The Assiniboine Community College Cougars and Minot State University Beavers met six times prior to the start of the 2019 American Collegiate Hockey Association’s National Women’s Division II Championship in Texas.

The Cougars lost all six but when the two teams met with the most important game of the season on the line it was the Brandon school that won the seventh.

Simone Turner-Cummer of Carman scored a power play goal with 4:51 left in the first period and Marley Quesnel of Dauphin stopped all 18 shots she faced as the Cougars defeated Minot State 1-0 in the championship game Sunday afternoon in Frisco.

Turner-Cummer was named the Tournament MVP.

Three former Pembina Valley Hawks, all from Morden, brought home gold medals from deep in the heart of Texas.

“It was great to go to Nationals twice and then to win it all is pretty amazing seeing as we had such a hard time with Minot all year,” said forward Alyssa Alderson shortly after the team cleared customs at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport and before their congratulatory visit with Premier Brian Pallister at the Manitoba Legislative Building. “The last game meant the most to us and we pulled it off so that’s really exciting for us.”

“It was an unbelievable feeling,” added forward Erin Doherty. “We got up on them in the first and then after that – that was it. With no goals the rest of the game, everyone was kind of on their toes for the entire game. It was an unbelievable experience and I can’t describe the feeling.”

Defenseman Kenzie Heide was on the ice for the final 60 seconds.

“It was stressful. The emotions and the tension was high the last minute trying to get the last push through and make sure they didn’t have any opportunities. Ultimately the stress was high. Looking at the clock counting down, it did seem like it went on forever and ever, but when the buzzer went it was an unbelievable feeling.”

The Cougars were perfect in Texas.

ACC defeated Mercyhurst University 8-0; Northeastern University 6-1 and Rowan University 6-1 in the preliminary round. The Cougars then edged the Lakehead University Thunderwolves of Thunder Bay 2-1 in the semifinals.

Assiniboine Community College joined the American Collegiate Hockey Association Women’s Division II in the fall of 2016.

Clayton Dreger asked Cougars head coach Tony Bertone to talk about their season


cougars trophy apr01The ACC Cougars are National Champions  (photo courtesy Justin Langan/ACC Interactive Media Arts)

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Tuesday, April 23rd

Eastern Conference
Boston 4 Toronto 1
(Bruins win best of 7 quarterfinal 4-3)
Western Conference
Vegas at San Jose, 9 p.m.
(series tied 3-3)

Pembina Valley 4 St. James 2
(Twisters lead best of 7 final 2-1)

Major League Baseball
San Francisco 7 Toronto 6
Miami 3 Cleveland 1
Seattle at San Diego, 9:10 p.m.
American League

Baltimore 9 Chicago 1
Tampa Bay 5 Kansas City 2
Minnesota at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
Texas at Oakland, 9:07 p.m.
New York at Los Angeles, 9:07 p.m.
1st game: Detroit 7 Boston 4
2nd game: Detroit 4 Boston 2
National League
Cincinnati 7 Atlanta 6
Arizona 2 Pittsburgh 1
New York 9 Philadelphia 0
Milwaukee at St. Louis, 6:45 p.m.
Los Angeles at Chicago, 7:05 p.m.
Washington at Colorado, 7:40 p.m.

Eastern Conference
Toronto 115 Orlando 96
(Raptors win best of 7 quarterfinal 4-1)
Philadelphia 122 Brooklyn 100
(76ers win series 4-1)
Western Conference
San Antonio at Denver, 8:30 p.m.
(series tied 2-2)
Oklahoma City at Portland, 9:30 p.m.
(Trail Blazers lead series 3-1)

Wednesday, April 24th

Eastern Conference
Carolina at Washington, 6:30 p.m.
(best of 7 quarterfinal tied 3-3)

Major League Baseball
Miami at Cleveland, 12:10 p.m.
Seattle at San Diego, 2:40 p.m.
San Francisco at Toronto, 3:07 p.m.
American League
Kansas City at Tampa Bay, 12:10 p.m.
Texas at Oakland, 2:37 p.m.
Chicago at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m.
Detroit at Boston, 6:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
New York at Los Angeles, 9:07 p.m.
National League
Milwaukee at St. Louis, 12:15 p.m.
Washington at Colorado, 2:10 p.m.
Atlanta at Cincinnati, 5:40 p.m.
Arizona at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at New York, 6:10 p.m.
Los Angeles at Chicago, 7:05 p.m.

Western Conference
Utah at Houston, 7 p.m.
(Rockets lead best of 7 quarterfinal 3-1)
L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.
(Warriors lead series 3-1)

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