Monday, 11 February 2013

Tommies trump Panthers

Our fifth year veterans were the difference tonight as the St. Thomas Tommies defeated the UPEI Panthers 1 - 0 in a rare Monday night AUS game.   Captain Kayla Blackmore scored the game winning goal and Julia Sharun made it stand up picking up her fifth shutout of the season to help STU solidify second place in the AUS.

In a battle of goaltenders between STU's Julia Sharun and UPEI's Marie Deschenes, the only goal was scored shorthanded at 13:33 of the first period.  Dani Miller blocked a shot close to the Tommies blue line and pushed the puck forward to centre ice where Kayla Blackmore won a foot race and went in all alone and deposited a backhander for a 1 - 0 Tommies lead.  Shots favoured UPEI 8 to 7 in the period.

UPEI was shorthanded for 8 of the 20 minutes in the second period but Deschene held the fort for the Panthers.  Shots were 12 to 5 for STU.

The third period was scoreless, as Julia Sharun preserved the big four point night for STU.  Final shots were 33 to 22 for the Tommies.  STU's powerplay was 0 for 9 but their penalty kill was 4 for 4 plus scored the winning goal.

The Tommies will look to clinch their second place spot on Wednesday night when they travel to Sackville to take on the MT A Mounties.  Game time is 8 PM.

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