The St. Thomas University women’s hockey team had a double-win weekend on Jan. 25 and 26. The Jan. 25 game featured a 6-3 win over Université de Moncton and the Jan. 26 game saw a 2-1 win over the University of Prince Edward Island.
The first game started off slow, but Tommie Lauren Henman scored on a power play about nine minutes in, bringing the score to 1-0. At the end of the first period, Alex Woods scored, upping the Tommies’ lead 2-0 at the end of the first period.
In the second period, UdeM got their first goal scoring on a power play, making the score 2-1.
With about five minutes left in the period, rookie Florence Awde added to the Tommies lead.
UdeM came out strong in the third period, scoring just three minutes in, to make the score 3-2.
The Tommies responded shortly after with a goal by Mariah Carey. About five minutes later, Leah Galati upped the Tommies lead again.
UdeM attempted to close the gap for a 5-3 score with less than five minutes left in the game.
But the Tommies fought back as Woods scored less than a minute later, ending the game with a score of 6-3.
Head coach Peter Murphy was happy with the game.
“We had offences rolling pretty well,” said Murphy.
The second game started with a stalemate as neither team could get the puck past the goalies. Tommie Abby Clarke made some good saves, but the Panthers snuck one past her 11 minutes in.
Both teams had a strong in the second period. After almost seven minutes of fighting back and forth, Carey slipped one past the UPEI goalie, tying up the game. Then with less than 30 seconds in the period, Alisha Gilbert scored on a power play, giving the Tommies a 2-1 lead going into the third period.
The game was a defensive one because no goals were scored in the third period, making the final score 2-1 for the Tommies.
Murphy was impressed with the defence and their efforts.
“We had some scoring from some unlikely sources which is good,” he said.
“[Defence], you know, put up a lot of numbers.”