• Friday, March 15, 2019
  • 12:00 PM
  • Charlottetown, UPEI - MacLauchlan Arena
  • Box Score
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Pandas goals: Taylor Kezama and Alex Poznikoff (2)

Pandas Hockey earns No. 1 seed for U SPORTS Championship

By U SPORTS Communications on March 10, 2019

TORONTO (U SPORTS) - The Alberta Pandas have been named women’s hockey favourites in the lead-up to an action-packed weekend of #CHAMPSZN.

The 2019 U SPORTS Women’s Hockey Championship, hosted by the UPEI Panthers in Charlottetown kicks off on Thursday at MacLauchlan Arena, and concludes next Sunday with the gold-medal final at 3 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. MT. All games livestreamed at USPORTS.LIVE


Wednesday, Mar. 13

All-Canadian Awards Gala, 5:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT

Thursday, Mar. 14 (Quarterfinals)

No. 3 Guelph vs. No. 6 Manitoba, 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT
No. 2 Montreal vs. No. 7 UPEI, 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT

Friday Mar. 15 (Quarterfinals)

No. 1 Alberta vs. No. 8 Toronto, 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT
No. 4 St. Thomas vs. No. 5 McGill, 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT

Full championship schedule available here.

No. 1 Alberta Pandas

Playoff Finish: Canada West champions
Regular Season/playoff records: 23-5-0 / 4-0
Last U SPORTS Championship: 2017
Total U SPORTS championships: 8
Team offence: 2.57 goals/game, 10th
Team defence: 0.84 goals against/game, 1st

Team leaders

Points: Alex Poznikoff, 37
Goals: Alex Poznikoff, 15
Assists: Alex Poznikoff, 22
Probable starting goaltender: Kirsten Chamberlin (11-0-0, 0.57 GAA, .963 SV%)

After finishing one of the most dominant seasons in Canada West history, the Alberta Pandas head to PEI looking for a record ninth U SPORTS Championship.

The Pandas finished the regular season with 23 wins, tied for the most in conference history. They also set records for most shutouts, with 13, and the lowest goals against average at 0.84.The Pandas also completed a perfect playoff run, going 4-0 to claim their first conference title since 2015, and record 13th overall.

Leading the Pandas was fourth-year forward and conference Player of the Year Alex Poznikoff. Her 37 points were the most in Canada West and U SPORTS, and a career-high for the Panda winger.

Defensively, the Pandas successfully rotated three goalies all season, with third-year Kirsten Chamberlin leading the conference with a 11-0-0 record and six shutouts.

No. 2 Montreal Carabins

Playoff finish: RSEQ champions
Regular season / playoff records: 15-4-1 / 4-0-0
Last U SPORTS championship: 2016
Total U SPORTS championships: 2
Team offence: 3.00 goals/game, 3rd
Team defence: 1.66 goals against/game, 12th

No. 3 Guelph Gryphons

Playoff Finish: OUA champions
Regular Season/playoff records: 18-3-3 / 5-0
Last U SPORTS Championship: Never
Team offence: 3.29 goals/game, 1st
Team defence: 1.37 goals against/game, 3rd

No. 4 St. Thomas Tommies

Playoff Finish: AUS champions
Regular Season/playoff records: 22-5-1 / 4-1
Last U SPORTS Championship: Never
Team offence: 2.96 goals/game, 4th
Team defence: 1.58 goals against/game, 9th

No. 5 McGill Martlets

Playoff Finish: RSEQ finalists
Regular Season/playoff records: 14-6-0 / 2-2
Last U SPORTS Championship: 2014
Total U SPORTS championships: 4
Team offence: 2.50 goals per game, 11th
Team defence: 1.44 goals against/game (6th)

No. 6 Manitoba Bisons

Playoff Finish: Canada West finalists
Regular Season/playoff records: 20-5-3 / 2-2
Last U SPORTS Championship: 2018
Total U SPORTS championships: 1
Team offence: 2.79 goals/game, 7th
Team defence: 1.49 goals against per game, 7th

No. 7 UPEI Panthers

Playoff Finish: AUS quarterfinalists / hosts
Regular Season / playoff records: 14-13-1 / 0-2
Last U SPORTS Championship: Never
Team offence: 1.96 goals/game, 22nd
Team defence: 1.84 goals against/game (14th)

No. 8 Toronto Varsity Blues

Playoff Finish: OUA finalists
Regular Season/playoff records: 15-6-3 / 4-3
Last U SPORTS Championship: 2001
Total U SPORTS championships: 1
Team offence: 2.71 goals per game, 8th
Team defence: 1.90 goals against/game, 16th