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Carabins, Blues earn semifinal date in U Sports women's hockey championship

SASKATOON — Jade Picard had a goal and two assists as the Montreal Carabins upset the UBC Thunderbirds 4-2 on Friday at the U Sports women's hockey championship.

Joannie Garand, Picard and Laurie-Anne Ethier (empty-netter) scored third-period goals to lead seventh-seeded Montreal past No. 2 UBC. The two teams entered the final frame tied 1-1.

Garand and Mylene Lefebvre both had a goal and an assist for Montreal.

Cassidy Rhodes and Sophia Gaskell replied for UBC, who outshot the Carabins 26-22.

Later Friday, the sixth-ranked Toronto Varsity Blues knocked off the third-seeded University of New Brunswick Reds 2-1.

Sophie Grawbarger's goal at 17:39 of the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted Toronto to the upset victory.

Grawbarger also assisted on Ashley Delahey's first-period goal.

Mackenzie Keenan scored for New Brunswick.

The Carabins will meet the Blues in Saturday's semifinals.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 15, 2024.

The Canadian Press