he Windsor Lancers Women’s Hockey team were eliminated from the OUA playoffs Sunday after falling 3-1 in Game 3 to the nationally top-ranked Laurier Golden Hawks.
Candace Kourounis tied the game 1-1 early in the second period for the Lancers, but Laurier scored twice more to take the best-of-three series 2-1.
Playing on the road in Game 1, Windsor pulled off a huge upset, beating the Golden Hawks 1-0. Despite being outshot 43-17, the Lancers defence was unbeatable. Julia Ouroumis earned her second shutout of the playoffs with Kayla Dodson scoring the game-winner.
Laurier rebounded in Game 2 Saturday at South Windsor Arena, winning 4-1. Krysten Bortolotti scored the lone goal for the Lancers.
The previous weekend, the Lancers advanced to the semis following a 2-0 win over Guelph in the OUA quarter-finals.
Led by Jane Gaffney’s two goals, the Lancers defeated Guelph 3-2 in the first game. Ally Strickland also scored for Windsor and Ouroumis registered 28 saves in the win.
With momentum on their side, the Lancers returned home where they completed the series sweep with a 1-0 win Feb. 18 to eliminate the favourite Gryphons from the playoffs.
Bortolotti scored the lone goal of the game with Courtney Spoors and Manon Davis earning the assists. Ouroumis was sensational in net, stopping all 31 shots she faced.