While already on the PK greater Vancouvers Rebecca Clarke suffered a stick infraction while trying to muscle St.Alberts, Dayle Ross off the puck, giving St.Albert a 5-3 advantage.
It was the captain Madison Willan who would open the scoring on that PP. A good drive to a net from defensemen Taylor Anker left the puck on the doorstep for Willan who banged home a five hole goal on Jordyn Verbeek.
Less than 5 minutes later it was Clarke making up for an earlier call getting a half break on net, forcing Anker to take her legs out drawing a penalty.
On that PP it was the Jennifer Gardiner show, after snapping a pass to Jenna Buglioni the puck found its way back up to Gardiner who walked into the slot and sent an absolute missile past Brianna Sank.
The teams would continue to exchange PP opportunities for the rest of the period neither team would concede a goal for the rest of the frame.
SCORING SUMMARY 1ST
Goal – Willan (PP)
Assists – Anker, Vail
Goal – Gardiner (PP)
Assists – Choong, Dion
The second started much like the first and once again it was St.Albert getting on the board first just 80 seconds into the period.
After a long shift in their own zone, a failed clearing attempt by Berry Davis left the puck on a tee for Kiah Vail which would be deflected twice on route to the net beating Verbeek low, 2-1 St.Albert.
Vancouver, like before, wouldn’t take long to respond.
A good defensive play by Madisyn Wiebe in the St.Albert zone lead to the puck on the stick of Mould who wisely passed up a shooting opportunity giving it back to Wiebe who beat Sank clean through a screen through a glove. A goal scorers goal.
Scoring wasn’t done there. With 7 minutes to go in the frame St.Albert would go to the PK.
But it was the Slash who would take advantage. For the second time on the night Willan would beat Verbeek, this time on the breakaway after stripping Jennifer Gardiner at her own blue line.
St.Albert still had one more in their pocket and it would be Mackenzie Kordic banking one off of the back of Verbeek who was caught cheating off the post.
SCORING SUMMARY 2ND
Goal – Vail
Assists – Willan, Lajoie
Goal – Weibe
Assists – Mould, Ursua
Goal – Willan (unassisted) (SH)
Goal – Kordic
Assists – Reich, Boucher
The third started with St.Albert working in the Vancouver zone peppering Verbeek with shots but Verbeek who made a number of glorious saves in first and second held tall.
It took Vancouver a few minutes but they turned up the heat on St. Albert forcing Sank to make save after save holding a two goal lead.
The rough stuff would also continue in this spirited affair with Anker and Clarke receiving coincidental minors.
Chances would continue both ways, Kordic hammering a shot off the post and the duo of Buglioni and Gardiner who would combine for their third two-on-one of the game.
But it would St. Albert who would get on the board, their 2nd PP goal of the night.
A scrambled looking PP to start would convert after Anker crashed the net and Jaden Bogden who’d been humming all night buried her first of the series.
Scoring would dry up for the rest of the period but a scary moment came with just 2:30 to go when Comets defensemen Rebecca Mould took a nasty spill into the boards after catching an edge.
After a lengthly delay Mould was stretchered off the ice and the game was resumed. Mould’s status is still unknown for the remainder of the series, but we wish her all the best.
St. Albert would close out the game from there, taking the first of the 3 game series 5-2.
SCORING SUMMARY 3RD
Goal – Bogden (PP)
Assists – Anker, Willan
Madison Willan who had 2-2-4 was named the player of the game for the Slash, while Madison Weibe who scored in the 2nd was named POG for the Comets.
Game two takes place tonight at the Akinsdale Arena in St. Albert @ 7:30
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