Women’s first star – Lauryn Keen
Manitoba Bisons hockey
Agricultural and Food Sciences
Game log: Friday, March 16 – goal and an assist in 4-0 W vs. Queen’s in national quarter-final / Saturday, March 17 – 2-1 SOW vs. Concordia in national semifinal / Sunday, March 18 – game-winning goal in 2-0 W vs. Western in national final.
For the first time in the program’s 21-year history, the Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team claimed a national championship. The team won three hard fought games in three days to capture the national title and fourth-year forward Lauryn Keen was a force throughout the championship.
Keen was named the 2018 U SPORTS Championship MVP after registering two goals, including the game-winner in the final, and one assist. Keen was also selected as a championship all-star for her effort during the historic championship run by the Bisons.
In the quarter-final game against No. 8 seeded Queen’s, Keen scored a power play goal and had an assist in a 4-0 win. In a tight checking semifinal contest against No. 4 seed Concordia the next night, Keen was dangerous throughout and had two penalty minutes in a 2-1 shootout victory. In the championship final, Keen saved her best for last as she fired a laser shot in the top corner for the game-winner on the power play during the 2-0 win over the host and No. 3 Western Mustangs on Sunday, March, 18.
The 5-9 forward was a key contributor for the Herd throughout their Canada West and U SPORTS championship runs, as she finished the regular season tied for tenth in CW with 14 points (7G-7A) in 26 games, while adding three assists in five Canada West playoff games.