The Dalhousie Tigers’ women’s hockey team lost 3-2 to the Mount Allison Mounties on Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Halifax Forum.
“I thought our team battled pretty hard, we had a couple of defensive lapses but we just couldn’t score enough,” said Tigers’ Head Coach Sean Fraser.
The Mounties opened the scoring 03:17 into the hockey game. Mounties forward Amanda Volcko skated down the right wing and shot the puck over Tigers goaltender Mati Barrett’s glove and into the net.
After a scoreless second period the Mounties stretched their lead to 2-0, 02:43 into the third period. Mounties forward Samantha Bujold passed the puck to teammate Mackenzie Lalonde in front of the Tigers’ net. Lalonde shot the puck over Barrett’s glove and into the net.
The Tigers did not go away. On the power play at the 14:17 mark of the period, Tigers’ co-Captain Sarah Robichaud and teammate Laura Brooks were on a two-on-one break. Robiachaud shot the puck from the left face-off circle and Mounties goaltender Keri Martin made the glove save but couldn’t hold on to the puck. Brooks got the loose puck and shot it into the net. Jennifer Thompson got the other assist.
The Mounties answered back just over two minutes later. Mounties forward Heather Richards scored on a wraparound to restore the Mounties two-goal lead.
With 50 seconds left in the game, the Tigers pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. Sixteen seconds later, Robichaud skated down the right-wing in the Mounties zone and fired a shot towards the goal. Martin made the save but the puck came out to Tiger Courtney Sheedy at the left side of the net and she whacked the puck in to make the score 3-2.
The Tigers kept pressing trying to get the tying goal, but they ran out of time and the Mounties won 3-2.
The Mounties outshot the Tigers 29-24 in the game. Keri Martin made 22 saves for the Mounties while Mati Barrett made 26 saves for the Tigers.
Co-Captain Joleen McInnis liked the resiliency from the team but knows they can’t put themselves behind in games.
“It’s good too see for sure but I think we need to stop coming back from behind and start leading these games,” she said.
The Tigers have been battling a number of injuries as they try to make a run for the playoffs. Sarah MacNeil, Lisa Maclean, Tara Morning are all injured for the rest of the season. Unfortunately, MacNeil’s injury means her Tigers career is over as she is in her final year of eligibility.
“Sarah has been great for us, we certainly miss her leadership,” Fraser said. “On the ice she constantly gives us so much effort, she will definitely be missed.”
McInnis believes improving the offense is what they are going to have to do in order to improve.
“We need to get some good quality shots and bear down on our chances.”