Newspaper article The Canadian Press

U of T Slips Past UBC in Shootout in CIS Women's Hockey Tournament

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

U of T Slips Past UBC in Shootout in CIS Women's Hockey Tournament

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U of T slips past UBC in shootout in CIS women's hockey

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TORONTO - Third-year forward Jacqueline Scheffel had four points to lead the University of Toronto Varsity Blues to a 5-4 shootout win over the No. 4 UBC Thunderbirds on Friday night at the CIS women's hockey championship.

The win marks Toronto's first on the national stage since defeating Dalhousie to claim fifth place at the 2006 tournament. The Blues await the results of the UBC/Montreal game Saturday night to determine their fate in the wide-open Pool A standings.

Scheffel scored and added three assists in the third consecutive game that needed extra time at the 2013 tournament.

"I think we played unbelievable," said Scheffel. "There were ups and downs but we came back. I had a frustrating game yesterday so I just played as hard as I could and good things came from it."

Rookie forward Taylor Day tied the game 4-4 with 34 seconds left in regulation time, while Toronto team captain Kelly O'Hanlon scored the lone goal of the shootout to secure the win. Nicole Kesteris made 32 saves in the victory.

"Nicole has just been so consistent and strong," said Varsity Blues head coach Vicky Sunohara. "Not only is she stopping the puck but she's proven to be that pep-up player to the team as well. Nicole is doing it all and she really deserved the win tonight."

The UBC Thunderbirds, appearing in their first national championship, take on the top-seeded Montreal Carabins Saturday. The Canada West champions showed great resilience in the loss, scoring three third-period goals to force the extra minutes.

"We battled back tonight but Toronto worked really hard and wanted it more than us," said CIS coach of the year Graham Thomas of the UBC. "We weren't playing desperate enough and our backs are against the wall now. We have to rebound and refocus against Montreal."

Fourth-year defenceman and Ottawa native Marlie McLaughlin scored Toronto's first goal of the championship when she sent a low point shot through traffic to beat UBC netminder Samantha Langford nine minutes into the game. …

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