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Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018
Local goalie joins Queens teammates in award parade
by Randy Pascal

A surprising first place finish for the Queen's Gaels women's hockey team has paid off big time for several players, including local netminder Stephanie Pascal.

The Gaels, who topped the OUA women's standings with a record of 14-3-3-4, have continued their strong play into the post-season, advancing to a provincial championship matchup with the Western Mustangs on Saturday, with both teams moving on to nationals in London the following week.

Given all of the above, it only stood to reason that the Gaels were extremely well represented when the individual hardware was doled out earlier this week. Pascal, a third year netminder and graduate of both Lockerby Composite and the Sudbury Lady Wolves program, was honoured as Goaltender of the Year and first team all-star.

The stats speak for themselves. After ranking 1st in shutouts (6) and wins (14), 2nd in save percentage (.944) and 3rd in goals against average (1.33) during the regular season, the Chemical Engineering major has actually turned in up a notch in the post-season.

She currently shows the way in save percentage (.963), total saves (131) and shutouts (2), while sitting second in goals against with an average below one (0.97). From a Queen's perspective, Pascal would share the spotlight with league leading scorer Katrina Manoukarakis (15G-15A-30 pts in 24 games), who walked off with Player of the Year accolades, along with her all-star spot among the forwards.

Captain Jessica Wakefield also earned an all-star nod on the blueline, while head coach Matt Holmberg was rewarded as Coach of the Year. Rounding out the first all-star team are forwards Ailish Forfar of Ryerson and North Bay native Maria Dominico of Nipissing, along with fellow Laker Zosia Davis on the back-end.

With the defending champion Alberta Pandas eliminated in a western semi-final, the lineup at nationals which kickoff March 15th in London includes: Queen's Gaels, Western Mustangs, Saskatchewan Huskies, Manitoba Bisons, Concordia Stingers, Montreal Carabins, St Mary's Huskies and St Francis Xavier X-Women.

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