BRONZE CIS championship: Gaels earn bronze with 1-0 win over Hawks

BRONZE CIS championship: Gaels earn bronze with 1-0 win over Hawks

WATERLOO, Ont. (CIS) – Kerstin van Bolderen of Medina, Ohio scored with 1:51 left in the third period to lift the Queen’s Gaels to a 1-0 win over the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks for the CIS bronze medal.

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“We’re pretty happy, it’s a good feeling”, said Queen’s goaltender Mel Dodd-Moher (Stittsville, Ont.) following the game. “Both teams had a lot of shots and it kept it exciting.”

The Queen’s Gaels got the first power play opportunity on a Katherine Shirriff (Carrying Place, Ont.) tripping call and generated a couple scoring chances from it. After the man-advantage, the Golden Hawks best scoring chance came on a 2-on-1, but the Gaels Dodd-Moher made the save and then another on the rebound. Laurier continued to apply pressure to the second year netminder, as Tammy Freiburger (Wingham, Ont.) created a turnover and then wired a shot to the corner, but Dodd-Moher’s glove hand was there.

Laurier received a 5-on-3 late in the first period when both Brittany McHaffie (Guelph, Ont.) and van Bolderen were called for interference one minute apart. The Gaels successfully killed off both penalties. Queen’s received a power play of their own in the final minutes of the frame and Kelsey Thomson (Martintown, Ont.) rang a shot off the post, but the OUA champions couldn’t find a way to solve Liz Knox (Stouffville, Ont.) in the first. At the end of one, the Gaels held a 12-9 shot advantage over the Hawks.

Queen’s started off the second period with another power play, allowing Alex Cieslowski (Oakville, Ont.) to wire a shot from the top of the circle. Knox’s quick glove made the save to keep the game tied at zero. Laurier then received another short 5-on-3, but couldn’t find a way to get the puck past Dodd-Moher.

Midway through the second each team took a penalty, six seconds apart. In four-on-four play Laura Brooker (Fergus, Ont.) beat two defenders and dished it off to Fiona Lester whose shot went wide of the net. A few seconds later first year forward Andrea Shapero (Toronto, Ont.) was taken down by Michelle Hunt (Mississauga, Ont.) and Laurier was awarded a penalty shot. Shapero went stick side, but Mel Dodd-Moher was there to make the save. At the end of two periods of play, both teams were 0-for-6 with the man-advantage, while Laurier outshot Queen’s 14-4 in the frame.

Laurier continued to put the pressure on the Gaels early in the third period, but Queen’s strong defensive play and shot blocking prevented the Golden Hawks from getting many scoring chances through to the net. Queen’s took a penalty late in the frame, but even with a flurry of shots, the Hawks couldn’t beat Dodd-Moher.

With less than two minutes remaining, van Bolderen took a feed from Elizabeth Kench of Gananoque, Ont., and backhanded the puck into the top corner past Knox for the win.

“It’s disappointing,” said fifth year Laurier netminder Liz Knox. “You have to give a lot of credit to Queen’s they are a very good team. We have a lot of respect for them and we knew it was going to be a tough game.”

The win gives the Gaels their first CIS women’s hockey medal in their history.

“Queen’s hasn’t really been recognized at a national level at all, so this is exciting,” concluded Dodd-Moher.


Queen’s 1, Laurier 0



Katherine Shirriff (Wlu) tripping, 0:57;
Alannah Wakefield (Wlu) interference, 9:57;
Brittany McHaffie (Que) interference, 11:23;
Kerstin van Bolderen (Que) interference 12:28;
Devon Skeats (Wlu) interference, 15:13.



Laura Brooker (Wlu) body checking, 2:10;
Shelby Aitcheson (Que) elbowing, 3:50;
Katie Duncan (Que) high sticking, 5:19;
Shelby Aitcheson (Que) body checking, 12:15;
Vanessa Schabkar (Wlu) interference, 13:55;
Katherine Shirriff (Wlu) roughing, 17:23;
Elizabeth Kench (Que) tripping, 17:29;
Devon Skeats (Wlu) hooking, 19:38.


1. Kerstin van Bolderen (1) (Elizabeth Kench), 18:09;

Morgan McHaffie (Que) tripping, 13:09;
Becky Conroy (Que), holding, 18:33;
Alannah Wakefield (Wlu), cross checking, 19:41;
Kelsey Thomspn (Que), body checking,  19:54;

GOALS (by period)
Wlu 0 0 0 - 0
Que 0 0 1 - 1

SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
Wlu 9-14-10-33
Que 12-4-11-27

Wlu 0-9
Que 0-8

Que, Mel Dodd-Moher (W, 2-1, 33 shots, 33 saves, 60:00)
Wlu, Liz Knox (L, 1-2, 27 shots, 26 saves, 58:46)
Wlu, Empty Net (0 shots, 0 saves, 1:14)

Wlu: Katherine Shirriff
Que: Kerstin van Bolderen

REFEREE: Chris Pellerin

LINESMEN: Jen McMahon, Lysanne Patry



NOTE 1: All games webcast live by SSN Canada on
NOTE 2: All games at Waterloo Memorial Recreational Complex

1. McGill 2 2 0 0 0 7 3 6
2. Queen’s 2 0 1 0 1 3 4 2
3. Alberta 2 0 0 1 1 3 6 1

1. StFX  2 2 0 0 0 8 6 6
2. Laurier 2 1 0 0 1 7 4 3
3. Manitoba 2 0 0 0 2 3 8 0

Thursday, March 10
16:00 Pool A #1: No. 6 Alberta (2) vs. No. 1 McGill (4)
19:30 Pool B #1: No. 5 Laurier vs. No. 2 StFX

Friday, March 11
16:00 Pool A #2: Alberta vs. No. 4 Queen’s
19:30 Pool B #2: Laurier vs. No. 3 Manitoba

Saturday, March 12
16:00 Pool A #3: McGill vs. No. 4 Queen’s
19:30 Pool B #3: StFX vs. No. 3 Manitoba

Sunday, March 13
12:00 5th Place – Alberta vs Manitoba
16:00 Bronze – Laurier vs Queen’s
19:30 Final – StFX vs McGill