The AUS women’s hockey playoffs are coming back to Sackville, though in a different format than a year ago. Game two of the first round best-of-three series between the Saint Thomas Tommies and Mount Allison Mounties will be played in Sackville on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre.
The Mounties entered Tuesday’s opening game (result not available at time of printing) on a five-game losing streak, punctuated by a 2-0 loss at home on Saturday to the Tommies. Emily Francis scored both of the Tommies’ goals.
The Mounties have not been without their fair share of chances during the skid, as it seems the puck has just not been bouncing their way. The forward line in particular of Lindsay James, Courtney King and Amanda Volcko has been creating offensive chances almost every shift, while other forwards like Megan Entwistle, Shelby Colton, Sam Bujold and Jen Dillon have not been without great chances as well.
James had the Mounties’ best chance against Saint Thomas on a breakaway after a picture-perfect pass from captain Kristen Cooze from inside her own blueline to the opposite zone.
The AUS playoffs are but a formality for the Tommies, who will be playing in the National Championship tournament as the hosts, but would like to go into that tournament as champions and not just the hosts.
The Mounties, despite their recent struggles offensively, should have positive feelings about the way they have played leading up to the postseason. Led by fourth-year players King, James, Cooze, Entwistle, Meg Cameron and Carmanah Hunter, Mount Allison will try and make some noise in the playoffs starting with this first round series.