Paula Sanderson, Staff Contributor
The McGill Martlets are the CIS national women’s hockey champions for the third time in four seasons after beating St. FX Axewomen on Sunday night.
McGill moved the puck and their feet quickly and out-skated and over-powered St. FX at Wilfred Laurier University, where the tournament was held last weekend.
St. FX has never won a CIS women’s hockey medal and tonight they went home with a silver. Queens finished the tournament with bronze.
Throughout first and second period McGill dominated, scoring three goals for their efforts. They added a fourth early in the third. It seemed like two-time Olympic gold medalist and McGill goalie Charline Labonté would have a shut-out but Suzanne Fenerty scored for the AUS champions, giving the X-Women a goal and momentum during the third. With less than six minutes left Erin Brophy added another for St.FX.
Alessandra Lind-Kenny gave McGill a final goal, bringing the final score to 5 – 2. St. FX beat the Manitoba Bisons 4 – 3 and McGill beat Queens 3 – 1 to meet in the finals.
McGill entered the CIS championships as the top-ranked team in the country. This win marks McGill’s 27th consecutive undefeated game.
Jordanna Peroff from McGill was named tournament MVP.