U of A Pandas win CIS hockey gold

Dana Vinge recorded her third consecutive shutout to lead the University of Alberta Pandas to a 2-0 victory over the McGill Martlets and a CIS-record seventh national women’s hockey championship.

ANTIGONISH, N.S. — Dana Vinge recorded her third consecutive shutout to lead the University of Alberta Pandas to a 2-0 victory over the McGill Martlets and a CIS-record seventh national women’s hockey championship.

Alberta won its first title since it defeated McGill in the 2007 final.

The Pandas also made history by halting McGill’s record 86-game winning streak. The Martlets came into Sunday’s final as two-time defending champions and hadn’t lost since dropping a 2-1 shootout decision to Alberta on December 30, 2007.

But top-ranked McGill could not solve Vinge, who stopped all 18 shots she faced. She also shut out the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks and St. Francis Xavier X-Women in round-robin play at the championship tournament.

Red Deer native Jennifer Jubb is a forward with the Pandas.

Alberta’s formula for victory was similar to the team’s 2-0 win over St. FX on Saturday. As in that game, Melody Howard and Alana Cabana provided the Panda goals and Vinge made them stand up.

Howard opened the scoring six minutes into the first period, picking up her own rebound and lifting a shot high over McGill goaltender Taylor Salisbury.

With the teams playing four-on-four late in the second period, Cabana dug a loose puck out of a goalmouth scramble and beat Salisbury to give Alberta a two-goal edge. That was more than enough support for Vinge, who led all Canada West goaltenders with an 0.91 goals-against average this season.

The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks took the bronze medal with a 4-0 win over the St. Mary’s Huskies earlier in the day.

Dinos chomp Spartans in volleyball final

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The University of Calgary defeated the Trinity Western Spartans 3-1 in the final of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s volleyball final Sunday, giving the Dinos their first title in 17 years.

Set scores were 25-22, 25-21, 23-25 and 27-25.

Calgary last won the national title in 1993, beating Montreal 3-0. The Dinos advanced to the final by beating two-time defending champion Alberta 3-2 in the semifinals.

“We came into this tournament knowing that we had to play our best volleyball,” Dinos coach Rod Durrant said. “We got better as the tournament went on. We were underdogs against Alberta and found a way to play hard. This game was a battle as well.”

Championship MVP Graham Vigrass led his team with 16 kills and had 10 digs. Curtis James had 11 kills while middle Oleg Podporin, one of six fifth-year players in the Dinos’ lineup, added 10 kills. Trinity Western was led by tournament all-star Steven Marshall, who had 24 kills and 10 digs. Fellow all-star Marc Howatson added 12 kills.

In the bronze-medal match, Alberta defeated Laval 25-17, 25-21, 30-28. The Bears were led by led by fourth-year middle Spencer Leiske, who had 17 kills and eight digs.