Huskies and Panthers playoff bound after weekend action

Huskies and Panthers playoff bound after weekend action

The Saint Mary's Huskies and UPEI Panthers have both earned playoff berths with weekend wins, extending their records to 16-3 and 15-4-1, respectively.

The two top teams in the AUS faced off at the Dauphinee Centre in Halifax Saturday, which proved to be an exciting matchup. A single goal in the second period would decide the game in favor of the Panthers. Jolena Gillard's power play tally proved to be the game winner, with UPEI's goaltender Camille Scherger earning Subway Player of the Game, stopping all 38 shots she faced for the shutout. 

Thursday night, the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleues scored four unanswered goals to skate to a 4-1 win over the PanthersJanie Poitras led the offensive push with two goals, with Maelle Rioux and Aude Masse also finding the back of the net in the victory. Kaylee Dufresne scored the lone goal for the Panthers in the loss.

The StFX X-Women earned their third straight win this weekend as they scored twice in the third period, including an empty net goal, to secure a 5-2 win over the UNB Reds Saturday afternoon. Lea MacLeod and Emerson Elliott each scored twice for the X-Women, with MacLeod earning the nod as Subway Player of the Game. Tyra Meropoulis also found the back of the net for the X-Women, while Hanna Matchett and Ashley Stratton scored for the Reds in the loss.

The Reds split their weekend games as Jenna MacLean scored near the mid-way mark of the second overtime frame Friday night as the Reds beat the Mount Allison Mounties 3-2 in overtime. It was her second tally of the night. Tamina Kehler also got on the board for the visitors, while Olivia Henley and Abby Beale (PP) both recorded goals for the Mounties.

For the second straight night the Mounties skated into overtime but this time they found what they were looking for, picking up a 1-0 win over Dalhousie at home. Emma Schurman scored in overtime for the victory. It was the two goalies that held the upper hand all night long as neither team could score in regulation. Mount Allison's Bianca Zak picked up her first shutout of the season by turning away all 23 shots she faced from Dalhousie. Fabiana Petrricca stopped 25 of 26 shots from the Mounties in the loss. 

Saturday night, the Aigles Bleues earned a 3-1 victory over the St. Thomas Tommies. Subway Player of the Game Audrey Berthiaume sparkled in net for the Aigles Bleues, stopping 30 of the 31 shots she faced. Katherine Dubuc, Sarah-Eve Mailhot and Alexia Desforges all found the back of the net for Moncton, while Jacey Dane scored the lone goal for the Tommies. 

The Tommies bounced back Sunday afternoon with a 5-1 victory over the Tigers. Leading the way for the Tommies offensively was 4th year defender Alex Woods, who had a goal and four assists. Other Tommies goals came from Emily Oleksuk (PP), Erin Arsenault (PP), Danielle Ring and Dane. Rookie goaltender Marandee Hunter made 31 saves in the victory, while Alix Yallowega (PP) scored the only tally for Dalhousie.



Thursday, Jan. 9
UPEI 1 at Moncton 4

Friday, Jan. 10
UNB 3 at Mount Allison 2 (OT)

Saturday, Jan. 11
UPEI 1 at Saint Mary's 0
StFX 5 at UNB 2
Dalhousie 0 at Mount Allison 1 (OT)
Moncton 3 at St. Thomas 1

Sunday, Jan. 12
Dalhousie 1 at St. Thomas 5

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