The first-place St. F.X. X-Women will wrap up the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) regular season Friday, when they host the Dalhousie Tigers.
Puck drop is 7 p.m. at the Keating Centre.
“We have to focus on putting as many pucks as we can towards the net, because they have a great goalie [Jessica Severeyns],” X-Women captain Daley Oddy said.
Conference all-star forward Lisa MacLean, a native of Inverness, will lead the Tigers into the match-up.
The X-Women notched a pair of victories on the road swing through New Brunswick, including a 4-2 triumph over the Mount Allison Mounties, Jan. 27, in Sackville.
Oddy, from line-mate Sarah Bujold, scored the lone goal of the first two periods.
Just 35 seconds into the third period, sophomore defender Santana Gravelle, from Oddy, doubled the X-Women’s advantage.
Bujold, on an assist from Emerson Elliott, made it 3-0.
After the Mounties sliced the X-Women edge to one goal in the final five minutes of regulation, Kate Gotaas provided an unassisted insurance marker with 25 seconds remaining.
Cassidy McEwan made 17 saves for the win.
One night earlier ( Jan. 26), in Fredericton, the X-Women rallied from a two-goal, first period deficit to edge the St. Thomas Tommies 4-3 in overtime.
With 3:07 remaining in the three-on-three extra session, Bujold scored, with Nicole Halladay earning the assist.
Trailing 2-0, midway through the second period, Gravelle trimmed the Tommies’ lead with an unassisted marker.
In the opening two minutes of the third, Emily Power – from defenders Lindsey Donovan and Amy Graham – tied the contest.
After St. Thomas regained the lead, freshman Kristen McKinley, on assists from Emma Winters and Halladay, scored to force overtime.
In relief of starter Carley Molnar (five saves), McEwan turned aside 25 shots for the win.
Back in action
The X-Women were in action over the weekend against the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleues (Feb. 3) and Saint Mary’s Huskies (Feb. 4).
Results were unavailable at press time.
The X-Women, along with the defending conference-champion Huskies, have earned a first-round playoff bye.
“We want to keep getting as many shots on goal, as we can, and keep the number against us as low as possible,” Oddy said, when asked about keys to making a run for an AUS crown.
She added the X-Women need to continue “to stick to our systems,” which has brought them success throughout the season.