Women's hockey team heads to national championships
After 32 years, the Queen's Gaels are Ontario University Athletics women's hockey champions. The team swept its best-of-three series against the Guelph Gryphons with a 3-2 overtime victory Friday night at the Kingston Memorial Centre.
Rookie defenceman Kelly Eustace scored the winning goal with less than a second remaining in overtime.
With time winding down in the first overtime period, Ms Eustace picked up a loose puck at the red line and fired the puck towards the net, giving the Queen's squad its first championship victory since 1978-79.
“I was just trying to dump it in and it happened to be on net,” said an elated Ms Eustace. “We knew we had to get shots…I guess it just happened to be the right one. It was amazing!”
The goal was Ms Eustace's first of the playoffs and first in her career with the Gaels.
The Gaels will now head to their first Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship, hosted by one of the teams they eliminated from the playoffs, the Laurier Golden Hawks.
The tournament, which begins as a six team round robin format, will kick off Thursday March 10 at the Waterloo Memorial Recreational Complex in Waterloo. The Gaels are seeded fourth in the tournament, and will play their first game on Friday.
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