Top-seeded Pandas open title quest against host Panthers on Friday

#1 Pandas and #8 UPEI Panthers to meet in national quarter-final in Charlottetown on Friday night

By Connor Hood on March 11, 2020

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI - Looking for a record ninth U SPORTS Women's Hockey Championship, the No. 1 seeded Alberta Pandas open their national championship against the host UPEI Panthers, Friday night at 7:00 p.m. ADT in the quarter-final. 

Each quarter-final game, as well as both semifinals and the national final will be broadcast online on CBCSports.ca. 

The Pandas come to Charlottetown having won two-straight Canada West Championships, but are looking to improve on a fourth-place finish in PEI one year ago. Alberta captured their record eighth national title in 2017, with their 14 Canada West Championships also representing the most ever. 

Alberta went 19-8-1-0 in regular season play, before sweeping UBC and Mount Royal in the conference post-season to book their ticket to the U SPORTS Championship. This will also be the first meeting between Alberta and UPEI at the national tournament since a 1-0 Pandas win over the Panthers in 2012. 

Loaded with All-Stars

Leading Alberta to a conference-leading 59 points, and eventually their 14th CW title, the Pandas boasted five Canada West All-Stars this season. 

Up front, the Pandas were led by conference scoring champion Autumn MacDougall, who led CW with 31 points in 28 games. Kennedy Ganser joined MacDougall on the first all-star team with 27 points in 28 games, with team captain Cayle Dillon also earning a first team nod. 

Starting goalie Kirsten Chamberlin was named to the second team after leading Canada West with 0.79 goals against average and .955 save percentage. 

First-year Panda Madison Willan was also named both the Canada West Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie team member, leading all rookies with 25 points. She is also a nominee for the U SPORTS Rookie of the Year Award, which will be handed out on Wednesday night. 

SEEDING

1. Alberta Pandas (Canada West champions: 20-8-0 / 4-0)
2. Toronto Varsity Blues (OUA champions: 18-4-2 / 5-1)
3. St. FX X-Women (AUS champions: 22-5-1 / 4-0)
4. McGill Martlets (RSEQ champions: 11-5-4 / 4-0)
5. York Lions (OUA finalists: 14-8-2 / 4-1)
6. Montreal Carabins (RSEQ finalists: 9-6-5 / 2-3)
7. Mount Royal Cougars (Canada West finalists: 14-14-0 / 4-3)
8. UPEI Panthers (Hosts/AUS semifinalists: 20-7-1 / 2-3)
  

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (all times Atlantic)

Thursday, March 12 (Quarter-Finals)

#2 Toronto vs #7 Mount Royal, 3:00 p.m. ADT
#3 St. FX vs #6 Montreal, 7:00 p.m. ADT

Friday, March 13 (Quarter-Finals)

#4 McGill vs #5 York, 3:00 p.m. ADT
#1 Alberta vs #8 UPEI, 7:00 p.m. ADT


Saturday, March 14 (Semifinals)

Consolation Semifinal #1: 10:00 a.m. ADT
Consolation Semifinal #2: 1:00 p.m. ADT
Semifinal #1: 4:00 p.m. ADT
Semifinal #2: 7:00 p.m. ADT

Sunday, March 15 (Medal Round)

Consolation Final: 11:00 a.m. ADT
Bronze: 2:30 p.m. ADT
Final: 6:00 p.m. ADT