Silver shines for Oakville’s Kessler in women’s hockey

RAVENSBURG, GERMANY – Despite a stingy .50 goals against average from netminders Christina Kessler of Oakville and Liz Knox of Stouffville, Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team had to settle for the silver medal at the 2009 MLP Cup after falling 2-1 to Sweden in the gold medal game on Tuesday (Jan. 6).

Kessler, who plays for Harvard University in the East Coast Athletic Conference, and Knox, who plays for Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario University Athletics, held their opponents to two goals their four tournament games. Both those goals were in the loss to Sweden as Kessler and Knox had a combined .973 save percentage.

Canada has won the tournament (formerly known as the Air Canada Cup) in six of the seven years of its existence, winning 21 of 23 games all-time.

Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, ON/Mercyhurst College) scored her tournament-leading fourth goal early in the second period of Tuesday’s gold medal game to opening the scoring. Jennifer Wakefield (Pickering, ON/University of New Hampshire) and Lauriane Rougeau (Beaconsfield, QC/Dawson College) had assists on Agosta’s goal.

Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, ON/Cornell University), playing in the tournament for the third time, led the way offensively, tying for the tournament lead in scoring with seven points (three goals, four assists) in four games. Haley Irwin (Thunder Bay, ON/University of Minnesota-Duluth) also finished in the top five with six points (two goals, four assists). In total, 18 of Canada’s 20 skaters recorded at least one point.

For more information on Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team, visit Hockey Canada’s official website at