SLC Sharks women's hockey team reach semi-finals

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The St. Lawrence College Cornwall Sharks women’s hockey team reached the semi-final at the Seneca Invitational on Friday. With the good showing at Seneca, the Sharks finished the season with a 9-6 overall record.

Cornwall - Mar. 21, 2011 - The St. Lawrence College Cornwall Sharks women’s hockey team capped off their season by making it to the semi-final at the Seneca Invitational on Friday.

The Sharks were outlasted in their second shootout of the day, falling to Fanshawe in a shootout in the semi-final.

"These girls never threw in the towel," said co-head coach Sean Boulerice in a post-tournament press release.

"If we were down, I just knew they would rally for the equalizer. Today we came back three times from one goal deficits to equal the score. We are very proud of what we accomplished this year with 14 rookies in our lineup. This bodes well for next year with so many potential returnees."

The Sharks started the day with a dominating performance sending three goals past Conestoga-Kitchener for the victory. The teams were scoreless after two periods of play, until SLC Cornwall broke through with Michaela Brunton erasing the tie at 11:52. Minutes later, Joanne Dore netted one past the Conestoga goaltender and Jenay Morin capped off the scoring with 8:56 left on the clock. Sharks netminder Amber Lapierre turned away every shot the Condors sent her way to earn the shutout. Earlier in the year at the Humber Invitational, Conestoga bested SLC Cornwall 3-0.

In the second contest, SLC Cornwall met a solid squad from Loyalist, a team they fell to at the Humber Invitational 1-0. The Sharks went down 1-0 in the first period, but kept on the attack, which paid off in the second period with Meagan Jesmer getting on the board to even the score at 1-1. Loyalist broke the tie in the third to take a 2-1 lead with just over 10 minutes to play. After creating several opportunities and end-to-end action building the excitement, the Sharks finally got the equalizer when Callie McLeod found the back of the net with 2:20 left and regulation would expire with a stalemate, sending the game to a shootout. Three shooters stepped up for both teams and only Dore hit the mesh to earn the win for the Sharks.

With the two victories, the Sharks earned the top seed out of Pool B and faced Fanshawe, who finished second in Pool A. Fanshawe opened the scoring in the first, but the Sharks tied it up on with Brunson getting her second goal of the day with 4:09 remaining in the second period. After another scoreless period, the game was sent into a shootout, where Fanshawe would get the best of it to advance and end the Sharks 2010-2011 season.

"This is a very disappointing loss to finish quite a successful season," Boulerice said. "Our record was 9-6 this year, including two shootout losses, two silvers, a bronze and a semi-final shootout loss in four tournaments."

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