Six-point weekend for centre

Morgan McHaffie leads women to home wins against Western and Windsor

Centre Morgan McHaffie scored three points against the Western Mustangs on Friday night. She added three more against the Windsor Lancers on Saturday and leads the OUA with 13 points.
Centre Morgan McHaffie scored three points against the Western Mustangs on Friday night. She added three more against the Windsor Lancers on Saturday and leads the OUA with 13 points.
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Morgan McHaffie led the women’s hockey team to two wins at the Memorial Centre this weekend. The third-year centre tallied four goals and two assists as the Gaels won 4-2 against the Western Mustangs on Friday and 5-3 against the Windsor Lancers on Saturday.

The Gaels are tied for first place in the OUA with a 4-1 record. McHaffie’s weekend scoring streak put her at the top of the league with 13 points.

On Friday, assistant captain Katie Duncan scored in the first 45 seconds and McHaffie doubled the lead early in the second period. The Mustangs scored two power play goals in a one-minute span early in the third, but the Gaels countered with two goals of their own to secure the win.

Head coach Matthew Holmberg said his team took too many unnecessary penalties.

“I’m not faulting the effort,” he said. “But we’ve got to stay out of the box.”

Karissa Savage started in goal against the Mustangs. Head coach Matthew Holmberg said he chose to play her because of her strong performance in the Gaels’ 2-1 win over the Brock Badgers on Oct. 6.

McHaffie scored two goals in the first period against the Lancers, but the Gaels still trailed 3-2 after the first period. Winger Alex Cieslowski tied the game in the second period, with Duncan and captain Kristin Smith adding goals in the final period for a 5-3 win.

Holmberg said he expected a tight game against the Lancers.

“There’s always a rivalry against Windsor,” Holmberg said. “I wasn’t surprised that it was quite back and forth against them.”

Holmberg said he started Mel Dodd-Moher in net on Saturday because of her experience playing the Lancers. Dodd-Moher made 46 saves in last season’s 2-1 OUA quarter-final win against Windsor.

Holmberg said he was happy with his team’s performance on the weekend, but still sees things to work on.

“We had a little trouble getting out of our own zone,” he said. “The puck was bouncing a bit for us, we were fighting with it.”

The Gaels will travel to Waterloo this weekend to play the 10th-place Waterloo Warriors on Saturday and the first-place Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks on Sunday. The Gaels upset the Golden Hawks 2-1 in last season’s OUA semifinals.

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