Bisons women likely to battle for bronze

KIRK PENTON

, Last Updated: 10:00 AM ET

The Manitoba Bisons are still in the hunt for a medal at the CIS women's hockey championship in Ottawa after a 4-1 victory yesterday over the Moncton Blue Eagles.

Sarah Stebeleski scored twice for the sixth-seeded Bisons, who will need help -- and likely some divine intervention -- to qualify for tomorrow's gold-medal game.

Bisons head coach Jon Rempel doesn't even know what has to transpire for Manitoba to make the championship match, but he believes the first thing is fourth-seeded Moncton has to beat the No. 1 McGill Martlets by three goals today -- no more or no less.

That is unlikely to happen, since the Martlets easily beat the Bisons 4-1 on Friday.

"We're still mathematically alive," Rempel said. "I wouldn't rule it out, but we'll probably more than likely be in that bronze game."

Stephanie Messner and Leanne Kisil had the other goals for the Bisons yesterday, while Amanda Schnell and Chelsea Braun each had two assists.

Three of Manitoba's goals came on the power play, "and the penalty killing was absolutely excellent," Rempel said.

Stacey Corfield rebounded from a so-so showing on Friday and made 19 saves in the Manitoba net.

The coach was feeling down after Friday's loss to McGill, but his players made a believer out of him yesterday.

"Going into the game I was sort of disappointed and didn't know if I'd be happy with a medal," Rempel said. "But after I saw my kids really battle tonight, I'm really looking forward to the game (tomorrow)."


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