March 20, 2023

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The Cinderella Run continues for the Mount Royal Cougars women’s hockey team in pursuit of national glory.

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Caitlin Ross made 22 saves to lead the No. 8 Mount Royal Cougars to a 3-1 win over the No. 5 Montreal Carabines in the first semi-final of the 2023 U SPORTS Women’s Ice Hockey Championship at the CEPSUM Arena in Montreal on Saturday night. .

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Tension was high in the first frame, with neither team able to find the back of the net. Each team had a powerplay opportunity, but the goaltenders made 16 saves together, resulting in a goalless tie after the first period.

Mount Royal opened the scoring just 1:30 seconds later with Alex Spence scoring a powerplay goal. Montreal returned and had momentum for the rest of the period, but Caitlin Ross closed the door on the Pumas. The striker made two big saves to keep the Cougars 1-0 lead after two.

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The No. 3 Cougars upset No. 2 Brock Badgers 3–2 (25–21, 27–25, 16–25, 19–25, 15–9) in a tight repechage semi-final at the 2023 World Championship. SPORT Women’s volleyball championship at the War Memorial gym.

Sydney Scatcherd lifted the Canada West finalists to a 14-8 airbag in the first, but Brock rallied to close the two-point gap at 20-18. The MRU regained their composure and held on for an established victory after Scatcherd killed the Badger block. Nyadholi Tokbuom lost an ace to Cougar’s 15–9 lead in the second before Brock bounced back to tie the score at 22–22. All tied up at 25-25, Deokbuom ran for the kill from the right side and just moments later completed a long set in the same game. Even at 11:11 in the third, the Badgers went 6-0 with Madison Tuck on the service line and maintained their momentum to take the set and extend the match. Brock fired and kept the lead in the fourth set, forcing a fifth and deciding set to extend his season. MRU refocused after falling in consecutive sets and captured the fifth set with a decisive takedown of Tokbuom.

Haley Rowe had 16 team kills for the Cougars, Deokbuom finished with a well-rounded 13 kills, four aces and five blocks, and Emma Boyd added nine three-block kills and an ace in his second five-set MRU Marathon in a row. Sadie Dick had the best 19 kills for the Badgers, Grace Pyatt tallied 14 kills, and setter Sarah Rohr recorded 57 passes and seven digs in the loss.

Late Friday night, tThe No. 6 seeded Manitoba Bisons pulled off a tough 3–2 (24–26, 25–20, 16–25, 25–22, 15–10) victory over the Cougars in the National Championships Quarterfinal Game. throwing the MRU to the side of consolation.

The Cougars advance to the repechage final for a shot at fifth place against RSEQ Champion UQAM Citadins at 1pm PT Sunday at the War Memorial Gym.

— Postmedia news services

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