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Hockey X-Women skate to opening weekend victories

Posted on October 27, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

St. F.X. X-Men forward Michael Clarke battles for a loose puck in the neutral zone versus his St. Mary’s Huskies opponent, during an Oct. 13 game at the Halifax Forum, which the X-Men won, 4-3, in overtime. Pictured in the background from the X-Men is Holden Cook. Richard MacKenzie

Led by a highlight-reel winning goal off the stick of captain Daley Oddy, the St. F.X. X-Women skated to a pair of home victories to open the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) regular season.
“I think we played really well, but we can definitely get better,” the fifth-year student-athlete from Cranbrook, B.C. said of the squad’s start to the campaign.
“We need to be more disciplined and stay consistent.”
The aforementioned marker, which came on the power play, gave the Blue and White a 3-2 win over the visiting Mount Allison Mounties, Oct. 15, at the St. F.X. Keating Centre.
With less than two minutes remaining in the third period, Oddy brought the puck out of the corner before roofing a shot under the crossbar and over the shoulder of goaltender Keri Martin.
Freshman forward Emerson Elliott notched the lone assist on the game-winner.
“It was really great to see them contributing and jumping into it,” Oddy said, when asked about the contributions of first-year players, such as Elliott.
The X-Women, who outshot the Mounties 44-11, opened the scoring on a power-play goal from veteran defender Nicole Corcoran.
Sarah Bujold and Elliott assisted.
After Jessica Campbell evened the contest, early in the second period, Bujold regained the X-Women edge, on an assist from Oddy.
Campbell, with her second, knotted the game , before Oddy’s late heroics.
Carley Molnar made nine saves for the win.
One day earlier, the X-Women dropped the puck on the regular season with a 5-2 victory over the St. Thomas Tommies.
Sophomore defender Lindsey Donovan opened the scoring in the first period on a sensational rush and a sizzling wrist shot that found the top shelf.
Before the end of the opening frame, speedy freshman forward Kristen McKinley made it 2-0, with Corcoran collecting an assist.
In the second period, on the power play, Bujold gave the X-Women a three-goal advantage, on assists from Oddy and Donovan.
On a nifty deke and backhander, veteran forward Jenna MacDonald tallied an unassisted, shorthanded goal to make it 4-0.
Before the end of the second, on the power play, Alisha Gilbert put the visitors on the scoreboard.
On another 5-on-4, Oddy regained the four-goal X-Women lead, on assists from Santana Gravelle and Elliott.
The Tommies cut the lead to 5-2, but they could get no closer.
Molnar made 21 saves for the win.
Oddy agreed offensive balance will be a key to success for the X-Women throughout the season.
“When you have a lot of people contributing, it makes us more dynamic,” she said.
“And, as well, our four lines are strong, defensively, and can be on the ice in any situation.”
Over the weekend, the X-Women played road games versus the Tommies and UPEI Panthers.
Results were unavailable at press time.
The X-Women visit the Dalhousie Tigers Friday (Oct. 27) and host the rival Saint Mary’s Huskies Saturday (Oct. 28).
Puck drop for both match-ups is 7 p.m.

Tremaine in OT
Mark Tremaine scored in overtime to give the St. F.X. X-Men a 4-3 victory over the Saint Mary’s Huskies.
After falling behind 2-0, Craig Duininck, on the power play, Bryson Cianfrone and Michael Clarke gave the X-Men the lead heading to the third period.
In his regular season debut, Brandon Hope made 24 saves for St. F.X.
Over the weekend, the X-Men hit the road for games against the Dalhousie Tigers and Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus.
Results were unavailable at press time.
The X-Men will host Les Aigles Bleus Friday (Oct. 27) and visit the Tigers Saturday (Oct. 28).
Puck drop for both match-ups is 7 p.m.

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