TORONTO-On the opening day of the 1999 CIAU Women's Ice Hockey Championship, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks had an impressive debut, while the defending champion Concordia Stingers survived a scare.
In the first game of the tournament at Varsity Arena, the Hawks blanked the McGill Martlets 2-0. Caroline Hill and Donna Forbes scored second-period goals for Laurier and Charmaine Boteju stopped all 20 Martlet shots for the shutout. McGill netminder and Canadian national team member Kim St. Pierre had 25 saves in a losing cause.
The second contest of the day pitted Concordia against the host Toronto Varsity Blues in a rematch of last year's championship final. Goals by Lisa-Marie Breton and Kari Colpitts put the Stingers up 2-0, but in the last 32 seconds of regulation Toronto's Rhonda Mitchell and Kim Malcher each scored to send the game into overtime.
With the deadlock still unresolved after 10 additional minutes of play, the match went to a shootout. A goal by Concordia's Corinne Swirsky, the 1999 CIAU Outstanding Player of the Year, proved to be the difference as Concordia won the shootout 2-1.
With the victories, the Hawks and the Stingers each have a 1-0 record to take the early lead in their respective pools. Laurier will advance to the gold medal game if it beats the Alberta Pandas on Saturday; Concordia will get a chance to defend its title with a victory against the St. Francis Xavier X-Women, also on Saturday.
Tomorrow at 1 p.m., the Martlets return to the ice to face the Pandas, champions of the CWUAA conference. At 7 p.m., the opening ceremonies for the tournament will take place, followed by the contest between the Blues and the AUAA champion X-Women.
Also tomorrow, from 4 to 6 p.m., Varsity Arena's Blue and White Room will be the forum for a panel discussion on =93Women in Hockey: Past Present and Future=94. The panel, which includes Justine Blainey, Elizabeth Etue, Elaine Harvey, Laura Robinson, Nathalie Rivard, Dr. Carol Rogers and Dr. Nancy Theberge, will look at relevant and critical issues that affect the players and coaches currently involved in women's s hockey in Canada.
Game #1 (Feb. 25, 12 noon): Wilfrid Laurier 2, McGill 0 1 2 3 T Laurier 0 2 0 2 McGill 0 0 0 0 Laurier - Goals: Caroline Hall, Donna Forbes; Shutout: Charmaine Boteju Shots: Laurier 27, McGill 20 Players of the Game: Laurier - Cheryl Pounder, McGill - Julie Hornsby Game #2 (Feb. 25, 4 p.m.): Concordia 3, Toronto 2 (OT-shootout) 1 2 3 OT SO T Concordia 0 1 1 0 2 3* Toronto 0 0 2 0 1 2 *Concordia earns one goal with shootout victory Concordia - Goals: Lisa-Marie Breton, Kari Colpitts, Annie Boucher, Corinne Swirsky Toronto - Goals: Rhonda Mitchell, Kim Malcher (2) Shots: Concordia 36, Toronto 24 Players of the Game: Concordia - Kari Colpitts, Toronto - Keely Brown
Pool A GP W L TP GF GA Wilfrid Laurier 1 1 0 2 2 0 Alberta 0 0 0 0 0 0 McGill 1 0 1 0 0 2 Pool B GP W L TP GF GA Concordia 1 1 0 2 2 3 St. Francis Xavier 0 0 0 0 0 0 Toronto 1 0 1 0 3 2
1 p.m. - McGill vs. Alberta 7 p.m. - Toronto vs. St. Francis Xavier
SATURDAY'S GAMES (preliminary round)2 p.m. - Wilfrid Laurier vs. Alberta 7 p.m. - Concordia vs. St. Francis Xavier