Ellla Matteucci has put Fruitvale on the NCAA women’s hockey map. The former Kootenay Wildcat rearguard helped Clarkson end Minnesota’s two-year run as NCAA women’s hockey champions as the Golden Knights posted the 5-4 upset in the final of the Frozen Four Sunday in Connecticut.Shannon MacAulay, from Mount Herbert, P.E.I., scored on a breakaway with 4:16 left in the third to help give Clarkson a surprise win.Clarkson (31-5-5) earned its first national title in any sport and became the first non-Western Collegiate Hockey Association team to win a women’s hockey national championship. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Minnesota Duluth combined to win the first 13 national titles.Minnesota (38-2-1) fell behind 3-1, rallied to tie the game at 3-3, but again fell behind by two goals at 5-3 late in the third period before narrowing the gap to one.The Golden Knights defeated Mercyhurst 5-1 in Friday’s semifinal game.Matteucci, the daughter of Melissa and Paul Matteucci of Fruitvale, completed her junior year with the Golden Knights working on a history degree.The 5’7″ rearguard is a versatile skater who has played forward and defence for the Golden Knights and has four assists in three seasons with Clarkson. Before landing a scholarship with Clarkson Matteucci, an outstanding baseball player, played for Notre Dame Hounds.
After scoring two goals in two games to open the season, the Leafs dropped 15 against Fernie and Columbia Valley during the weekend — albeit, a dozen came against Ghostriders in a 12-3 shellacking.Morey believes with a little luck around the net, Nelson could be undefeated heading into the weekend.“I think we could be 4-0 had we had better finish around the net,” he said.Rookie Ryan Cooper leads Nelson in scoring with five points in three games with Jackson Zimmermann, Ethan Beattie, Sawyer Hunt and David Sanchez tied for second, each with four points.Zimmermann leads the Leafs in goals with three.In goal is where Nelson has shined with Josh Williams currently in seventh spot in goalie stats with a stingy 1.50 goals against average in two games.Quinn Yeager is 14th overall with a 2.34 average.Injury updateMorey said forward Logan Wullum is very close to returning to the lineup. Wullum, out with a hand injury, played briefly against Fernie and is now considered day-to-day.Morey said the Leaf assistant captain should be back when Nelson travels to Grand Forks to meet the Bruins.Meanwhile defenceman Michael Bladon is waiting for medical clearance.The rookie rearguard has yet to see action this season.Edmonton native Troy Glionna has left the team for personal reason and has been released.In three games with Nelson, Glionna did not register a point. Fresh from playing the past seven consecutive games at home — four regular season and three exhibitions — the Nelson Leafs venture out for a three-game road trip.The Leafs, 2-1-1, travel to the Lilac City Friday for a division rivalry game against the Spokane Braves.Spokane is off to a good start with the only blemish an overtime loss in four games. The early season result has the Braves tied for top spot in the Murdoch Division with Grand Forks Border Bruins.Nelson will have a new face in the lineup as the Green and White acquired 6’1”, 180-pound forward Jaiden Laporte from the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.Leaf GM Lance Morey said Laporte became available after being a late cut from the Northern Alberta squad.“Jaiden is a power forward who processes a big league shot,” Morey said about the new acquisition.“I think it adds another dimension to help our offensive output.”“Adding another big body up front just adds to an already strong forward group that is becoming very tough to play against,” Morey added.The Leafs travel to Creston Saturday for the fourth meeting of the season against a team from the Eddie Mountain Division.Next week the Leafs conclude the three-game road trip against the Border Bruins in Grand Forks before returning to the NDCC Arena to face Creston Saturday, September 30.Lack of finish around the net proves costly early in the season
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 31, 2015)–Owner/trainer Wesley Ward’s Shrinking Violet returns to Southern California to defend her title against 11 other older fillies and mares in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Monrovia Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.A well beaten ninth as the even money favorite in the 6 ½ furlong turf Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint Stakes Sept. 14, Shrinking Violet was a 4 ¾ length winner of the five furlong turf Daisycutter Handicap two starts back at Del Mar on Aug. 7. A 6-year-old mare by Congaree, Shrinking Violet’s lone start down Santa Anita’s unique hillside layout resulted in a length and a quarter score in last year’s Monrovia.With Kent Desormeaux engaged to ride her back, Shrinking Violet has good tactical speed and the ability to kick clear when called upon. Desormeaux, who was aboard for last year’s Monrovia win, has guided her to three wins from five tries. With eight wins from 20 starts, Shrinking Violet has earnings of $456,528.Well beaten going one mile on turf in the Grade I Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 29, Brazilian-bred Baruta returns to the site of her Grade III Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes win two starts back on Oct. 25 and will break from the far outside with Flavien Prat. Trained by Richard Mandella, the 7-year-old Baruta is 7-2-3-1 down the hill and will be bidding for her seventh lifetime win from 23 starts. Owned and bred by Rio Dois Irmaos, LLC, she has earnings of $313,808.In her only start at Santa Anita, trainer Arnaud Delacour’s Ageless was a close fourth, beaten three quarters of a length in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 1, 2014. A winner of Woodbine’s Grade III Royal North Stakes at six furlongs on turf two starts back July 26, the 7-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Successful Appeal comes off a head victory in a minor stakes going 5 ½ furlongs on turf at Keeneland Oct. 9.Owned by Lael Stables, Ageless will be handled by her regular rider, Julien Leparoux, who was on holiday in his native France the past week. Ageless has an enviable lifetime mark of 22-11-4-4, with earnings of $713,130.In what ranks as one of the best recent claims in Southern California, trainer Matt Chew haltered California-bred Singing Kitty for $32,000 on Dec. 11, 2014, and guided her through a 2015 campaign that included three stakes wins from eight starts and year-end earnings of $267,800.Most recently third, beaten 1 ¾ lengths in the one mile turf Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes Oct. 17, the 4-year-old Ministers Wild Cat filly seeks her first graded win in the Monrovia. Owned by Chris Aulds and Peter Jeong, Singing Kitty drew the rail and will be ridden for the first time by Gary Stevens. Her overall mark stands at 13-5-1-1, and she has earnings of $332,988.The complete field for the Grade II Monrovia Stakes, to be run as the seventh race on a nine-race program Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Singing Kitty, Gary Stevens, 118; My Year Is a Day, Tyler Baze, 118; Heavens Stairway, Iggy Puglisi, 118; Our Pure Creation, Fernando Perez, 118; Prize Exhibit, Santiago Gonzalez, 123; Shrinking Violet, Kent Desormeaux, 120; Velvet Mesquite, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Illuminant, Mike Smith, 118; Lutine Belle, Alex Solis, 118; Theatre Star, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Ageless, Julien Leparoux, 118, and Baruta, Flavien Prat, 118.First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30–