wouldn't back down, though, as Sarah Spence scored her second of the game at 18:02, and Lethbridge pulled the goalie once more to try to even the game. There would be no comeback, however, as Delaney Frey scored into the unguarded cage with 43 second to play to give Calgary the 5-2 victory. Hayley Dowling was sharp in stopping 22 pucks while Anderson was tagged with the loss.

LETHBRIDGE at CALGARY: With half of the weekend's work done, Calgary prevented Lethbridge from any shot at fifth-place. More importantly, the Dinos put themselves in a position to take sixth-place away from Lethbridge with a win in regulation time. Playoff lives were on the line on Saturday!

Calgary would find the scoreboard first as Iya Gavrilova deflected Stephanie Zvonkovic's shot past Alicia Anderson for the 1-0 lead at 15:14. Jenae Culp would even the score minutes later when she deflected a shot from in front while on the power-play that Hayley Dowling couldn't corral at 18:21, and it was a 1-1 game after 20 minutes.

Sasha Vafina would be the only player to dent twine in the second period as she took advantage of a line change to break in alone on Anderson. Vafina went five-hole to light the lamp at 14:53, and Calgary went up 2-1. The Prongjorns would tie things up in the third period when Brett Campbell snuck into the slot from the point, took a pass from behind the net, and went high over Dowling at 10:38 of the third period for the 2-2 tie. However, Gavrilova restored the one-goal 20 seconds later when she found a rebound and popped it past Anderson for the 3-2 lead. Despite some incredible pressure late by Lethbridge, Calgary withstood the storm for the 3-2 victory! Dowling recorded the win while Anderson took the loss in the game. Calgary eliminates the Lethbridge Pronghorns from the playoff while moving into sixth-place. Calgary would now need to wait to see how Mount Royal fared against Alberta to ensure their inclusion in the playoffs.

MOUNT ROYAL at ALBERTA: If Mount Royal won both, they would be in the playoffs. Simple, right? Things wouldn't be so easy against the Alberta Pandas. Mount Royal managed just ten shots in this game as Alberta came to play. Ashley Morin scored at 9:56 of the first period, Amy Helfrich scored on the power-play at 5:31 of the second period and Alison Campbell would make it 3-0 at 10:15, and Campbell would add a power-play goal at 10:22 of the third period to give Alberta the 4-0 victory. As stated above, Lindsey Post would stop all 10 shots she faced for the shutout while Jessica Ross stopped 27 shots in the loss. The loss, combined with Calgary's win on Friday, eliminates Mount Royal from the playoffs.

ALBERTA at MOUNT ROYAL: While Saturday's game was about pride for the Cougars, Alberta still had a shot at first-place in the CWUAA to ensure home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Both teams came into this game with something to play for as the home-and-home series shifted back to Mount Royal University. Both teams played extremely well in this game, but it was a second-period Lindsey Cunningham goal that was the difference as the Pandas downed the Cougars 1-0 on Saturday. Lindsey Post stopped all 26 shots for her second-straight shutout of the Cougars while Jessica Ross allowed one goal on 21 shots in the loss. Alberta takes over first-place depending on the results of both UBC and Regina.

UBC at MANITOBA: Manitoba had a shot at fourth-place depending on how Saskatchewan fared against Regina, and UBC had a shot at first-place depending on how Alberta and Regina did in their games. In other words, both teams had something to play for in this weekend series. Kathleen Cahoon would open the scoring early as she found the back of the net past Rachel Dyck at 2:26 to put UBC up 1-0.

That score would hold until the third period when Manitoba struck early as defenceman Erica Rieder scored on a breakaway while shorthanded 38 seconds into the period to even the game at 1-1. Venla Hovi would make it 2-1 for the Bisons at 4:34 while on the power-play as she redirected a pass from Alanna Sharman past Danielle Dube. However, Kathleen Cahoon would take over the period. She poked home a loose puck in the crease while on the power-play at 5:44, and then ripped home a wrist shot that found the five-hole on Dyck while on a two-man advantage at 8:19 to put UBC back up 3-2. Kirsten Toth also got into the power-play goal action when her point shot rang off the post and landed in the back of the net at 11:24. Despite some pressure at the end, Dube would hold strong in leading the Thunderbirds to the 4-2 victory. She stopped 21 shots in the win while Rachel Dyck suffered the loss.

UBC at MANITOBA: It would be the final chance for Manitoba to catch Saskatchewan while UBC looked to improve their rank at the top of the standings. Alanna Sharman got the scoring started on the power-play when she beat Danielle Dube 2:24 into the game for the 1-0 Manitoba lead. Mathea Fischer would respond on a UBC power-play when her shot got by Amanda Schubert at 6:20. Manitoba would take the lead into the intermission, though, as Venla Hovi picked up a power-play goal at 11:41 to give Manitoba the 2-1 lead.

A scary incident early in the second period saw Danielle Dube take a major bump while covering a puck as her defender fell into her while battling Alanna Sharman. Dube remained motionless on the ice while trainers tended to her. Paramedics were called in, and they secured her head and neck before carting her off on a stretcher. This writer knows how important Dube has been to the Thunderbirds' program, and I'm hoping that her trip to a Winnipeg hospital was for precautionary reasons only. She's too important to UBC to be out for any length of time, especially during the playoffs.

Samantha Langford came on in relief, and it was evident that UBC was now playing for Dube as well as their first-place aspirations. Neither side backed down from one another, and it would be a second goal for Norwegian Mathea Fischer at 7:11 that would be the only goal of the middle frame as UBC and Manitoba went into the third period tied at 2-2.

Hovi would score off a great pass from Alanna Sharman as she streaked towards the far post to put Manitoba up 3-2 just 31 seconds into the final frame. Kathleen Cahoon would score her fourth goal of the weekend at 4:25 when she zipped a puck past Schubert to make it 3-3, but Manitoba came right backon the power-play as Eric Rieder ripped a shot from the top of the face-off circle that went bar-down on Langford at 6:32 to put the Bisons up 4-3. Both teams had chances after that, but neither goalie would allow another goal as Manitoba skated to the 4-3 victory! Schubert stopped 12 of 15 shots for the win while Langford took the loss despite only surrendering two goals on 13 shots. Dube, for the record, stopped five of seven shots.

SASKATCHEWAN at REGINA: Saskatchewan could guarantee themselves fourth-place and a home playoff date with a win while Regina was battling for top-spot in the CWUAA. The scoring would start in the second period as Saskatchewan's Kori Herner's shot deflected in front of Toni Ross and made its way past the startled goaltender for the 1-0 lead at 1:07. Regina responded ten minutes later on the power-play when Emma Waldenberger beat Cassidy Hendricks at 11:35, and we were knotted up at 1-1.

This game would go five periods before another goal was seen. In the three-on-three overtime period, Jaycee Magwood's inital shot was stopped, but she tucked her own rebound in past Hendricks for the 2-1 Regina win! Toni Ross earned the win while Cassidy Hendricks absorbs the overtime loss.

REGINA at SASKATCHEWAN: With UBC's loss earlier on Saturday, a win in regulation or extra time would push Regina into second-place. With Manitoba's win, they held the tie-breaker with Saskatchewan, so they needed at least one point to hold onto fourth-place. They kicked the game off the right way as Marley Ervine scored at 8:31 on the power-play and Kaitlin Willoughby put the Huskies up 2-0 at 13:55.

Regina would answer back in the second period as Kylie Gavelin scored at 4:32 and Bailey Braden added a second goal at 9:27 to knot the game up at 2-2. It would take the third period to determine a winner, and the Huskies decided to end all speculation about a home playoff game.

Goals by Willoughby at 2:26, Rachel Johnson at 3:38, Johnson again while on the power-play at 16:34, and Kennedy Harris at 19:09 gave Saskatchewan the 6-2 victory. Cassidy Hendricks picked up the win while Toni Ross was shelled in the loss. Saskatchewan would clinch fourth-place with the victory while Regina's loss would see them miss on an opportunity for a top-two spot.

School Record Points GF GA Streak Next
50 62 40
British Columbia
48 69 53
47 71 66
vs CAL
44 62 62
vs MAN
41 57 53
37 67 81
36 54 70
Mount Royal
33 50 64

Ontario Results

Being that I'm based in Canada West, I'll be honest in telling you that I don't know all the circumstances surrounding playoff positioning in the other conferences outside the math. I do know this: the OUA plays their regular season into next week, so we'll run through this week's games quickly.

YORK at WESTERN: Katelyn Gosling scored 2:40 in the game to put Western up 1-0. The second period saw the Lions tie things up on a power-play as Kristen Barbara beat Kelly Campbell at 14:07, but Western would answer back at 19:31 when Kendra Broad beat Megan Lee before the period ended. That would be all that the Mustangs needed as they would keep the third period to a clean sheet as Western downed York by that 2-1 count. Campbell stopped 36 shots in the win while Lee was goaltender of note in the loss.

WATERLOO at WINDSOR: One goal was all that was seen. Lindsay MacDonald scored at 13:28 of the third period to break the stalemate, and that 1-0 lead would hold through to the final horn to give Waterloo the victory. Rebecca Bouwhuis stopped all 22 shots for the shutout win while Ingrid Sandven suffered the loss.

LAURIER at TORONTO: Sonja Weidenfelder beat Amanda Smith at 9:02 to put the Varsity Blues up 1-0. Robyn Degagne would tie things up for Laurier at 16:00 of the second period while on the power-play when she beat Valencia Yordanov. This game would need extra time as nothing was settled in the third period, and it would go to a fifth period before we had a winner. Taylor Day scored at 3:46 of double-overtime to give Toronto the 2-1 overtime win. Yordanov stopped 27 shots in the victory while Smith was on the losing end of this overtime decision.

LAURENTIAN at GUELPH: The Gryphons controlled this game from the second period on. With no scoring in the opening frame, Guelph broke the scoreless tie at 2:35 of the middle frame when Sophie Contant found room past Laura Deller for the 1-0 lead. Leigh Shilton would put Guelph up 2-0 just 1:15 into the third period, and Averi Nooren would give the Gryphons a 3-0 lead at 15:48. Jessica Pinkerton would find the empty net at 17:01 as Deller was on the bench for the extra attacker. Ellery Veerman would ruin the Gryphons' shutout bid with 2:00 to play as she beat Valeria Lamenta, but it was all for naught as the Gryphons took this game by a 4-1 score. Lamenta made 25 saves in the win while Deller took the loss.

RYERSON at QUEEN'S: This game started off with a pair of Katrina Manoukarakis goals as she put Queen's out in front 2-0 with her markers at 9:38 and 16:48. Ryerson would answer back on the power-play at 18:15 when Melissa Wronzberg fired a shot past Caitlyn Lahonen to make it 2-1, and they would tie the game before the horn as Michelle Evagelou scored with 53 seconds to play.

Queen's jumped ahead again in the second period as Adi Halladay beat Sydney Authier at 9:25, and Amber Sealey would restore the two-goal lead at 12:49 with her notch. Unfortunately for the Rams, there would be no answer back, and the Gaels would add another goal in the third period as Manoukarakis finished off the hat trick on the power-play at 16:32 to give Queen's the 5-2 win. Lahonen added another win to her total while Authier was on the losing end.

WESTERN at WINDSOR: Lots of goals in this one, so let's get going. Western's Brittany Clapham scored at 13:31, but Windsor responded 16:10 with a Krystin Lawrence goal to send the game into the first intermission tied at 1-1. Lawrence would add her second of the game at 2:40 of the middle frame to put Windsor up 2-1, but three-straight goals by the Mustangs would swing the momentum. Western got goals from Stacey Scott on the power-play at 8:16, Katelyn Gosling at 9:10, and Kendra Broad with the man-advantage at 12:49 to make it 4-2.

Brianna Iazzolino would make it 5-2 at 7:10 of the third period and Marlowe Pecora extended the lead to 6-2 at 16:56, but the Lancers would answer immediately on the power-play as Sydney Dobbin at 17:15. That's as close as the Lancers would get in their comeback, though, as the Mustangs took this game 6-3. Kelly Campbell picked up the win while Hanna Slater was the goalie of record in this game. She played 29:10 while Ingrid Sandven was responsible for the final three goals in her 30:50 of work.

NIPISSING at GUELPH: This was a bit of a crazy game. Mackenzie Wong put the Gryphons up 1-0 when she beat Jacqueline Rochefort at 9:24. Jessica Pinkerton would make it 2-0 when she added a goal at 17:25. Pinkerton got the second period started off right when she scored her second of the night just 37 seconds into the frame.

Cue the comeback. The Lakers got goals from Kayla Carter at 1:47, Natalie Graham at 8:17, and Bronwyn Bolduc at 17:21 to tie the game as they scored three times past Stephanie Nehring on eight shots in the period to send this game to the third period tied up at 3-3. The Lakers would take the lead in the final stanza as Kaley Tienhaara found the back of the net at 5:19, but Katherine Bailey would score on the power-play with the extra attacker for Guelph at 19:41, and this game would need overtime to determine a winner.

We'd get a winner at 4:19 as Kelly Gribbons dented twine in the extra period as Guelph takes the 5-4 overtime victory! Nehring holds on for the win while Rochefort suffered the overtime loss.

BROCK at YORK: Brock's Kimberly Brown finally broke the scoreless tie in the third period when she beat Megan Lee at 3:48. The Lions would tie things up late in the period when Tegan Duncan found room past Jensen Murphy with 1:02 to play, so we'd need overtime to find a winner. A fourth period would do nothing to settle this, but Brenna Murphy would find twine with her shot at 1:42 of double-overtime as Brock wins 2-1! Jensen earns the win while Lee suffers another loss.

TORONTO at QUEEN'S: Only one team hit the scoresheet in this one. Jacqueline Scheffel scored at 11:11 of the second period and Taylor Day added an empty-netter with 1:02 to play as the Toronto Varsity Blues downed the Queen's Gaels by a 2-0 score. Valencia Yordanov picked up the 33-save shutout win while Caitlin Lahonen suffered the loss despite only surrendering one goal.

RYERSON at UOIT: The Ridgebacks jumped out to the early lead after Samantha Forchielli scored on Sydney Authier 40 seconds into the game. Ryerson would score late in the period to tie the game as Emma Rutherford beat Tori Campbell at 17:07, and they would take the lead on Kayla Karbonik's goal at 18:38.

We move to the third period where UOIT found the equalizer as Nicole LoPresti found the back of the net at 3:44, and this game would see the horn sound with the teams still tied at 2-2. Overtime was needed, and it was in the fifth period where a winner was crowned. Samantha Forchielli picked up her second goal of the game at 3:47 of double-overtime to give UOIT the victory! Campbell earned the win while Authier took a second loss on the weekend.

School Record Points GF GA Streak Next
57 75 29
44 54 38
44 54 46
42 59 34
39 48 37
38 58 37
36 42 45
@ RYE/vs QUE
32 47 62
28 34 44
25 63 79
24 38 49
@ TOR/vs WIN
21 45 76
vs TOR
11 28 69
vs LGH/@ WAT

Quebec Results

Like their provincial neighbours, the RSEQ will play for another week following this one. In saying that, it's becoming more apparent that this is a three-horse race to the finish.

McGILL at CONCORDIA: Concordia's Erica Porter put the Stingers on top at 8:18 when her shot found room past Taylor Hough on the power-play. The Stingers would go up by a pair midway through the second period when Ann-Julie Deschenes found twine for the 2-0 lead.

Cue the comeback. Nicole Howlett got things started for the Martlets with her goal past Katherine Purchase at 17:10, and they would tie the game 1:45 later off a Gabrielle Davidson goal. We'd head to the third period where McGill would take the lead at 7:21 off Davidson's second goal, and it would be the difference as McGill skated to the 3-2 victory! Hough picked up the win while Purchase suffered the loss.

CONCORDIA at CARLETON: The Ravens scored a power-play goal at 14:03 of the the third period when Kaylie Welk found the back of the net, and they'd ice the game with Shannon Pearson's empty-net goal with ten seconds to play as Carleton shutout Concordia by a 2-0 score. Katelyn Steele stopped all 27 shots she faced for the shutout win while Purchase deserved better after allowing just one goal on 22 shots.

OTTAWA at McGILL: Ottawa grabbed the lead midway through the first period when Marimee Godbout-Parent beat Taylor Hough at 11:41. McGill would tie things up midway through the second period when Gabrielle Davidson found room past Sarah-Maude Labrecque for the 1-1 deadlock. We'd play through the rest of the second period, the entire third period, and both overtime periods tied at 1-1, so this game would be settled via the shootout!

Carol-Ann Upshall scored on Ottawa's second shot and Melodie Daoust evened things up on McGill's third shot, and we'd be tied 1-1 through five shooters. Upshall was sent out for the sixth shot, but her attempt was thwarted by Hough. Daoust took McGill's sixth breakaway and she would find the back of the net for the second time past Labrecque as McGill takes this game by a 2-1 shootout final! Hough would earn the win after stopping 24 shots plus five of six in the shootout. Labrecque took the loss despite stopping 41 shots in regulation time plus four more in the shootout.

School Record Points GF GA Streak Next
29 66 28
26 50 32
vs CON
22 52 50
vs MON/@ CAR
14 29 44
@ McG/vs MON
8 19 62
vs OTT

Maritime Results

The AUS closed out the schedule this weekend, so playoff spots were on the line and positioning within those spots was up for grabs. Well, for almost all teams. UPEI needed some help plus they had to win out, so we'll see if they can catch Dalhousie. For everyone else, playoff spots and first-round byes were in the mix!

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER at DALHOUSIE: The Tigers needed to win to get in, and they got things started in this one. Laura Brooks scored at 10:30 on the power-play when her shot beat Sojung Shin for the 1-0 Tigers lead. Kayla Ogilvie made it 2-0 at 4:19 of the second period when he shot found the back of the net, and Bianca Canade would put the Tigers up 3-0 with her goal at 14:56. The commanding lead would be cut to two goals when Kara Power found space past Jessica Severeyns, but the Tigers would book their spot in the playoffs after downing the X-Women by a 3-1 score! Severeyns made 35 saves in the win while Shin allowed three goals on ten shots through 40 minutes. Pascale Daigle played the third period and was perfect on 11 chances.

SAINT MARY'S at MOUNT ALLISON: The opening goal would come late in the first period as Nicole Blanche beat Keri Martin at 18:05 to put the Huskies up 1-0. The Huskies would go up 2-0 at 7:14 of the second period when Hayley Halilihan found the back of the net. Shelby Colton would bring the Mounties within a goal when she beat Rebecca Weagle at 16:01, and Jennifer Bell would tie the game before the end of the second period with her goal at 17:43.

The Huskies would regain the lead at 8:07 when Caitlyn Manning found the back of the net, and it would be all that Saint Mary's needed as they skate to the 3-2 victory. Weagle picked up her first CIS win in the 28-save victory while Martin suffered the loss.

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER at UPEI: While this game wouldn't matter for the Panthers, StFX needed a win to keep pace with Mount Allison. UPEI was playing for pride, and they looked like they wanted to go down fighting this season. They would open the scoring on the power-play at 2:49 of the second period when Rachel Colle fired a shot past Pascale Daigle for the 1-0 lead. Emma Martin would make it 2-0 at 16:48, and that would be all that Megan Sullivan would need as UPEI takes this game by a 2-0 score. Sullivan stopped 31 shots for the shutout while Daigle took the loss.

ST. THOMAS at MONCTON: Moncton's Marie-Pier Corriveau put the Aigles Bleues up 1-0 when she beat Taylor Cook at 12:23. It appeared that Corriveau's goal would be enough for Moncton to take this game, but the Tommies pulled the goalie and found the back of the net when Lauren Henman's shot got by Emilie Bouchard with seven seconds to play! That seemed to revitalize the Tommies because Henman would strike again in overtime when she scored at 2:08 to give St. Thomas the 2-1 win! Cook stopped 19 of 20 shots in the win while Bouchard suffered the loss despite making 31 saves.

SAINT MARY'S at UPEI: With Moncton's overtime loss, Saint Mary's had the opportunity to put distance between them and the Huskies on Sunday with a win. UPEI was still playing for pride, so there was a lot on the line for the Huskies. Rebecca Johnson put Saint Mary's up early as she beat Kristy Brown at 2:06. UPEI would find the equalizer at 16:06 of the second period when Emma Martin scored on Rebecca Clark, but Saint Mary's would regain the lead 2:16 later when Breanna Lanceleve found the back of the net. Clark needed no more help as she shut the door on the Panthers to secure the 2-1 victory. Clark made a mere 11 saves in the win while Brown stopped 24 shots in the loss.

MOUNT ALLISON at ST. THOMAS: Neither team could move in the standings, so this game was about going into the playoffs on a winning note. St. Thomas' Kelty Apperson owned the first period as she scored at 8:40 and 13:25 past Keri Martin for the 2-0 lead through one period of play. Alisha Gilbert made it 3-0 for the Tommies with her goal at 18:12 of the second period, and things looked good for St. Thomas through 40 minutes of play.

Mount Allison found life at 13:15 of the third period when Amanda Volcko beat Taylor Cook on the power-play to make it 3-1. Jessica Campbell made things interesting weith her goal at 16:10 to make it a 3-2 game, but Apperton would complete the hat trick with 27 seconds to play with an empty-net goal for the 4-2 victory. Cook stopped 31 of 33 shots for the win while Martin dropped her 11th game of the season.

MONCTON at DALHOUSIE: With St. Thomas winning, Moncton had to match to stay ahead of the Tommies for second-place and a first-round bye. Dalhousie, if they were to win, would face Moncton in the opening round of the playoffs, so Dalhousie was looking to send a message. The only problem? They sent the wrong message.

Katherine Dubuc scored on a 5-on-3 at 9:11 and Kaitlyn Gallaway added another power-play goal at 9:37 to stake the Moncton Aigles Bleues to a 2-0 lead through one period. The lead would be 4-0 through two periods after Katryne Villeneuve added a power-play goal at 9:53 and Dubuc added her second at 13:41. Amelie Dion would make it 5-0 at 14:38 of the third period, but Dalhousie would ruin the shutout as Elizabeth MacArthur scored on the power-play. Despite the late goal, Moncton would take this one by a 5-1 score. Gabrielle Forget recorded the win while Jessica Severeyns was the goalie of record in the loss. Mati Barrett would surrender one goal on 16 shots in relief.

School Record Points GF GA Streak Next
Saint Mary's
35 69 48
34 72 43
St. Thomas
33 64 48
vs DAL
Mount Allison
23 60 69
vs StFX
21 47 58
19 48 66
15 33 61

There are the updates for this week. With playoffs starting in both the CWUAA and the AUS, I'll have full recaps of the games played in those conferences as well as how the playoff picture breaks down in the OUA and the RSEQ. Playoff hockey is starting in the CIS and I couldn't be more excited! See you next week!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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