D-III Tourney: Soaring Into The Finals
March 20, 2009
Courtesy of Elmira
MIDDLEBURY, VT: In only their second meeting all time the Soaring Eagles increased their record to 2-0 against the Falcons of Rivers Falls in the Division III Women’s Hockey Semifinals. The Soaring Eagles showcased their offensive talent as their three top scorers were the only scorers in the nation’s top 20 in this year’s Frozen Four.
The Soaring Eagles would start their run to the 2009 NCAA Championship from the onset of the first period. EC would get off on the right foot as they srtuck early in the game, as Laura Hurd Award Winner Kayla Coady ’09 (Charlottetown, PEI – Berkshire School) would put the Purple and Gold up one on the power play in the opening minutes of the period.
With the lead in hand for the Soaring Eagles they would continue to pressure as they were given the man up opportunity multiple times throughout the period. Despite the advantage the two teams went toe to toe as Allison Cubberley ’09 (Bracebridge, ONT – Clearview Stars) and her defensive unit in front of her would shut down the Falcons holding them to 7 shots.
As the second period started both teams would continue to pressure each other. For the majority of the period the teams would remain scoreless missing on multiple chances to find the back of the net.
The Soaring Eagles patiently awaited their chance and capitalized as Jamie Huntley ’09 (La Jolla, CA – California Selects) found the back of the net as she was falling in front of the Falcon net to put EC up by 2-0 at 16:55 in the second.
Up 2-0, EC entered the third and final period looking to put the victory away. Outshooting the Falcons 25-19 the Soaring Eagles would take control of the game and put the lead out of reach as third year forward Melanie Henshaw ’10 (Margate, FL – NAHA) on Jenna McCalls ’10 (Thamesford, ONT – Bluewater Hawks) second assist of the day.
Cubberley, who was named as a First Team All American played outstanding, capturing her tenth shutout of the season. In addition to her capturing her 21st victory, Cubberley broke Edith Racine’s ’05 most wins in a career marker by capturing her 54th victory.
The Soaring Eagles will play the winner of the Amherst, Middlebury Semifinal tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. for the National Championship Title.