Women’s Hockey News

Third-year Toronto forward Sophie Grawbarger broke a 44-minute scoreless drought to lead the Varsity Blues to a 2-1 win over the UNB Reds Friday night in the final quarterfinal of the 2024 GFL U SPORTS Women’s Hockey Championship, presented by Connect Energy, at Merlis Belsher Place in Saskatoon.

GAME SUMMARY

After the Toronto and UNB traded goals midway through the first period, neither team could find offence. Grawbarger received a cross crease pass in the neutral zone from Caroline Eagles and skated the puck into the Reds zone crossing up the defence. Her shot beat Reds goalie Kendra Woodland over the shoulder on the stick side with just 2:21 left.

The No. 6 seeded Blues face the No. 7 seeded Montréal Carabins on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the national semifinal. The winner will advance to the championship game on Sunday at 6 p.m.

The Reds will meet the UBC Thunderbirds in a consolation semifinal at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Toronto’s Ashley Delahey opened the scoring at 12:32 in the first on a tic-tac-toe play from the side of the net. But the lead didn’t last long, UNB evened the score just 1:29 later. With attention on a battle in the corner, the puck found its way to a wide-open Mackenzie who beat Varsity Blues goaltender Erica Fryer top shelf glove side at 13:21.

It wasn’t until under three minutes left in the third period that Grawbarger found the net to break the tie.

Fryer made 16 saves in the win for the Blues, while Woodland stopped 20 shots at the other end of the ice.

Nike Team Players of the Game:

Sophie Grawbarger - Toronto

Mackenzie Keenan - UNB