Kristen Cooze is shown in this undated photo. ‚ÄĒ Submitted photo
Knocking off the top seed along the way was a thrilling moment for Kristen Cooze, but for the second time in three years she had to settle for silver at the Atlantic University Sport women‚Äôs hockey championship.
Cooze and her Mount Allison Mounties teammates lost 2-0 to the Universit√© de Moncton Aigles Bleues in Game 3 of the AUS best-of-three final series back on March 8.
The champions won the series opener 2-1 and the Mounties forced a third and deciding game with a 3-2 triumph in Game 2.
Cooze, a Kippens native, said it was a great series with both teams battling hard. She felt her side needed to create more offensive opportunities, but those didn‚Äôt materialize in the final.
However, she said Aigles Bleues rookie puckstopper, Gabrielle Forget, was another deterrent with some impressive saves down the stretch.
‚ÄúThey had a hot goalie, so sometimes that can be the determining factor of a championship,‚ÄĚ‚Äąshe said.
Taking on the role of team captain at the start of her fourth AUS season, Cooze said the team took a lot of satisfaction and confidence from beating top seed St. Francis Xavier in the semifinal round to earn a berth in her second final in three years.
The X-Women won the semifinal series opener in the best-of-three affair with a 4-1 victory, but Cooze and company bounced back to win Game 2 by a 3-1 score, then stunned them 3-2 in Game 3.
‚ÄúThey were the top team in the league and it was a big thing for us to have won that series,‚ÄĚ she said.
Cooze said the Mounties had long losing streaks to battle throughout the season, but they also managed to string a few wins together at various times.
She feels everybody put it all on the line and should look at the year in a positive light.
Cooze says she‚Äôll work hard over the summer to get ready for her fifth and final year of eligibility.