St. Lawrence College Sharks Win Gold - Again!
For the second tournament in a row, the St. Lawrence College Cornwall Sharks women's hockey team has won gold.
The Sharks shook off an opening game shootout loss and went on to win four straight at the Conestoga College Invitational tournament in Kitchener, Ont. on Friday, Feb. 10.
The tournament victory follows their gold-medal performance at the Brantford Laurier Invitational tournament, Jan. 20.
The last game of the Conestoga tournament was a 3-0 win over Wilfrid Laurier in the championship. Amber Lapierre picked up a shutout in goal and the Sharks received goals by Emily Kinstler, Brooke Marion and Jenay Morin (pictured above) to win the game.
To reach the final, the Sharks staged a remarkable comeback in the semifinal game against host Conestoga. While trailing 1-0, Kinstler scored with just 24 seconds remaining in the third period. The Sharks then went on to win the game 2-1 in a shootout, with Brooke Marion scoring the shootout winner.
“These girls never cease to amaze us,” said coach Sean Boulerice. “They did everything asked of them. Even being down in the semifinal so late in the game, they still believed. We travel far and work hard but seeing the excitement in their eyes and the yelling and screaming when it is all over makes it all worthwhile.”
The Sharks lost the first game of the tournament 1-0 to Conestoga in a shootout. They then rebounded with a 1-0 victory over Laurier, with Callie McLeod providing the only goal.
The victory put the Sharks in a quarter-final matchup with Fanshawe. The Sharks won 3-0 with Morin, Kendra James and Katereena Emmell providing goals.
That set the stage for the dramatic semifinal game. Marion's goal came late in the competition, as it took five shooters to determine a winner.
Another hero of the tournament was Lapierre. She played goal in all five games and only allowed one goal in regulation time. She was also spectacular in shootouts, stopping seven of eight shooters.
The Sharks now have an overall record of 10-1-1 in the 2011-2012 season. Coaches and players hope they can keep the momentum up.
“They are a great bunch of kids and winning with this group never gets old,” Boulerice said. “Hopefully we can carry this momentum into our final tournament in Seneca (Toronto) in March.”