Gryphon women edged in shootout at national tourney
NAPANEE – There’ll be no medal for the Guelph Gryphons at the U Sports national university women’s hockey championship tournament.
The OUA champion Gryphs, seeded No. 2 at the national tournament, were edged 4-3 in a shootout by the seventh-seeded Concordia Stingers of Montreal in the fourth and final quarter-final Friday at the Strathcona Paper Centre.
The loss drops the Gryphs into the consolation round and means the highest they can finish is fifth, the position they finished at the national tournament in 2015. They were fourth last year.
The shootout loss ruined a third-period comeback by the Gryphs that forced an overtime period that went scoreless and then the shootout.
The Gryphs had grabbed the early lead when Kaitlin Lowy scored the only goal of the first period.
Concordia, the Quebec finalists, shot ahead with three goals in a span of five and a half minutes just past the midway point of the second period. Caroll-Anne Gagne, Brigitte Laganiere on a power play and Sophie Gagnon collected those goals.
The Gryphs narrowed the gap to a single goal when Katherine Bailey scored at 9:16 of the third.
Stephanie Gava squared the score exactly four minutes later.
Mallory Young, Claire Merrick, Sydney Davison and Brittany St. James each had an assist for the locals.
Concordia won the game by scoring twice on three shots in the shootout while Lowt scored Guelph’s lone goal on three shots. Keriann Schofield and Claudia Dubois scored the goals for the Stingers.
Valerie Lamenta faced 38 shots in the Guelph net while Katherine Purchase stopped 19 in the Concordia net.
Each team was assessed two minor penalties in the game.
The Gryphs are to play the third-seeded Saint Mary’s Huskies in the consolation semifinals Saturday at 11 a.m. Atlantic champion Saint Mary’s had been edged 2-1 by the sixth-seeded Alberta Pandas, the Canada West finalists, earlier Friday.
Saturday’s semifinals pit the top-seeded UBC Thunderbirds, the Canada West champions, against the Quebec champion McGill Martlets, the fourth seeds, at 3 p.m. and Concordia against Alberta at 7 p.m.
The consolation final is set for Sunday at 11 a.m. and is to be followed by the bronze-medal game at 3 p.m. and the championship gold-medal game at 7 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal