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Women's Hockey - Queen's vs. UBC 20130310
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QUEEN'S 1, UBC 2
UBC TOPS GAELS 2-1 IN CONSOLATION FINAL
By Shawn MacDonald, Queen's Sports Information
The No. 3 seed Queen's Gaels closed out their season on Sunday in Toronto at the CIS Championship falling 2-1 to No. 4 UBC. The consolation final game came down to the wire, but the Gaels were not able to notch an equalizer late in the game with UBC hanging on for the win to finish 5th.
Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wice/index
The eventual game-winner was scored by Genevieve Carpenter-Boesch of Regina, Sask., who wired a shot from the high slot into the top corner of the net. Assists on the score came from Rebecca Unrau (Humboldt, Sask.) and Cailey Hay (Oakbank, Man.) and was notched a mere 38 seconds after UBC broke the scoreless tie.
It was the first two-goal lead of the tournament for UBC, who made their inaugural appearance at the CIS championship this season. The Thunderbirds capped off an incredible 2012-13 campaign, going 1-2 after winning their first Canada West title versus the Calgary Dinos a week ago.
Graham Thomas was recognized as the CIS coach of the year for leading the Thunderbirds to one of the biggest turnaround in CIS women's hockey history following a 1-22-2 record last year.
“They all really wanted it and the one thing that we are extremely proud of is how many goals we met and what we've accomplished this year,” said Thomas. “We wanted to win for the first time ever at the national event and represent UBC well.”
The game was scoreless for the first 35 minutes as each team failed to convert on four power plays opportunities apiece. UBC opened the scoring with 4:06 remaining in the second period as Kelsey Halvorson (Armstrong, B.C.) started a pretty passing play from the point, finding Unrau on the left halfboards before Nadine Burgess (St. Catharines, Ont.) found mesh. The third-year forward was in the slot when she tipped the pass just over the glove Gaels netminder Mel Dodd-Moher (Stittsville, Ont.) to give UBC a 1-0 lead.
Each goalie was tested time and time again as special teams played a huge part in the contest. Samantha Langford of Pense, Sask., made 24 stops, while Dodd-Moher had 18 saves on the day.
The teams went a combined 1-for-18 with the extra attacker. The lone powerplay score came on a Gaels 5-on-3 early in the third when Brittany McHaffie found the net on a feed from Katie Duncan and Alisha Sealey.
Langford came up three huge stops in the final minutes, posting three kick saves during a 5-on-3 advantage, to secure the win for the T-Birds.
“It was a physical game,” said Gaels head coach Matt Holmberg. “We had plenty of powerplays but just weren't able to capitalize. They had a couple of good shots in the second and we weren't able to finish in front of the net. Overall I'm proud of the way the team played all year long.”
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