(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)
By: Henry Whitfield
It was business as usual for the top two teams in the AUS as the Women’s Hockey Finals kicked off.
Top ranked St. FX beat a resilient Dalhousie Tigers 3-1, while Moncton rolled past the St. Thomas Tommies 5-0 in the late game.
Both games were played in front of a packed house, with fans from all four schools vocal in support of their teams.
X-Women 3 – 1 Tigers
The X-Women kicked off the tournament with a highlight goal from star Alex Normore and dominated for much of the game.
Despite hanging in with the defending AUS Champions for two periods, the TIgers managed to claw back goal after a looping point shot from Miranda McMillan beat goaltender Kristie Garrow.
Unlikely hero Abygail Laking gave her team in the second period with a wrist shot that handcuffed goaltender Zoe Zivolak and the X-Women never looked back.
The Tigers mustered just two shots in the third period, while Erin Brophy added the insurance marker and gave her team a final 3-1 lead.
Players of the Game
X-Women: Abygail Laking
Tigers: Cassie Banfield
Aigles Bleus 5 – 0 Tommies
Showing the rest of the AUS that they are a force to be reckoned in the post season, the Aigles Bleus cruised past the Tommies with a convincing 5 – 0 win.
Johannie Thibeault led the way for Moncton, with a hat-trick while Marie-Pier Arsenault had four points on the night with a goal and three assists. Marie-Michelle Poirier added three assists.
Despite the lopsided score, Julia Sharun had a strong game in net and made 43 saves in the loss.
Players of the Game
Aigles Bleus – Johannie Thibeaul
Tommies – Julia Sharun
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The rest of the tournament will continue Friday, when the UPEI Panthers play the Dalhousie Tigers at 3pm and the Mount Allison Mounties play the St. Thomas Tommies at 7pm.
Friday, March 2nd
Game #3: UPEI (4th) vs. Dalhousie (6th), 3:00pm
Game #4: Mount Allison (3rd) vs. St. Thomas (5th), 7:00pm
Saturday, March 3rd
Game #5: UPEI (4th) vs. St. FX (1st), 3:00pm
Game #6: Mount Allison (3rd) vs. Moncton (2nd), 7:00pm
Sunday, March 4th
Championship Game: Pool “A” winner vs. Pool “B” winner, 2:00pm
Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.