With a hard fought 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Gee-Gees at the Ed Meagher Arena on Sunday afternoon, the Concordia Stingers women’s hockey team won its Quebec conference semifinal series and earned a place at the U SPORTS national championship.
The win gives Concordia one of two spots allotted to the RSEQ at the nationals which take place March 15-18 at Western University in London, Ont.
Both the Stingers and the Montréal Carabins have qualified for the Canadian university championship. The Carabins earned their ticket with a semifinal win over the McGill Martlets.
This week Concordia will battle Montréal in a best-of-three showdown for the RSEQ title. The winner will earn the conference championship banner and a higher spot in the seedings at nationals.
Sunday’s Stinger victory versus Ottawa came in Game 3 of a best-of-three RSEQ semifinal series. Second period goals from veteran Marie-Joëlle Allard and rookie Lidia Filion were all the scoring needed to wrap up the win. Ottawa’s lone goal came from Taylor McGaughey at the 2:14 mark of the third period.
Rookie goaltender Alice Philbert turned away 18 of 19 shots also giving Concordia a huge lift.
The conference championship will begin Thursday on the road. Game 2 will take place at Concordia on Saturday. Exact times will be announced shortly.