CIS championship: Moncton edges Manitoba for bronze

ANTIGONISH, N.S. (CIS) - Mariève Provost of Laval, Que., scored the game-winner in a shootout as the fourth-seeded Moncton Aigles Bleues captured the Atlantic conference's first-ever medal at the CIS women's hockey championship with a 3-2 bronze-medal win over the No. 3 Manitoba Bisons, Sunday afternoon, at the Keating Centre on the campus of StFX University.

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The AUS champion Aigles Bleues (2-1), second in Pool B at the end of round-robin play following a 2-1 overtime victory over No. 6 Ottawa and a 5-3 loss to No. 2 Laurier, improve from a fifth-place finish in their only previous appearance at the national tournament in 2007.

Canada West champion Manitoba (1-2), second in Pool A after a 2-1 OT loss to No. 1 McGill and a 2-1 shootout win over No. 5 StFX, was vying for a fourth bronze medal in four appearances at Nationals, following third-place finishes in 2008, 2007 and 2005. The Bisons, who needed three extra periods to edge Manitoba in the decisive game of the Canada West final a week ago, end the season on a streak of four straight OT matches.

Provost, a two-time first-team all-Canadian in her three seasons at Moncton, was the only shooter to find the back of the net in the penalty-shot session. After the first three skaters from each team had been stopped, the five-foot-five forward sent a snapshot over the glove of second-team all-Canadian goaltender Stacey Corfield of Winnipeg.

Following one more failed attempt on each side, second-year Moncton netminder Kathy Desjardins of Loretteville, Que., stood tall against forward Becca King of Thunder Bay, Ont., sliding to her left to make the game-clinching save.

Desjardins was named the Aigles Bleues player of the match and showed all afternoon why she became the first goaltender in history to be chosen AUS most valuable player this season. She finished with 34 saves and kept her best work for the third period, when Moncton was outshot 13-6, and for the 10-minute overtime, when Manitoba fired the first eight shots.

Desjardins' exploits allowed the Aigles Bleues to overcome a two-goal deficit after 40 minutes.

Provost brought Moncton back to within one 61 seconds into the third stanza with her second marker of the championship, and freshman Janie LeBlanc of Balmoral, N.B., tied it at 2 all at 11:19 on a nice give-and-go with Johannie Thibeault of Campbellton, N.B.

Sophomore Addie Miles of Winnipeg had opened the scoring for Manitoba 7:22 into the contest during a power play, while rookie Sarah Francis of Red Deer, Alta., gave the Bisons a two-goal cushion at 9:34 of the second frame.

Both teams had glorious chances to seal the win in the final minutes of the extra period.

Miles went on a clear breakaway with just over two minutes left but hit the post. Provost was sent all alone seconds later but was denied by Corfield. A Moncton shot ended on the post in the final minute.

Corfield finished with 22 saves, including three in overtime. Fifth-year senior Brenna Leary of Winnipeg was named Manitoba game MVP.

The Bisons went 1-for-6 on the power play, while the Aigles Bleues were blanked in four opportunities.


Moncton 3, Manitoba 2 (shootout - 1-0 in SO)



1. MAN Addie Miles (1) (Chantal DeSpiegelaere, Sarah Stebeleski), 7:22 PP


Marie-Ève Couture (UdeM) body checking; 2:07; Joanie Dubois (UdeM) roughing, 5:59; Tammy Brade (MAN) body checking, 13:59; Nellie Minshull (MAN) hooking, 18:05



2. MAN Sarah Francis (1) (Meghan Ross, Amanda Schnell), 9:34.


Jill Stockton (UdeM) holding, 3:55; Tammy Brade (MAN) interference, 7:02; Kacey Funk (MAN) holding, 12:01; Janie LeBlanc (UdeM) tripping, 12:20; Valérie Boisclair (UdeM) slashing, 18:35.



3. UdeM Mariève Provost (1) (Geneviève David, Kayla Landry), 1:01
4. UdeM Janie LeBlanc (1) (Johannie Thibeault), 11:19


Valérie Boisclair (UdeM) body checking, 3:55



No scoring.


Sarah Stebeleski (MAN) roughing, 3:29; Marie-Pier Plourde (UdeM) roughing, 3:29


UdeM Marie-Hélène Plourde - missed
MAN Nellie Minshull - missed
UdeM Johannie Thibault - missed
MAN Tammy Brade - missed
UdeM Kristine LaBrie - missed
MAN Sarah Stebeleski - missed
UdeM Mariève Provost - SCORED
MAN Addie Miles - missed
UdeM Valérie Boisclair - missed
MAN Becca King - missed

GOALS (by period)
UdeM: 0-0-2-0-1:3
MAN: 1-1-0-0-0:2

SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
UdeM: 9-6-6-3-0:24
MAN: 8-7-13-8-0:36

UdeM: 0-4
MAN: 1-6

UdeM - Kathy Desjardins (W, 2-1, 36 shots, 34 saves, 70:00)
MAN - Stacey Corfield (L, 1-0-1-1, 24 shots, 22 saves, 70:00)

UdeM: Kathy Desjardins
MAN: Brenna Leary

REFEREE: Melanie Bordeleau

LINESMEN: Brittany O'Neil, Meagan Mallette


SCHEDULE & RESULTS (All times LOCAL: Atlantic Time)

Pool A
1. McGill
3. Manitoba
5. StFX

Pool B
2. Wilfrid Laurier
4. Moncton
6. Ottawa

Thursday, March 19
Pool B #1: No. 2 Wilfrid Laurier 6, No. 6 Ottawa 1
Pool A #1: No. 1 McGill 2, No. 3 Manitoba 1 (OT)

Friday, March 20
Pool B #2: No. 4 Moncton 2, No. 6 Ottawa 1 (OT)
Pool A #2: No. 3 Manitoba 2, No. 5 StFX 1 (SO)

Saturday, March 21
Pool B #3: No. 2 Wilfrid Laurier 5, No. 4 Moncton 3
Pool A #3: No. 1 McGill 5, No. 5 StFX 1

Sunday, March 22
5th Place: No. 5 StFX 5, No. 6 Ottawa 4 (OT)
Bronze: No. 4 Moncton 3, No. 3 Manitoba 2 (SO)
20:00 Final: No. 2 Wilfrid Laurier vs. No. 1 McGill (THE SCORE * / SSN Canada webcast)

* 2-hour tape delay to 10 pm Atlantic / 9 pm Eastern