The Dalhousie Tigers women’s hockey team beat the UPEI Panthers 4-1 on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Halifax Civic Centre.
“I thought we played really well, we had a solid three twenty minute periods, and when we put in the work we definitely get the results we want,” said fourth-year defenseman Laura Brooks.
Five and a half minutes into the first period, Tigers’ defenseman Morgan Kidney fired the puck from the point, the rebound came out and forward Victoria MacIntosh shot the puck into the net to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Kidney and Joleen McInnis got the assists.
With two minutes left in the first period, the Panthers tied it up. Panthers forward Jessie Brown was in the corner and fired a pass in front of the Tigers’ net. However, the puck went between the legs of Tigers’ goaltender Jessica Severyns and into the net.
Neither team was able to score in the second period due to excellent goaltending by both goaltenders, Megan Sullivan for UPEI and Jessica Severeyns for Dalhousie.
Almost fourteen minutes into the third period, Tigers captain Sarah Robichaud got a penalty shot. She skated down the ice and shot the puck over Sullivan’s glove to give the Tigers’ the lead.
Four minutes later, Tigers forward Courtney Sheedy passed the puck over to her teammate Taylor Reicheld at the side of the Panther’s net. Reicheld shot the puck past Sullivan to give the Tigers’ a two-goal lead. It was Riecheld’s first AUS goal.
With a minute and a half left to play, the Panthers pulled their goalie to give the team and extra attacker. However, Tigers Captain Sarah Robichaud got the puck and fired it into the open net to end the game 4-1.
Tigers Captain Robichaud scored two goals in this game moving her up to second in league scoring as of Sunday morning with five goals, two assists and seven points in six games.
“She’s been great for us,” said Tigers head coach Sean Fraser. “She has been a good leader on and off the ice, leading by example and doing all the little things right and it’s paying off obviously on the stats sheets.”
The Tigers have been trying to get their offense going as they have just scored eight goals in five games coming into this game. Tonight, the offense clicked for four goals and according to Victoria MacIntosh, it’s a mixture of a few things that boosted the offense.
“We just really put a stress on having that high forward, supporting each other down low, making sure we are first to pucks and hard out of the corners. It’s just those little things that matter … but the first thing is getting it (the puck) in deep and it works, so we definitely did that tonight.”
Both goaltenders had excellent games. Tigers goaltender Jessica Severeyns made 18 saves on 19 shots, while Panther’s goalie Megan Sullivan made 31 saves on 34 shots.
Overall, Fraser was happy with his team’s performance.
“It was a good game. We played sixty minutes tonight, and I thought we deserved the outcome we got tonight.”
The win puts the Tigers’ record at 2-4. Their next game is at StFx on Saturday, Nov. 7.
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