Mounties beat St. FX in double overtime thriller to advance to the Subway AUS women’s hockey final

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The Mount Allison Mounties women’s hockey team is headed to the AUS finals for the second time in three seasons. Fourth year Mountie Lindsay James continued her dominating playoff run by scoring her sixth goal in five playoff games, this one just minutes into the second overtime period to give the Mounties a 3-2 win and a 2-1 series win in their AUS semi-final against the top seeded St. FX X-Women.

St. FX opened the semi-final series with a 4-1 win on home ice last Tuesday night. But the determined Mounties had lots of fight left, using two first period goals to pace a 3-1 win at home on Thursday over the CIS 9th ranked X-Women. This set up a game 3 showdown that did not disappoint, delivering lots of excitement over more than four periods of play.

The Mounties opened the scoring with just over two minutes remaining in the first period when second year Mountie Samantha Bujold used an X defender as a screen and beat Sojung Shin. St. FX responded by pressuring very hard in the final two minutes of the first but a couple of big saves by Kate O’Brien kept the X-Women off the board. The lead was short lived however as Schyler Campbell scored 32 seconds into the second period to even the score at 1-1.

The score remained 1-1 until four and a half minutes into the third period when Emily van Diepen scored on a wraparound attempt to give the Mounties a 2-1 lead.  The X-women once again responded, this time when Kara Power converted a rebound with just under 10 minutes to play. From there, both teams had chances late in the third period, but the goalies stood tall, and overtime was calling.

The Mounties showed lots of jump in the first overtime, outshooting the X-women 7-1. But it was their first shot of the second overtime off the stick of Lindsay James that really mattered.  After two massive saves by Kate O’Brien in the Mounties goal, the puck turned quickly up ice and James found herself one-on-one at the X blueline. Using the defender as a screen James picked the top corner glove side perfectly, sending the Mounties exploding off their bench in celebration.

Mounties netminder Kate O’Brien saved her best performance of the playoffs for game three, turning aside 25 of the 27 shots she faced. The Mounties will now face the U de M Aigles Bleues in the best of three AUS championship series this coming week. This year marks the first year that AUS women’s hockey has moved to elimination series instead of the previous tournament format.

The Mounties win in the series also marks the second time this year a Mounties team has knocked off a defending AUS champion. Last fall, the football Mounties eliminated the Acadia Axemen on their way to their first Loney Bowl Championship in 17 years.



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