03/17/2016 13:25 EDT | Updated 03/18/2017 01:12 EDT

Top-ranked Gryphons win first game at CIS women's hockey tournament

CALGARY — Averi Nooren scored twice to lift the top-ranked Guelph Gryphons to a 3-0 quarter-final win over St. Thomas at the CIS women's hockey championship Thursday.

Katherine Bailey assisted on both goals while Marcie Landman also scored for Guelph. Jessica Pellegrino added a pair of assists.

Valerie Lamenta made 18 saves in the shutout.

Taylor Cook stopped 26 shots in the eighth-ranked Tommies' net.

The Gryphons are gunning for their first CIS women's hockey crown after enjoying their best season in program history.

The Gryphons finished atop the CIS this season with a 21-2-1 record. They captured their first conference banner since 1998 with five wins in six playoff games.

McGill plays UBC in the second quarter-final later Thursday.