TORONTO (U SPORTS) – U SPORTS hockey champions Lindsey Post from the Alberta Pandas
and Philippe Maillet of the UNB Varsity Reds are the ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS female and male athletes of the week for the period ending March 19, 2017.
Post, a fifth-year physical education and recreation student from Chelsea, Que., stopped 72 shots in three games, leading the Pandas to their first U SPORTS Women’s Hockey Championship since 2010. The veteran Alberta goaltender made 40 saves in Sunday’s Championship final, a 2-1 double-overtime victory over McGill en route to tournament MVP honours, as the Pandas captured their eighth national title in school history, the most of any program. Along the way, Post made 20 saves in Friday’s 2-1 quarter-final win over Saint Mary’s before turning aside another 12 of 14 shots in Saturday’s 6-2 semifinal win that eliminated Concordia.
McGill Martlets hockey player Gabrielle Davidson, along with volleyball athletes Maria Mota of the Dalhousie Tigers and Kelsey Veltman from the Western Mustangs were also nominated for the women’s award.
Maillet, a fourth-year business administration major from Terrebonne, Que., recorded 10 points in three contests, as UNB won its second straight University Cup and third in the last five years on home ice on Sunday. The U SPORTS men’s hockey Player of the Year backed up his MVP billing, scoring a hat-trick and adding an assist in Thursday’s 5-1 quarter-final victory over Queen’s, followed by a one goal, one assist performance in Saturday’s 3-0 semifinal shutout of Acadia. In Sunday’s final, Maillet racked up four assists on teammate Cam Braes’ four goals, as the Varsity Reds won the University Cup 5-3 over Saskatchewan. For his 10-point performance, Maillet earned University Cup MVP honours.
McGill Redmen hockey player Christophe Lalonde, as well as volleyball players Brandon Koppers of the McMaster Marauders and Adam Schriemer of the U SPORTS champion Trinity Western Spartans were the other male nominees.
AUS: Maria Mota, volleyball, Dalhousie
RSEQ: Gabrielle Davidson, hockey, McGill
OUA: Kelsey Veltman, volleyball, Western
CWUAA: Lindsey Post, hockey, Alberta (recipient)
AUS: Philippe Maillet, hockey, UNB (recipient)
RSEQ: Christophe Lalonde, hockey, McGill
OUA: Brandon Koppers, volleyball, McMaster
CWUAA: Adam Schriemer, volleyball, Trinity Western
Female first star – Lindsey Post
Alberta Pandas hockey
Physical Education & Recreation
Tournament log: Friday, March 17 – 20 saves in 2-1 W vs. Saint Mary’s in national QF / Saturday, March 18 – 12 saves in 6-2 W vs. Concordia in national SF / Sunday, March 19 – 40 saves in 2-1 2OT W vs. McGill in national final.
Fifth-year University of Alberta Pandas goalie Lindsey Post is the Canada West first star of the week after backstopping the Pandas to their eighth U SPORTS national championship, this past weekend in Napanee, Ont.
Post made 72 saves in three games, including turning aside an incredible 40 shots in the championship final, helping the Pandas earn their first national title since 2010. For her efforts, Post was named the U SPORTS Women’s Hockey Championship MVP.
Entering the tournament as the No. 6 seed, Alberta had to get past a tough Saint Mary’s squad in the quarter-final, which they did thanks to 20 saves by the fifth-year goalie. That was also her first win at nationals, after going 0-2 in four years previous with Alberta.
The Chelsea, Que. product followed that up with another strong performance in the semifinal, turning aside 12 Concordia shots en route to a dominant 6-2 win.
Sunday’s final, however, was arguably the best game of Post’s varsity career. Post turned aside 40 of 41 shots, including a handful of outstanding stops in overtime, as Alberta captured the Golden Path Trophy in double overtime over McGill. Alberta’s eight U SPORTS championships are the most in history, and have all come under the guidance of head coach Howie Draper.