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Women's Hockey - Queen's at Laurier 20140226
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QUEEN'S 2, LAURIER 1 (OT)
WAKEFIELD OT GOAL GIVES NO. 8 GAELS 2-1 WIN OVER NO. 4 LAURIER AND CHANCE TO CLINCH OUA CHAMPIONSHIP AT HOME ON FRIDAY
By Shawn MacDonald, Queen's Sports Information
Jessica Wakefield (Lucan, Ont.) scored at 8:30 into overtime on the powerplay to give the No.8 Gaels a 2-1 win on the road and a 1-0 series advantage in their best-of-three with No.4 Laurier Wednesday night.
The series will now shift to Kingston where Queen's will look to secure the OUA title and CIS Championship berth on home ice at the Memorial Centre Friday afternnoon at 3pm. Tickets are available at http://www.gogaelsgo.com/tickets.
The Gaels outshot Laurier in the first period by a nine to five margin thanks in part to a pair of powerplay opportunities. Laurier starting goaltender Amanda Smith was up to the task though keeping the game scoreless after 20 minutes of play in Waterloo.
The second saw the two teams continue to lock down defensively and keep most of the shots on goal to the outside. Gaels netminder Mel Dodd-Moher (Stittsville, Ont.) had most of the work in the period stopping seven shots while Smith added four more saves for the Golden Hawks.
Queen's finally broke through in the third period as Taryn Pilon (Peterborough, Ont.) scored her second goal of the playoffs at 11:30 to give the Gaels a 1-0 lead in a tight defensive game. Morgan McHaffie (Guelph, Ont.) and Micaela Smith (Cobourg, Ont.) added the assists on the goal. The Golden Hawks would not give in late in the game. With their backs against the wall at home and the goaltender pulled Laurier forced the puck in front of the Gaels net and with 5.9 seconds left Blair Connelly beat Dodd-Moher to even the game at 1-1.
The game headed to overtime and the two teams transitioned back into their defensive play. Queen's caught a break however as Dollee Meigs got called for a tripping penalty giving Queen's a powerplay chance.
A minute and a half into the powerplay Alisha Sealey (Elora, Ont.) fired a point shot on net. The puck bounced out to Wakefield at the side of the goal and she made no mistake as she buried her third goal of the playoffs to give the Gaels the win.
Dodd-Moher was sharp again for the Gaels stopping 22 of 23 shots faced for the win.
Queen's now returns home on Friday for game two as they look to win their second straight OUA title and third in four years.
JESSICA WAKEFIELD SCORES IN OVERTIME AS GAELS UPSET LAURIER 2-1
By Claude Scilley, SportKingston
A power-play goal by Jessica Wakefield in the ninth minute of overtime Wednesday gave the Queen’s Golden Gaels a 2-1 win over the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in the opening game of the Ontario University Athletics women’s hockey final in Waterloo.
Stationed at the side of the net, Wakefield cashed the rebound of a shot from the point by Alisha Sealey with just 28 seconds left in the Laurier penalty.
The defending champion Gaels can win their third conference championship in the last four years Friday afternoon, when they will host the Hawks in the second game of the best-of-three series at 3 o’clock at the Memorial Centre.
The first 51 minutes of Wednesday night’s game were scoreless, until a Laurier turnover at the Queen’s blue line led to a goal by Taryn Pilon for Queen’s with eight and a half minutes remaining in the game. It appeared that goal might stand up until Laurier’s Blair Connelly scored with 5.9 seconds remaining in the third period.
For the defender Connelly, who shares the league playoff scoring lead with seven points — matching her regular-season total — it was her third goal of the post-season.
Queen’s outshot the home team 4-1 in overtime, as the Gaels won for the third time in four overtime games this post-season.
Goaltender Mel Dodd-Moher, in collecting her fifth win in a row, lowered her playoff goals-against average to 1.07 and raised her save percentage to .955 as she out-duelled Laurier’s Amanda Smith. Each team had 23 shots on goal.
For the rookie Wakefield, it was her third goal of the playoffs. She also assisted on an overtime goal by Kyla Crouse that won Game 2 of the Gaels’ first-round series with Windsor.
This was the first time this year Queen’s, 16-4-4 and the eighth-ranked team in Canada, defeated No. 4 Laurier, 18-3-3. Laurier won both regular-season meetings, one in overtime and the other in a shootout. This victory, however, was the third in a row for the Gaels over the Hawks in post-season play, dating to 2011. The previous two were also 2-1 overtime decisions.
Laurier has won nine of the 12 league titles since 2002, and this is the third time the Hawks and Gaels have met for the league championship. Laurier won the two previous times, in 2007 and 2004
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