CALGARY (CIS) – Marie-Pier Arsenault's two goals for the seventh-seeded Moncton Aigles Bleues helped them to overcome the No. 4 Alberta Pandas 4-1 in the second consolation semi-final Saturday morning at the 2015 CIS women's hockey championship in Calgary.
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Arsenault and fourth-year Amélie Dion both found their names on the score sheet several times. Moncton headed into the second period down a goal to comeback and take the game 4-1 with two goals in both the second and third period to advance to the national consolation final for a chance at fifth place.
Moncton will now face Guelph in the consolation final Sunday morning at 11 a.m. MT (1 p.m. ET) at the Markin MacPhail Centre.
"Tomorrow is a pride game, it's to make a point that all conferences are strong, tomorrow is going to be a showdown," explained Ross. "We want to come out with a win, it's the last game of the season."
The game-winner was Dion's second tally of the tournament, after Arsenault tied the game at one just over a minute into the second period. Dion picked up the lone assist on the play.
"Dion has been our best skater all year," said Moncton head coach Denis Ross. "She's consistent and positive and she's always moving forward. She's a leader on the ice."
Alberta looked to bounce back after last nights heartbreaking quarterfinal loss against the Montreal Carabins, where they fell 4-3 after the go-ahead goal went in off of one of their own players skate. Managing to get on the scoreboard first, Jessica Kampjes followed a two-on-one play up the ice to put in Amy Helfrich's rebound over the pad of Moncton's Émilie Bouchard. That would be Alberta's only goal of the contest.
Moncton dominated the second period hemming Alberta into their own zone. Arsenault tied it early in the second. Dion sniped the second goal past the glove of Lindsey Tapp with just three minutes left in the second period.
The Aigles Bleues added two more to reaffirm their victory in the third period. After Post stopped Kaitlyn Gallaway's initial shot a scrum ensued in front of the net before Marie-Pier Corriveau poked the puck over the line 10:55 into the third on the power play. Arsenault beat Post once more on the high glove side to close out the game.
"We were tired and banged up coming into this tournament. I don't want to take anything away from Moncton they played a great game. We knew they were a hard working team," said Alberta head coach Howie Draper. "Today we couldn't match their energy or fight."
Despite outshooting Moncton 18-16, Alberta wasn't able to generate any quality chances on Bouchard. Moncton was 1-5 on the power play while Alberta was 0-1.
Bouchard turned away 17 shots to help her team to victory, while Post saved 12 shots in a losing cause for the Pandas. Alison Campbell and Amélie Dion earned the respective player-of-the-game honours for their teams.
1. ALB Jessica Kampjes (1) (Amy Helfrich), 12:22
Kampjes (ALB) hooking, 7:40;
Toth (ALB) roughing, 16:26;
Altheim (ALB) tripping, 19:17.
2. MCT Marie-Pier Arsenault (1) (Amelie Dion), 1:52 3. MCT Amelie Dion (2) (Marie-Pier Arsenault), 17:26
Lavallee (ALB) holding opp. stick, 11:54; Arsenault (MCT) hooking, 18:58.
4. MCT Marie-Pier Corriveau (1) (Kaitlyn Gallaway, Katryne Villeneuve), 10:55 PP 5. MCT Marie-Pier Arsenault (2) (Catherine Dumas, Natacha Bergeron), 17:23
Kelly (ALB) interference, 10:19.
GOALS (by period)
MCT 0-2-2: 4
ALB 1-0-0: 1
SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
MCT 3-5-8: 16
ALB 6-5-7: 18
MCT – Emilie Bouchard (W, 1-0, 18 shots, 17 saves, 1 GA, 60:00) ALB – Lindsey Post (L, 0-2, 16 shots, 12 saves, 4 GA, 60:00)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
MCT: Amelie Dion
ALB: Alison Campbell
REFEREE: Brandy Dewar
LINESMEN: Kaylah Kreiger, Alana Cabana
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times MOUNTAIN TIME)
Thursday, March 12
15:00 Quarter-final 1: StFX 4, Guelph 3
19:00 Quarter-final 2: McGill 8, Calgary 2
Friday, March 13
11:00 Consolation 1: Guelph 4, Calgary 2
15:00 Quarter-final 3: Western 3, Moncton 1
19:00 Quarter-final 4: Montreal 4, Alberta 3
Saturday, March 14
11:00 Consolation 2: Moncton 4, Alberta 1
15:00 Semifinal 1: No. 4 StFX vs. No. 1 McGill (Sportsnet ONE / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *
18:30 Semifinal 2: No. 2 Western vs. No. 6 Montréal (Sportsnet ONE / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *
Sunday, March 15
11:00 5th-place game: No. 5 Guelph vs No. 7 Moncton (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
14:30 Bronze (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:00 Final (Sportsnet 360 & ONE / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *
* The webcast of the semifinals & final are on pay-per-view basis.
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