CIS hockey: Top-ranked Gryphons win women's tourney opener
Nooren scores twice vs. St. Thomas, Lamenta earns shutout
Averi Nooren scored twice to lift the top-ranked Guelph Gryphons to a 3-0 quarter-final win over St. Thomas at the CIS women's hockey championship Thursday in Calgary.
Katherine Bailey assisted on both goals while Marcie Landman also scored for Guelph. Jessica Pellegrino added a pair of assists.
Valerie Lamenta made 18 saves in the shutout. The sophomore was named Ontario University Athletics MVP in her first season after leading the country in goals-against average (0.99) and save percentage (.957).
Taylor Cook stopped 26 shots in the eighth-ranked Tommies' net.
Nation's best defence
The Gryphons, who boast the nation's best defence (1.23 goals per game) and second-best offence (3.25 gpg) are gunning for their first CIS women's hockey crown after enjoying their best season in program history.
The Gryphons finished atop the CIS this season with a 21-2-1 record. They captured their first conference banner since 1998 with five wins in six playoff games, including a 5-1 victory over the University of Western Ontario in the McCaw Cup final.
UBC 4, McGill 2
Kathleen Cahoon scored twice to lead No. 4 University of British Columbia to a 4-2 win over No. 5 McGill.
Hannah Clayton-Carroll and Logan Boyd also scored for the Thunderbirds, while Danielle Dube made 32 saves.
Gabrielle Davidson and Melodie Daoust scored for McGill. Taylor Hough stopped 17 shots.
The quarter-finals wrap Friday with No. 6 Western versus No. 3 Saint Mary's (5 p.m. ET) and No. 7 Calgary versus No. 2 Montreal (9 p.m.).
The semifinals are slated for Saturday at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The gold-medal contest is Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
In Halifax, Parker Thomas scored in the fourth overtime, and the No. 2 Saskatchewan Huskies avoided an upset at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men's hockey tournament with a 3-2 win over No. 7 Carleton on Thursday.
Thomas picked up a rebound at the edge of the crease and put a backhand shot into an open net at 6:11 of the fourth extra period in what became the longest CIS championship game in history.
"I talked to my centre-man before the draw, and told him I was going to drive to the net," Thomas said. "I got stopped on the first one, but I was able to put the rebound home. I don't remember much after that."
Levi Cable, on a power play, and Kohl Bauml also scored for Saskatchewan.
Brent Norris and Brett Welychka scored for the Ravens.
Jordan Cooke made 58 saves for the Huskies, while Patrick Killen turned aside 65 shots for Carleton.
"There is not much to say after a loss like that," said Carleton coach Marty Johnston, adding his players are "an excellent group of young men."
St. Francis Xavier 6, Alberta 2
Michael Clarke led the X-Men with three goals, while Adam Stevens scored twice. Zack MacQueen also scored and Eric Locke added three assists.
Jamie Crooks and Riley Kieser had the goals for Alberta.
Drew Owsley was stellar in goal for the X-Men, making 43 saves.
Luke Siemens stopped 21 shots for the Golden Bears.
UNB takes on Western and Saint Mary's faces off against top-ranked UQTR on Friday.
With files from CBC Sports