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February 25, 2018 | Hockey (W)

Stingers celebrate the victory over the Ottawa Gee-Gees.

Women’s hockey team scores berth at nationals

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.

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