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The Cinderella run continues for the Mount Royal Cougars’ girls’s hockey squad in pursuit of nationwide glory.
Kaitlyn Ross made 22 saves to guide the No. 8-seeded Mount Royal Cougars to a 3-1 win over the No. 5 Montréal Carabins within the first championship semifinal of the 2023 U SPORTS Girls’s Hockey Championship at CEPSUM Aréna in Montréal on Saturday night.
Tensions had been excessive within the opening body, with neither group capable of finding the again of the web. Every group had a power-play alternative, however the goalies mixed for 16 saves leading to a scoreless tie after the primary interval.
Mount Royal opened the scoring simply 1:30 into the second with a power-play aim from Alex Spence. Montréal got here again and had the momentum for the remainder of the interval, however Kaitlyn Ross shut the door for the Cougars. The netminder made two huge breakaway saves to protect a 1-0 Cougars lead after two.
The Carabins discovered a solution halfway by way of the third interval on a aim from Amélie Poire-Lehoux. When it appeared like Montréal might have an opportunity to show the sport round, the Cougars discovered the again of the web simply two minutes later by the hands of Morgan Ramsay. Kaia Borbandy added a 3rd aim with Montréal’s internet empty to seal the 3-1 win.
Ross was Mount Royal’s participant of the sport, stopping 22 of 23 photographs. Aube Racine made 22 saves on 24 photographs within the loss for Montréal.
With the win, MRU advances to the championship closing, the place they play the Concordia Stingers (5:30 p.m., CBC Sports activities digital platforms).
Concordia was almost excellent, going 3-for-4 on the facility play, because the No. 3-seeded Stingers scored a 3-1 win over the No. 2 UBC Thunderbirds within the second championship semifinal, additionally Saturday.
Montréal faces UBC within the bronze-medal recreation on Sunday at 1 p.m. (CBC Sports activities digital platforms).
The No. 3-seeded Cougars upset the No. 2 Brock Badgers 3-2 (25-21, 27-25, 16-25, 19-25, 15-9) in a tightly contested comfort semi-final on the 2023 U SPORTS Girls’s Volleyball Championship in Struggle Memorial Fitness center.
Sydney Scatcherd lifted the Canada West finalists to a 14-8 cushion within the first, however Brock rallied to make it a two-point deficit at 20-18. MRU regained their composure and held on for the set win after a Scatcherd kill off the Badger block. Nyadholi Thokbuom dropped an ace for a 15-9 Cougar benefit within the second earlier than Brock fought again to tie it at 22-22. All twisted up at 25-25, Thokbuom ran round for a kill from the best aspect and closed out the prolonged set on the identical play simply moments later. Even at 11-11 within the third, the Badgers rattled off a 6-0 run with Madison Tuck on the service line and carried their momentum to take the set and lengthen the match. Brock got here out firing and maintained a lead by way of the fourth set, forcing a fifth and deciding set to increase their season. MRU refocused after falling in consecutive units and captured the fifth set with an emphatic Thokbuom kill.
Haley Roe racked up a team-high 16 kills for the Cougars, Thokbuom completed with a well-rounded 13 kills, 4 aces, and 5 blocks, and Emma Boyd added 9 kills with three blocks and an ace in MRU’s second straight five-set marathon. Sadie Dick had a match-best 19 kills for the Badgers, Grace Pyatt tallied 14 kills, and setter Sara Rohr recorded 57 assists and 7 digs within the loss.
Late Friday evening, the No. 6-seeded Manitoba Bisons earned a hard-fought 3-2 (24-26, 25-20, 16-25, 25-22, 15-10) upset victory over the Cougars in quarter-final motion at nationals, dropping MRU to the comfort aspect.
The Cougars transfer on to the comfort closing for an opportunity to say fifth place in opposition to the RSEQ champion UQAM Citadins at 1 p.m. MT on Sunday at Struggle Memorial Fitness center.
— Postmedia information providers