Huskies, X-Women secure playoff byes to AUS semifinals

Huskies, X-Women secure playoff byes to AUS semifinals

The Saint Mary's Huskies and StFX X-Women ended the AUS women's hockey season neck-and-neck with an identical 22-5-1 record to finish with 45 points.

Although the Huskies and X-Women split their season series, Saint Mary's earned more points (5-4) in the standings in head-to-head games (including wins, OT losses and SO losses), allowing them to clinch the top spot in the standings. 

Saint Mary's finished the regular season on a four-game win streak, kicking things off with a 3-1 win over the UPEI Panthers Saturday evening. Miranda Hatt led the Huskies to victory with two goals on the night, with teammate Brooke Murphy adding a power play tally in the win. Rachel Colle scored the lone goal for UPEI on the night, and Rebecca Clark turned aside 22 shots in net for Saint Mary's to be named the Subway Player of the Game. 

They then went on to earn a close 2-1 double overtime victory over the UNB Reds Sunday afternoon in Fredericton. Shae Demale scored twice, including the overtime winner to be named Subway Player of the Game. Frederike Cyr scored the lone goal for the Reds while teammate Kendra Woodland made a massive 42 saves in the loss.

The X-Women finished the regular season with a 12 game win streak, picking up a 4-3 win over the Dalhousie Tigers Wednesday evening. StFX's Amy Graham earned Subway Player of the Game honours with her game-winning goal. Other StFX goals came from Tyra Meropoulis (SH), Kristen McKinley (PP) and Patti-Anne Tracey (PP). Dalhousie tallies came from Elizabeth Klimm (SH), Brooklyn Paisley and Nicole Hegyi (PP).

StFX then held on for a 4-3 victory over the Mount Allison Mounties Sunday afternoon. Kristen McKinley scored twice, including the game winning goal to earn Subway Player of the Game honours. Lindsey Donovan and Kate Gostas also found the back of the net in the win, with Samantha Jarron (2) and Lauren Shaw scoring for the Mounties in the loss. 

Despite their loss to the X-Women, the Reds split their weekend games with a 2-1 overtime win over the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleues Saturday afternoon. Ashley Stratton scored mid-way through the third period and again in overtime to lead UNB to victory. Sarah-Eve Mailhot scored the lone goal for Moncton in the loss. 

The St. Thomas Tommies finished off their regular season home schedule with a 3-1 win over the Tigers, eliminating them from playoff contention. Lauren Legault, Jacey Dane and Olivia Reid all scored power play tallies for the Tommies in the win, while Brooklyn Paisley scored the lone goal for Dalhousie. 

The Tommies then fell to the Panthers Sunday afternoon as Jenna Pellerin scored a goal and added an assist, while teammates Taylor Gillis and Jolena Gillard put away goals as well. UPEI defenceman Sophie Vandale had two helpers in the win, while Danielle Ring found the back of the net for the Tommies. 

In the final game of the regular season, the Aigles Bleues hosted the Mounties Monday evening, earning a 2-1 overtime victory. Sarah-Eve Mailhot earned found the back of the net in the extra frame to seal the victory for the home team. Goals in regulation came from Moncton's Catherine Longchamps and Mount Allison's Mariah Linehan. 

With the season now complete, the AUS women's hockey playoffs have been set. The Aigles Bleues will face the Panthers and the Tommies will take on the Reds in best-of-3 quarterfinal series', while the Huskies and X-Women each have a bye to the semifinals.  



Wednesday, February 5
StFX 4 at Dalhousie 3

Saturday, February 8
UNB 2 at Moncton 1 (OT)
Dalhousie 1 at St. Thomas 3
Saint Mary's 3 at UPEI 1

Sunday, February 9
St. Thomas 1 at UPEI 3
Mount Allison 3 at StFX 4
Saint Mary's 2 at UNB 1 (2OT)

Monday, February 10
Mount Allison 1 at Moncton 2 (OT)

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