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Dinos open CIS women's hockey event on winning note

The Canadian Press

3/7/2013 5:00:58 PM

TORONTO -- Tanya Morgan had a goal and two assists to lead the fifth-ranked Calgary Dinos to a 4-0 upset win over the No. 2 St. Francis Xavier X-Women in the opening game of the CIS women's hockey tournament Thursday.

National team star Hayley Wickenheiser, Iya Gavrilova and Elana Lovell had the other goals for Calgary, the defending champion. Amanda Tapp stopped 17 shots for the shutout.

"We knew it would be a battle," said Calgary coach Danielle Goyette, a former national team member. "We knew that they can bounce back, so we really had to tie them up in the defensive zone and not give them any opportunities.

"The girls played well today, and the longer the game went on the better we played."

Kristy Garrow made 41 saves for St. Francis, whose win streak ended at 17 games.

"They are a very good hockey team and if you don't take advantage of your opportunities early on it's really hard to come back," said St. Francis head coach David Synishin. "We have to reset.

"The thing about this tournament is that if you win one game you're in the bronze medal game and I think that's a very legitimate goal for us."

The host University of Toronto was scheduled to face the top-ranked Montreal Carabins later Thursday night at Varsity Arena.