Waterloo stuns Western in OUA playoffs
Published Monday, February 25, 2013 2:03PM EST
Last Updated Monday, February 25, 2013 2:08PM EST
University of Waterloo goaltender Keaton Hartigan made 35 saves and Ryan Molle's first goal in nearly 15 months held up as the game-winner, as the sixth-seeded Warriors toppled the top-seeded Western Mustangs 5-3 in the decisive Game #3 of their OUA West division semi-final on Sunday night in London.
The Waterloo victory sent shockwaves through the OUA. The Mustangs, the two-time defending OUA West champions who were ranked third in the nation, suffered their earliest playoff exit since 2008. Meanwhile, the Warriors will advance to the OUA West finals for the first time since 2007, where they'll take on the Windsor Lancers.
A trip to the OUA Queen's Cup final and the CIS University Cup tournament will be on the line. The best-of-three series opens Wednesday night in Windsor, with Game #2 back at Waterloo’s Columbia Ice Field on Saturday. Both games begin at 7:30 pm.
For the first time in a decade, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's hockey team will not play for the CIS Championship. They were eliminated by the Western Mustangs in Sunday’s 1-0 loss in Game #3 of their OUA semi-final series.
The Mustangs bounced the fourth-ranked Hawks after Kendra Deller scored her first career playoff goal at the 14:17 mark of the third period. Goaltender Kelly Campbell recorded her second shutout of the series with a 29-save effort.
The loss ends the careers of a number of prominent members of the Lady Hawks, including team captain Fiona Lester, Caitlin Muirhead, Brittany Crago, Maureen Mommersteeg and Paula Lagamba.
Monday’s Regional Sports Schedule:
CWOSSA ‘AAAA’ SENIOR BOYS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Sudden-death semi-finals: (at J.F. Ross, Guelph)
Kitchener St. Mary’s 65 Guelph Centennial 63 (Overtime Final)
Waterloo CI vs. Kitchener Grand River – 2:00 pm
(Winner to face St. Mary’s in tonight’s CWOSSA Championship at 8:00 pm)
CWOSSA QUALIFER BOYS HOCKEY SEMI-FINALS
St. Mary’s at St. David – 2:30 pm (at RIM Park)
Monsignor Doyle at Resurrection – 3:00 pm (at Activa)
CWOSSA QUALIFER GIRLS HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
Resurrection at St. David – 3:00 pm (at RIM Park)
(Game #1 – First team to three points)
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Toronto at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Montreal at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Edmonton at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Anaheim at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Washington at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Boston (ss) vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
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