Hockey Mounties look for pre-playoff positives

Wray Perkin
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The Mount Allison Women’s Hockey Mounties are looking to find their way back into the win column and enter the postseason on a high note with two home games left in the regular season this coming weekend. Currently mired in a three-game losing streak, the playoff-bound Mounties hope to gain some momentum going into a playoff series against either the Saint Thomas Tommies or the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleues.

After a tough 4-0 loss at home to Moncton last Tuesday, the Mounties travelled to Moncton on Saturday for a rematch, and came home with a 2-0 loss. Moncton dominated much of the first two periods, outshooting the Mounties 21-12 and finding their way on the scoreboard by virtue of a powerplay goal by Amelie Dion.

The Mounties turned it on in the third, but it was too little too late and they still were unable to solve Moncton netminder Gabrielle Forget, who stopped 23 shots for the shutout.

Keri Martin played a strong game in net for the Mounties, stopping 27 shots. The Aigles Bleues scored into an empty net to seal the deal with 36 seconds remaining.

Martin got her second start in as many days on Sunday when the Mounties played host to the first-place St FX X-Women, stopping 26 shots but in a losing effort by a 4-2 margin.

Another powerplay goal for the opponents put the Mounties behind early, and soon after the second period started, the Mounties trailed 2-0.

Kara Anthony got Mount A on the board halfway through the period to cut the lead in half. Under five minutes into the third, Megan Entwistle pounced on a rebound in close and jammed the puck in to tie the game at 2-2.

Only a minute after the tying goal, the X-Women re-gained the lead on another rebound chance in front, and they would score a game-clinching goal after a defensive breakdown by the Mounties with eighteen seconds remaining to put the game out of reach.

Rookie centre Kelly Matarazzo picked up assists on both goals for the Mounties, while Erin Brophy recorded a goal and two assists for the X-Women. Sojung Shin made 27 saves for St FX.

With a record of 10-12-0 (20 pts) the Mounties find themselves in fifth spot, two points ahead of UPEI (8-13-2, 18 pts). The Mounties will finish in fifth place regardless of the outcome of the weekend by virtue of having more wins than the Panthers will finish up with, and will face either Universite de Moncton (13-9-1, 27 pts) or Saint Thomas (11-7-5, 27 pts) in their first-round playoff series.

Hoping to get leading scorer Courtney King back from injury, the Mounties host UPEI on Friday night at 7 p.m. and conclude the regular season at home against Saint Thomas at 3:45 p.m. Saturday. Saturday’s game will be the final regular season home game for seniors King, Entwistle Lindsay James, Carmanah Hunter and Meg Cameron.

Organizations: Panthers, Universite de Moncton

Geographic location: Moncton

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