Island goaltender and teammates are Sault College team of the year

Goaltender Gabriella Corbiere, of Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation and her Sault College Cougars women’s hockey team wrapped up a very successful season last week, competing for the first time as a school at the American College Hockey Association (ACHA) division II national championship.

SAULT STE. MARIE—A local goaltender and her Sault College Cougars womens hockey team have been recognized for their efforts this year with a prestigious award.

Goaltender Gabriella (Gabby) Corbiere, of Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation and her Sault College Cougars women’s hockey team was named ‘team of the year’ at the Sault College athletics department’s student-athletes 2021-2022 awards banquet held April 13.

The Cougars placed second in the Central Collegiate Women’s Hockey Association (CCWHA) this year and advanced to the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) national championship for the first time in program history.

The Sault College team posted a 10-5-1 record playing in the CCWHA this year.

The team won their first two games at the nationals, with a shutout by Ms. Corbiere in the first game and a 6-1 win over the University of Vermont in their second game. In a battle for a semi-final spot in their third game, Sault College dropped a 3-1 decision to Assiniboine Community College to finish the tournament with a 2-1 record

Mr. Corbiere is a first-year goaltender. She is studying fish and wildlife management at college. She was outstanding in net during the central division playoffs, being a key player in the Cougars’ successes, recording a 5-2 win over Adrian College, a 4-4 tie against Northern Michigan University and a 2-1 loss in the championship game against Lake Superior State University. By finishing second, they advanced to the nationals which took place in St. Louis, Missouri.