Women’s Hockey News

Ashley Delahey scored the winning goal in a 2-1 shootout victory over the Carabins to send the Toronto Varsity Blues to the championship final of the 2024 GFL U SPORTS Women’s Hockey Championship presented by Connect Energy at Merlis Belsher Place in Saskatoon.

Delahey, a rookie forward from Markham, Ont., scored the sole goal in the six-round shootout win. She was the 11th shooter in the shootout.

The Varsity Blues will meet the Concordia Stingers in the championship final Sunday at 6 p.m. (all times local), while the Carabins will face the Waterloo Warriors in the bronze medal game at 2 p.m. It is the first time the Varsity Blues have been in the U SPORTS championship game since 2003.

After 10 minutes of sudden death four-on-four hockey didn’t solve the game, the shootout was needed.  In the extra frame, the Carabins had the best opportunity to end the game with a shot that snuck through Fryer’s five-hole and hit the post to stay out of the net.

Toronto opened the scoring midway through the first when Kali Chan’s shot from the top of the faceoff circle sailed by Carabins’ goaltender Aube Racine at 9:55.

The Carabins evened the score early in the third period after 33 minutes of scoreless play when Juliette Rowland was able to squeak the puck by Blues’ netminder Erica Fryer. Rowland found a pass from Jessika Boulanger, knocking it into the net as it cradled the goal line at 5:01.

Both teams had opportunities on the power play in the final 10 minutes of regulation time, but neither could break the tie with the advantage, eventually sending the game to overtime.

Fryer made 25 saves in 70 minutes of hockey plus six in the shootout, while Racine stopped 23 in the game and five in the shootout.

Nike Team Players of the Game:

Juliette Rolland - Montreal

Ashley Delahey - Toronto