Donna Cumming, Dinos Athletics
CALGARY – The University of Montreal Carabins defeated the host team, the University of Calgary Dinos by a 4-0 margin in the fourth and final game of the quarterfinals at the 2016 CIS National Championships on Friday, March 18.
The shutout victory gave the number two ranked Carabins the last berth in tomorrow's second semi-final against Saint Mary's University at 5:30 p.m. MT. The semi-final match ups will be available online at www.cis-sic.tv and live on SportsnetOne. The Dinos will face the Western University Mustangs at 10 a.m. MT tomorrow morning.
The Montreal Carabins took a bronze medal at the CIS Championships in 2015, after a tough 2-0 loss to the Western Mustangs in the semi-final. They could potentially improve on last year's performance with a victory in tomorrow's game. In their second consecutive year hosting the National Championship, the Dinos were unable to advance in front of a home crowd for the second straight year. They will look to get a victory tomorrow morning for a chance to play the Tommies in the consolation final.
"I think we were a bit nervous, we were anxious to play since we didn't play last weekend," said Carabins head coach, Isabelle Leclaire. "Once we scored the first goal we found our second speed. I think we have stuff we need to adjust because defensively we didn't do as well as we can. We're going to be ready for whatever our opponent brings."
The Montreal veterans came up big for their team tonight. Fourth year forward Audrey Gariepy led the way with two goals and an assist, followed by fifth year Ariane Barker with two goals and a goal and an assist from Casandra Dupuis.
Carabins goaltender Marie-Pier Chabot had a 25 save shutout.
"We didn't allow that many shots on net, but sometimes you allow good quality shots when you have a good opponent," explained Leclaire. "In that way I think she made a huge difference."
Montreal opened the scoring on a 2 on 1 rush where Catherine Dubois made a cross ice pass to give Barker an easy tap in. Gariepy buried a rebound over the shoulder of Dinos goaltender, Hayley Dowling, to make it 2-0 after the first period.
The Carabins added to their lead late in the middle frame when a wrist shot from Dupuis squeaked under the arm of Dowling. Barker gave her team an empty net insurance goal at 17:06 of the third, to make it a 4-0 final.
"We knew Montreal was a good team and we played the kind of game that we wanted," said Dinos head coach, Danielle Goyette. "We didn't have the bounces on our side tonight. We never gave up, but at the end of the day, the better team won tonight. I have to give them credit, they played really well. They didn't get a lot of shots, but when they had the chance to put it in, they did. It's disappointing, but it's not because we didn't work hard."
Marie-Pier Chabot's shutout victory got her the Player of the Game award for the Montreal Carabins, while Sasha Vafina earned the title for the Dinos.