By Steven Smeall
CORNWALL, Ontario – After winning their first two games at the Ontario Colleges Committee on Campus Recreation (OCCCR) Challenge Cup playoff tournament, the St. Lawrence College Cornwall women’s hockey team have qualified for the semi-final.
The St. Lawrence Sharks women’s hockey team.
The Cornwall Sharks qualified after finishing their season with a 13-5 record which was enough to get them the third-ranked position in the OCCCR standings heading into the tournament.
The tournament featured two preliminary games to determine placing heading into the elimination rounds. With two wins, the Sharks finished first in their pool, earning their bye.
The Sharks first took on fourth-ranked Georgian College on March 27 at 9 p.m.
Trailing 1-0 in the second period, the Sharks needed to strike back quickly. St. Lawrence forward Eliza Earle would do just that for her team, tying the game up at one each. Through the rest of the game neither team would be able to break the tie, meaning the game would head to the shootout.
Cornwall goaltender Amber Lapierre turned away all three Georgian shooters while Sharks’ Annie Young scored the lone St. Lawrence goal. Cornwall would head into their second game with a 2-1 shootout win.
The fifth-ranked Sault College would be the Sharks opponents for game two of the tournament. The game started at 10:30 a.m. on Friday morning and saw the two teams fighting to strike first throughout the game.
With six minutes left in the game, Cornwall’s Tasha Weston would score the opening goal of the game. Sharks forward Roberta Mamakwa would score an empty net goal later in the game and Cornwall would hold on for a 2-0 victory, giving Lapierre her sixth shutout of the season.