Hockey

The Ticker (for the week ending Oct. 19)

written by Graeme Benjamin
October 25, 2014 4:02 pm

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Women’s hockey split opening weekend contests

Dalhousie started their season off on the right foot Oct. 17 on the road with a 5-2 victory over the Mount Allison Mounties.

The Tigers scored five unanswered goals after the Mounties jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Danielle Bourgeois opened the scoring for the Mounties in the second minute of the first, sliding one past Tigers goaltender Jeanne Morin for her first of the season. Regardless of the early slip, the Tigers still led in shots on goal by the end of the period 12-11.

Mounties’ Mackenzie Lalonde put away her first of the year five and a half minutes into the second period to make the game 2-0.

Then, the Tigers took over.

Dal’s Jesse Rietveld, Maggie Beaton and Courtney Sheedy all recorded their first goals of the campaign to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead going into the third. Elizabeth MacArthur, who had a game-high three points, and Rietveld added insurance markers in the third to give the Tigers their first win of the season. Morin made 22 saves in her first win of the season.

The Tigers looked to keep the momentum going at the Halifax Forum on Oct. 19 in their first home game of the year against the St. Thomas Thommies. MacArthur opened the scoring for the Tigers off a feed from Kenzie MacPhee less than three minutes into the game. Thommies’ Teah Anderson and Myfanwy Thomson capitalized on the power play in the second to give their team a one-goal lead entering the third.

After Anderson added her second of the game to make it 3-1, MacArthur scored her third of the year on the power play followed by a goal from Beaton to make it a tie game. However, St. Thomas’ Lauren Henman scored the winner with just over five minutes to play to give the Thommies their second win of the season.

The Tigers look to reset and take on the Saint Mary’s Huskies on Oct. 22, followed by the St. FX X-Women on Oct. 24. Both the X-Women and the Huskies finished first and second in the AUS standings last year, respectively.

Men’s hockey open campaign with three straight losses

There have been few bright spots in Dalhousie’s men’s hockey team’s first three games of the season. After getting shut-out by the Acadia Axemen 4-0 on the road Oct. 9, the Tigers were unable to play sound defensively against the CIS second-ranked UNB Varsity Reds or the Moncton Aigles Bleus, losing 6-3 and 4-2, respectively.

The Tigers kept pace with the V-Reds in the first period, exchanging goals on two different occasions. Pierre Vandall and Mike Evelyn found the back of the net for the Tigers, while Cameron Brace and Matt Boudens were the goal scorers for the V-Reds.

The Tigers let things slip in the second, however, allowing four goals in six minutes, putting the game well out of reach. Tigers’ netminder Wendell Vye kept his team in it, making 36 saves on the night.

It was much of the same in their game against Moncton. Again, the Tigers had a strong first period with goals from Fabian Walsh and Mitch O’Neill to give the Tigers a two-goal lead going into the second. But the Tigers got into penalty trouble, allowing Moncton’s Alex Saulnier and Alex Emond to both score within three minutes to tie the game at two. Saulnier then scored what would become the game-winner in third off a feed from Mathieu Martin. Alex Emond put away the empty netter to give the Aigles Bleus their third consecutive win.

The Tigers look to achieve their first win of the season against the Saint Mary’s Huskies on Oct. 22. They then play two days after that against the UPEI Panthers.

Men’s and women’s swim teams win Jack Scholz Invitational with ease

Both of Dalhousie’s swim teams handily won the Jack Scholz Invitational on Oct. 18. The men had a combined 305 points, while the women 278.5, which was 100 more than the second place Mounties.

On the women’s side, Keisha Mills walked away with three medals. She won the 200 and 50-metre breaststroke, and placed second in the 400-metre medley. Other notable finishers on the women’s side were Paige Crowell, Kaetlin Fenton, Alison Grant and Ann Johnsen who all took home gold medals. Crowell won the 400-metre medley and placed second in the 200-metre backstroke. Fenton placed first in the 800-metre freestyle and third in the 200-metre medley. Grant and Johnsen each had one podium finish, with Grant winning the 400-metre freestyle and Johnsen the 50-metre butterfly.

The men had five swimmers land on top of the podium: Sean Berrigan, Keenan Teghtsoonian, Gavin Dyke, Chris Reith and Kyle Watson.

Berrigan received two gold medals over the weekend, winning both the 100 and 50-metre backstroke. Teghtsoonian also won two gold in the 200 and 400-metre medley. Dyke and Watson each won a freestyle event, with Dyke winning the 200-metre and Watson winning the 400. Reith rounded out the gold medals for the Tigers in the 1500-metre freestyle.

The swim team’s next meet is on Nov.1 at the Amby Legere AUS Invitational at UNB.