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Women's Hockey - Queen's at York 20120217

Photos of the Queen's Golden Gaels Women's Hockey team in their 3-2 win to the York Lions in Toronto, ON on February 17, 2012.

All photos are Copyright (c) Jeff Chan 2012, but may be used for personal non-commercial use, and by Queen's University, the CIS and its member conferences, so long as photo credits are shown or the photos are otherwise attributed to Jeff Chan. All other rights are reserved.

By Christopher Lund, Queen's Sports Information

The Queen's Gaels (1-1) got big nights from star players in game two of their OUA playoff series against the York Lions (1-1) on Friday night. The Gaels defeated the Lions by a 3-2 score to force a third and final game of the series.

The first period was a defensive affair as the Gaels narrowly outshot the Lions by a 5-4 margin. The Gaels couldn't capitalize on special teams as they had three had power plays to the Lions one. Neither team could create any offence on the shots they created and they went into the first intermission with a scoreless tie.

The Gaels didn't wait long to strike in the second as Brittany McHaffie of Guelph, Ont., broke the deadlock just 13 seconds into the period. Morgan McHaffie and Katie Duncan of Waterloo, Ont., drew the assists on the goal which put the Gaels up 1-0. York responded immediately as Lisa Stathopolous of Toronto scored 20 seconds after Brittany gave the Gaels the lead to even things at one for the Lions.

The Gaels left the second period with a lead, as they scored on the power play with just under five minutes to play in the frame. Danielle Girard of Sarnia, Ont., took a feed from Kristin Smith of Toronto and beat Megan Lee of Orillia, Ont., in goal for the Lions. The Gaels entered the second intermission with their one goal lead restored at 2-1.

The Gaels doubled their lead early in the third period as Brittany scored her second goal of the game, this time on the power play with Duncan and Morgan picking up the assists once again. York went on the offensive after Brittany's second goal of the game as they outshot the Gaels 15-7 in the period. They were rewarded with a power play goal of their own as Katrina Tollis of Hamilton, Ont., beat Mel Dodd-Moher of Stittsville, Ont., to make it a one goal game once again. York pushed frantically to tie the game before time expired and for a moment appeared to have equalized, but time had expired on the game clock and the Gaels earned the victory.

Dodd-Moher was solid in goal for the Gaels, turning aside 28 of 30 shots put on goal by York. At the other end of the rink, Lee was less busy but only stopped 20 of 23 to take the loss for the Lions. Brittany's goal stood as the winner for the Gaels who have now forced a third and deciding game back in Kingston.

The Gaels and Lions will look to settle the series at the Memorial Centre in game three on February 19. Puck drop is scheduled for 4:30 pm.

ICE CHIPS: Both teams spent plenty of time in the penalty box as they combined for 15 minor penalties and 30 minutes in the box…The Gaels were the more effective team on the power play with two goals in seven opportunities…The Lions were held to one for six on the power play…The Gaels had three multipoint scorers on the night as Brittany and Morgan McHaffie, and Katie Duncan each finished the night with two points apiece.
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