It was easily the most dramatic finish of the tournament to this point. Down by a goal with under 40 seconds to play, The King's University Eagles stormed back for a 3-2 win over the SAIT Trojans to earn a berth in the championship. Taylor Hrycun scored twice in the final 40 seconds, including the game winner with just one second remaining, to give the Eagles the victory.
The teams traded goals in the first half, with SAIT opening the scoring and King's answering back just a few minutes later. That set up an exciting second half where the action really ramped up. SAIT netminder Amy Offredi was called upon early. First, she stopped a Gabriella Rocque free kick from near centre court, then charged out to deny Kalie Maskell who found room to run down the right wing. Then it was Eagles' goalie Sarah Berglund's turn to shine as she turned away hard shots from both wings, and got some help from teammate Hrycun in a defensive role on a 2-on-1 that drew a hug from her netminder.
SAIT finally solved Berglund with just over 7:30 to play. Sage Meyers was stopped on her first shot, then headed the rebound off the post that left the ball laying loose for Rachelle LaBranche who made it 2-1 Trojans. That cued the late game fireworks. With only 37 seconds left on the clock, King's took advantage of a corner kick, as Hrycun found the rebound to chip in the tying goal. Then with the clock winding down, Hrycun used some fancy footwork to create space before firing the winner just inside the far post. The King's Eagles will face the Ambrose Lions in the gold medal game at 4:30 p.m. The Trojans will face Keyano for bronze at 1:45 p.m.
King's: Hrycun 2, Croft
SAIT: Lee, LaBranche
Players of the game:
King's: Taylor Hrycun
SAIT: Madelaine Lee