The Dalhousie Tigers’ women’s hockey team lost 4-1 to the league leading Saint Mary’s Huskies on Sunday, Jan. 31 at the Alumni Arena.
“It was a very good game, we started off really well and that was something we wanted to focus on,” said Tigers’ forward Elizabeth MacArthur. “It’s too bad with the outcome but we were working hard so we were happy with our effort.”
Both teams took turns controlling the play in the first period. The Huskies outshot the Tigers 10-6 in the period. In the second period the Huskies outshot the Tigers 9-4 but neither team was able to score in the first two periods.
The game broke open in the third. Four minutes into the third period, Huskies captain Breanna Lanceleve went on a two-on-one break with Mary Worndl. Lanceleve passed the puck over to Worndl and she shot the puck over Tigers goaltender Jessica Severeyns’s glove and into the net.
The Tigers answered back four-and-a-half minutes later on the powerplay. Tigers centre Jessie Rietveld won the face-off and got the puck back to Rachel Carr at the point. Carr fired a shot and MacArthur tipped it past Huskies goaltender Justine McIntosh and in to the net.
At 11:48 mark of the period, the Huskies regained the lead. Huskies defender Kiana Wilkinson shot the puck from the point that was tipped by Huskies’ forward Caitlyn Manning and ended up in the back of the Tigers’ net.
The Huskies got a two-goal lead with 2:34 left in the period. Huskies defender Sarah Douglas fired the puck from the point and both Lanceleve and Caitlyn Schell were digging at the puck for the Huskies. Eventually, Lanceleve knocked the puck into the net.
Right after the goal the Tigers called a time-out in order to try to get their offense going. They pulled their goaltender shortly after for the extra attacker. With 15 seconds left, Caitlyn Manning scored on the empty net to win the game by a score of 4-1 for the Huskies.
Saint Mary’s outshot Dalhousie 29-17 in the game. Justine McIntosh made 16 saves for the Huskies while Severeyns made 25 saves for the Tigers.
The game was scoreless until the third period, and Tigers Head Coach Sean Fraser believes more even strength play allowed for a more offensive third period.
“There was a little more 5-on-5, which helps because you can get a little more flow going,” Fraser said.
One of the issues the Tigers have had recently is having bad starts to games. In this game, Fraser really like how the team started off.
“They did exactly what we asked they got pucks in deep,” Fraser said. “Our start was much better than it was yesterday.”
MacArthur believes playing a full hard game for the entire 60 minutes is where the team needs to improve.
“If we have a good start we need to make sure we maintain that,” MacArthur said.