Saturday 15 March 2014

Saskatchewan Wins a Close One

Celebration after Jenna Scott's Unassisted Goal
 The Lady Tommies played their opening game of the CIS Women's Hockey Championships on Friday night at the Grant Harvey Centre in front of a sold out crowd of 1522 fans. The fans were treated to a great effort put forth by both teams.

There was no scoring in the first period however the Tommies had lots of pressure on the Huskies goaltender. The Tommies had 11 shots on goal to Saskatchewan's 5.

It was almost to the midway mark before the scoreless streak was broken for both teams, when the Huskies put the first goal on the board, not to be outdone the Tommies came right back less than a minute later and put one in for themselves off the stick of Emily Ryan (Steinert, McTaggart) to tie the game up. This was the first goal of the season for Ryan and it couldn't have come at a better time. The Tommies kept the pressure on the Huskies goaltender leading the shots on goal again by the end of the frame, 11-10.

The Huskies came out in the third period though re-energized and ready to go keeping the Tommies in their own end. Saskatchewan scored two goals back to back a little over a minute apart, this did not hold the Tommies back though as Jenna Scott (Unassisted) scored with 15 seconds left in the game, the Tommies had a few close calls on the Huskies goaltender but were unable to find the back of the net. This was the first period where Saskatchewan lead the shots on goal 11-10.

The Huskies won the game 3-2. All fans stayed on-hand and at the edge of their seat right to the very end. Cassidy Hendricks of Saskatchewan stopped 30 of 32 shots, while Kristin Wolfe turned away 23 of the 26 shots.

Tomorrow afternoon at 2pm UdeM will face-off against the McGill Martlets while the Tommies are back in action at 7pm when they play the number one ranked Montreal Carabins. Come early if you want a seat as they will fill up quickly and don't leave your noise makers at home.

Let's cheer the Green and Gold onto victory!

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