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Calgary opens CIS women's hockey event on winning note

The Canadian Press
3/7/2013 11:47:33 PM
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TORONTO -- Tanya Morgan had a goal and two assists Thursday to lead the fifth-ranked Calgary Dinos to a 4-0 upset win over the No. 2 St. Francis Xavier X-Women in the opening game of the Canadian university women's hockey tournament.

National team star Hayley Wickenheiser, Iya Gavrilova and Elana Lovell had the other goals for the defending champions from Calgary. Amanda Tapp stopped 17 shots for the shutout.

In Thursday's late matchup, the host Toronto Varsity Blues dropped a 1-0 nothing overtime decision to the top-ranked Montreal Carabins.

Calgary coach Danielle Goyette said St. FX didn't provide her squad any surprises.

"We knew it would be a battle," said Goyette, a former national team member. "We knew that they can bounce back, so we really had to tie them up in the defensive zone and not give them any opportunities.

"The girls played well today, and the longer the game went on the better we played."

Kristy Garrow made 41 saves for the X-Women, whose win streak ended at 17 games.

"They are a very good hockey team and if you don't take advantage of your opportunities early on it's really hard to come back," said St. FX head coach David Synishin. "We have to reset.

"The thing about this tournament is that if you win one game you're in the bronze medal game and I think that's a very legitimate goal for us."

Casandra Dupuis was the hero for Montreal in the late matchup, scoring on the power play at 8:18 of overtime for only goal of the game.

Elodie Rousseau-Siro made 23 saves to get the shutout for the Carabins, while Nicole Kesteris was stellar at the other end for No. 6 Toronto, making 53 stops in a losing effort.

"We expected U of T to give us some trouble," said Carabins head coach Isabelle Leclaire. "The only thing we didn't expect was to shoot the puck 54 times and only score one goal.

"We didn't come out strong enough and you have to give credit to their goaltender."

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