The Saint Mary's Huskies sit with a 16-2 record on the season to lead the AUS women's hockey standings heading into the holiday break.
The Huskies visited the Mount Allison Mounties Thursday night, earning a huge 10-1 victory. Siobhan Birch led the Huskies with a hattrick on the night, including one powerplay tally. Other Saint Mary's goals came from Ellen Laurence, Mary McDonald (PP), Katie Peddle, Eve LeBlanc, Miranda Hatt, Aimee O'Neill and Taylor Keeping (PP). Maddy Koughan scored the lone goal for the Mounties on the night.
Saint Mary's then went on to edge the St. Thomas Tommies 4-3 in a shootout Friday night. Laurence potted the winner through Hunter's five-hole on the second shot for Saint Mary's in the shootout to earn the victory. Laurence also scored in regulation, earning Subway Player of the Game honours. Other Huskie goals came from Birch (PP) and Caleigh Meraw (PP). St. Thomas tallies came from Megan Pardy (PP), Aislynn Byers and Florence Awde.
With their 32 points, the Huskies have now clinched a playoff position, along with the UPEI Panthers who sit with a 14-3-1 record for 29 points.
The Panthers split their games this week, kicking things off with a 3-0 win over the Dalhousie Tigers Friday night. Taylor Gillis recorded two goals on the night to earn Subway Player of the Game honours, with teammate Maria Clinton adding the third goal. UPEI goaltender Shaylin MacFarlane had a huge 39 save performance to earn the shutout.
UPEI then hosted the StFX X-Women Saturday night, where a hattrick from Tyra Meropoulis led the X-Women to a 5-2 victory. Meropoulis was named Subway Player of the Game for her efforts. Lacey Dimaulo and Emerson Elliot also found the back of the net for StFX in the win, with Lexie Murphy and Tiah Scichilone getting on the board for UPEI in the loss.
The X-Women swept their weekend games, blanking the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleues 3-0 Friday night. Meropoulis had another great game, recording two goals to earn Subway Player of the Game. She now leads the AUS with 17 goals on the season. Kristen McKinley added a short-handed goal in the victory, with Jamie Johnson making 24 saves to earn the shutout.
The Tommies hosted the UNB Reds Wednesday evening, with a powerplay goal from Alex Woods with just 30 seconds remaining in regulation giving St. Thomas the 2-1 victory. Lauren Legault also found the back of the net for St. Thomas, with Lillian George scoring the lone goal for the Reds in the loss.
Saturday night, the Tigers hosted the Aigles Bleues in Halifax. After an explosive second period, the Tigers were able to hang on for a 4-3 win. Dalhousie found the back of the net three times in the second, with two goals from Brooklyn Paisley and a powerplay tally from Brooklyn Paisley. Tara Morning also scored for the Tigers in the win. Aigles Bleues goals came from Pascale Lebeau (2) and Emilie Lalancette.
The Reds and Mounties finished off the first half of the season in Sackville Sunday afternoon. Sage McElroy-Scott's goal, at 6:43 of the second period proved to be the winning goal as UNB shut-out Mount Allison 3-0. Myah Bowal and Paige Grenier also found the back of the net in the win, with Kendra Woodland recording 32 saves for the shutout.
Wednesday, Nov. 27
UNB 1 at St. Thomas 2
Thursday, Nov. 28
Saint Mary's 10 at Mount Allison 1
Sunday, Dec. 1
UNB 3 at Mount Allison 0