Nationally ranked Tommies cruise to another win

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The Tommies trounced the Dalhousie Tigers 7-1 in a cat fight this Sunday afternoon. The women’s hockey team played hard throughout the game which had tempers flaring by the third period.

Kelty Apperson scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal 17:56 into the first. Apperson also scored again 18:00 into the second period after Dalhousie changed goaltenders.

Katie Brewster got on the score sheet twice during the first and second period with her first goal on a power play at 6:35, and her second at second 5:26 of the second period.

“It was a big game, it was nice to see the whole team step up and we had some pretty big goals,” said Brewster.

Jordan Miller, Erin MacIsaac and Courtney Fox also scored for the Tommies who had 29 shots on goal.

Kenya Marcilline had two assists in the victory. She thought the Tommies were making the most of their opportunities.

“Definitely crashing the net this game we had a lot of shots. They gave us a lot time and space so we were able to move the puck around much more with our lines” said Marcilline.

The Tommies only registered six of those shots during the third period when the gloves came off.

The first few minutes of the third period was a flurry of penalties for both teams. Dalhousie took two penalties about five minutes into the third period. Marcilline and Eliza Snider took penalties for roughing with Dal forward Jenna Currie. Currie was given a coincidental minor.

“They realized that we have a lot of talented really fast forwards and their D couldn’t do it so they had to start putting their body in the way” said Snider.

Head coach Peter Murphy thinks the rough play of the third period was Dalhousie not wanting to be embarrassed.

“It’s a 6-1 game so it is what it is. You just tell your players to keep their heads up and don’t do anything foolish after the play.”

The Tiger’s picked up the pace a bit in the third period, desperately trying to score against the Tommies, but goalie Julia Sharun shined in net.

“As much as you tell them that you want them to go really hard, really hard, really hard … they’re looking at the scoreboard too. I think it was good that we didn’t get into any bad habits,” said Murphy.

Kelty Apperson was named MVP at the end of the game, and Jenna Scott collected hardest worker.

Because three players (Emily Ryan, Paige MacDonald, and Kayla Blackmore) were out with injuries this weekend everyone had to work a bit harder.

After the game coach Murphy commended the work done by Emily Francis.

“When she [Francis] was playing centre she was able to initiate a lot of the play whereas normally she plays with Kayla who controls the puck a lot more. I think that maybe gave her a little bit of confidence and hopefully she can carry that forward when Kayla comes back and have even stronger games with her” said Murphy.

The women’s hockey team will be playing against St. FX this Friday at 7pm. They play Saint Mary’s University on Saturday at 3pm.

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