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Pandas defeat Martlets 4-0 to win CIS women's hockey championship

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Pandas defeat Martlets 4-0 to win CIS women's hockey championship

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The University of Alberta education major closed out five years of Canadian Interuniversity Sport women's hockey with a CIS player of the year award, a tournament MVP award and now a gold medal at the CIS women's hockey championship.

The University of Alberta Pandas won their second CIS women's hockey championship in a row Monday night, dumping the top-ranked McGill Martlets 4-0 in the final.

"It's an unbelievable feeling and I couldn't ask for a better way to finish my career with the Pandas in the CIS," said McAlpine.

"I'm just so proud of our team and our coaching staff. It's an unbelievable feeling."

Taryn Barry, Leah Copeland, Jenna Barber and Lindsie Fairfield, into an empty net, scored for the third-seeded Pandas. Holly Tarleton made 14 saves for the shutout.

The Pandas now have six gold and two silver medals in the 10-year history of the event.

The is the second time McGill has lost to Alberta in the final after the Martlets fell 2-0 in the 2000 championship game.

Since then, McGill has won bronze four times, including last year.

"It never gets old," Pandas coach Howie Draper said of the win.

"The feeling is different every time, but every time I think the euphoria is probably the most powerful."

The Martlets got off to a rocky start as Barry scored just 40 seconds into the game. The Pandas took a 2-0 lead on Copeland's goal at 8:13 of the first period, setting the Martlets back on their heels.

The Martlets then fell behind by three goals for the first time this season when Barber scored at 8:18 of the second period.

"It's a little surprising," McAlpine said of the final score.

"(Charlene) Labonte is an incredible goalie and we capitalized early and got her off her game. We stuck to our systems so well and it worked for us."

The Pandas had recorded shutouts in six straight games before surrendering two goals in their final round-robin game, so their 3-0 lead heading into the third period seemed safe. They outshot the Martlets 7-2 in the third and 21-14 overall.

"It was a tight game. We were fortunate to get some early goals," Draper said. "For a team that doesn't lose a lot like McGill, it's tough to maintain your composure and fight back. We worked hard for those two goals and we were fortunate that they went in and it was a really close game from that point forward."

Meanwhile, the University of Manitoba Bisons won 3-2 over the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks in the bronze medal game Monday afternoon.

Stephanie Messner scored the winner for the Bisons with less than three minutes to play in the third period, giving Manitoba their second bronze medal in three years.

Amanda Schnell and Leanne Kisil also scored for the Bisons while Stacey Corfield made 20 saves for the victory.

The Hawks got two goals from Laurissa Kenworthy.

In the fifth-place game Monday morning, the University of Moncton Aigles Bleues defeated the host University of Ottawa Gee Gees 6-5.

Marieve Provost had two goals for the Aigles Bleues while Marie-Helene Plourde, Valerie Boisclair, Julie Dumoulin and Johannie Thibeault had a goal each.

The Gee Gees got two goals from Mandi Duhamel and singles from Stephanie Fallis, Kayla Hottot and Kim Blain.

The Gee Gees will host the CIS championship again in 2008.

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