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Women's Hockey - Queen's vs. Alberta 20110311

Photos of the Queen's Golden Gaels Women's Hockey team in their 2-1 shootout win over the defending champion Alberta Pandas at the 2011 CIS Nationals played at the Waterloo Recreation Complex, Waterloo, ON on Friday, March 11, 2011.

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Kelsey Thomson of Martintown, Ont., netted the shootout winner as the fourth seeded Queen's Gaels defeated the defending CIS champions Alberta Pandas 2-1 in their opening game of the CIS Women's Hockey Championship hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University.

This was the Queen's sixth consecutive overtime victory in the 2010-11 playoffs – and first ever win at the CIS women's hockey championship. It also pushes Queen's winning streak to 12 consecutive games.

“I'm so proud of them,” said Queen's head coach Matt Holmberg. “At the beginning of the game there was a bit of nervousness, Alberta is a great team, and we managed to weather the early storm.”

Queen's goalie Mel Dodd-Moher of Stittsville, Ont. stopped all three shooters in the shootout as well as 34 shots in the game.

The Gaels got off to a strong start on a 5-on-3 power play, scoring to attain their first lead of the post-season. Elizabeth Kench of Gananoque, Que., notched Queen's first goal at a CIS championship after beating a defender to get to the high slot.

At the end of the first period the Gaels had outshot the Pandas 10-8. Alberta dominated the play early, but the goal energized the Gaels who raised their level of play to keep pace with the Pandas.

The Pandas got on the board in the second period with a 5-on-3 power play of their own. Leah Copeland of Edmonton squeezed a shot through Dodd-Moher's pads from the side of the net. Shots in the second favoured Alberta 12-9 as they went 1-for-3 with the man-advantage.

With 1:56 left in the period Copeland took an elbowing penalty, but the Gaels couldn't capitalize sending the team to their sixth straight overtime in the post season.

Entering the game, Queen's had played 178:42 minutes in overtime this post season, including the longest game in collegiate history, prior to this game. Nothing was resolved in the ten minutes of overtime, so the match went to a shootout.

“We have the determination that we aren't going to lose,” said Dodd-Moher. “When we go into overtime, we aren't scared.” Queen's was 1-for-3 in shootouts this season, while the Pandas were 1-for-2. Thomson was the first shooter and beat Kanesa Schwetz of Waskatenau, AB. That goal would stand up as the winner as Dodd-Moher shut the door on all three Panda shooters.

“I think we all feel we could have done a better job when the result isn't the result you want,” said Alberta head coach Howie Draper.

The Gaels will now take on the McGill Martlets on Saturday, March 12 at 4 p.m. with the winner playing in the gold medal match on Sunday evening. Alberta will finish last in Pool A and play in the fifth place game on Sunday, March 13th at noon.

NOTES: The Gaels' playoff results so far are as follow: OUA quarter-final: Queen's 2, Windsor 1 in 2OT (20:34 of OT); OUA semifinal Game 1: Queen's 2, Laurier 1 in 2OT (13:24 of OT); OUA semifinal Game 2: Queen's 2, Laurier 1in 2 OT (27:31 of OT); OUA final Game 1: Queen's 2, Guelph 1 in 6OT (107:14of OT); OUA final Game 2: Queen's 3, Guelph 2 in OT (9:59 of OT); CIS Championships (Game 2-Pool A): Queen's 2, Alberta 1 in SO; TOTAL: 188:42 of overtime since playoff started.


Queen's 2, Alberta 1


1. Que, Elizabeth Kench (1) (Becky Conroy, Kristin Smith), 5:10 (PP).

Andrea Boras (Alb) tripping, 3:47;
Alana Cabana (Alb) cross checking, 4:32;
Elizabeth Kench (Que) slashing, 14:42;
Morgan McHaffie (Que) roughing, 20:00.


2. Alb, Leah Copeland (2) (Alana Cabana, Andrea Weibe), 12:35 (PP);

Becky Conroy (Que) hooking, 12:05;
Kelly Eustace (Que) roughing, 12:05;
Alana Cabana (Alb) holding the stick, 14:06;
Alex Cieslowski (Que) elbowing, 15:48;
Alana Cabana (Alb) roughing, 20:00.



Leah Copeland (Alb) elbowing, 18:04.




Que Kelsey Thomson - GOAL
Alb Katie Borbely - missed
Que Becky Conroy - missed
Alb Karla Bourke - missed
Que Elizabeth Kench - missed
Alb Leah Copeland - missed

GOALS (by period)
Que 1 0 0 0 1 - 2
Alb 0 1 0 0 0 - 1

SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
Que 10-9-3-7-29
Alb 8-12-9-6-35

Que 1-5
Alb 1-5

Que, Mel Dodd-Moher (W, 1-0, 35 shots, 34 saves, 70:00)
Alb, Kanese Shwetz (L, 0-2, 29 shots, 28 saves, 70:00)

Que: Mel Dodd-Moher
Alb: Nicole Pratt


Team Destiny sprinkled some pixie dust into the Waterloo Memorial Rec Complex on Friday. The Queen’s Golden Gaels won an improbable 12th straight game, or their sixth consecutive in extra time or beyond. The team nobody much expected to be here needed a shootout to turn back the defending national champion Alberta Pandas 2-1 in pool play at the Canadian Interuniversity Sports women’s hockey championship.

Queen’s win sets up an intriguing date with the undefeated and top-seeded McGill Martlets on Saturday at 4 p.m. The winner of that game advances to Sunday’s 7:30 p.m. title game. All games are at the Rec Complex. Queen’s goalie Mel Dodd-Moher, the backbone of her team, said the Gaels relish their role as underdogs. “Nothing but excitement. I’m not scared at all,” she said of the Martlets.

On Friday, Queen’s Elizabeth Kench and Alberta’s Leah Copeland scored in regulation time. Gaels left winger Kelsey Thomson scored the only goal in the shootout.

Panda blueliner Nicole Pratt, of High Prairie, Alta., said her team was fatigued from Thursday night’s 4-2 loss to McGill. “We were pretty beaten up and bruised from McGill. Queen’s didn’t play (Thursday) so (that) gave them a bit of an advantage.” [Boo hoo]

Queen’s coach Matt Holmberg said his cardiac kids are starting to believe. “At the beginning of (Friday’s) game, they were a little jittery, a little nervous. We weathered the storm and then we realized we do deserve to be here.”

The Gaels dashed the Laurier Golden Hawks’ dreams of an unprecedented eighth consecutive Ontario title earlier this month. Queen’s has now survived 14 overtime periods through these playoffs.

Most impressively, the Gaels skated their way into the history books when they won the longest collegiate game in history earlier this month. It took nine periods – or 167 minutes and 14 seconds – for Queen’s to notch a 2-1 victory over Guelph. The puck that decided that game, from the stick of Morgan McHaffie, is destined for the Hockey Hall of Fame. The hall will have to wait for her stick and jersey. Those items are still in use at this six-team tourney.
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