Shelley Cockerill fired two goals and two assists and Kim Houde chipped in a goal and two assists to pace Manitoba to a 7-1 victory over Newfoundland and Labrador in their final game at the Esso Women's National Hockey Championships Saturday in Sydney, N.S.
After opening the tournament with two straight overtime losses, Manitoba bounced back to win its final three games and finish second in Pool B. They were the only team in the tournament not to lose in regulation.
Manitoba's leading scorer, Houde was named the top forward in Pool B.
Meanwhile, Manitobans were making their presence felt in the bronze-medal game even if it was for another province's team.
Laura Fridfinnson of Arborg had a goal and an assist as Alberta defeated New Brunswick 7-3 to win the bronze. Alberta also featured national team member Delaney Collins of Pilot Mound and Jocelyne Larocque of Ste-Anne on defence and Chantal Larocque of Ste-Anne at forward.
TRACK STARS: University of Manitoba's Sharon Drake picked up a bronze medal in women's 300 metres and helped the Bisons earn bronze in 4x200m relay to pace the Bisons women to eighth place overall at the CIS track and field championships this weekend in Saskatoon.
Consisting of Caley Miskimmin, Jana Cassidy, Diana King and Drake, the eighth-ranked Bisons relay team beat their season best by more than two seconds in the final.
On the men's side, top-ranked Kris Geyson of Manitoba won silver in the 300m while Paul Carr, Andrew Schellenberg, Kristjan Hunter and Sam Jerema teamed up for a silver with a season best in the 4x800m relay as the Bisons men finished ninth overall.
Meanwhile, Winnipegger Alanna Boudreau of Western Ontario struck gold in the triple jump, tying her season best with a leap of 12.01m.
MOTHER OF HOCKEY: Eileen Swerdyliak, the "mother of hockey" in Ritchot and Ile des Chenes has earned a place of honour in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in recognition of her years as a dedicated volunteer, it was announced last week.
Swerdyliak has been named the RBC Local Hockey Leader for Manitoba as one of 13 volunteers from across the country to be recognized. RBC Insurance will donate $10,000 to a community hockey cause in her name and she will receive a signed Team Canada jersey.
She is also invited to attend a special ceremony unveiling a display honouring the 2005-2006 RBC Local Hockey Leaders at the Hockey Hall of Fame. A banner recognizing the achievement will be raised in her local arena.