The St. Thomas University women’s hockey team walked away with a well-deserved win over the Dalhousie University Tigers in their home opener on Oct. 20.
The Tommies started off shaky, giving up a goal early in the game. But they bounced back quickly with a goal by Olivia Reid to tie it up. With five minutes left in the first period, Tommie Danielle Ring got a penalty which led to the Tigers capitalizing on the power-play, leaving the score 2-1.
When the second period started, it was obvious the Tommies had refocused. It took 46 seconds for Alisha Gilbert to tie it up shorthanded 2-2.
The Tommies maintained control and high pressure. The Tigers kept icing the puck, resulting in several great opportunities for the Tommies to score. With a slap-shot from Alex Woods, the Tommies got their first lead of the game, making the score 3-2.
The Tommies kept control and had several good chances to score at the beginning of the third period, but no goal to show for it. The STU women eventually got a power-play and allowed Leah Galati to send a slap-shot past the Tigers’ goalie, bringing their lead up by two goals.
The Tommies maintained their dominance, getting multiple opportunities to score and eventually leading to a breakaway goal by Ring — making a nice move from left to right to trick the Tigers’ goalie, finishing the game at 5-2.
Head coach Peter Murphy said he and the team weren’t happy with the first period.
“We got off to a slow start in the first and then began to play our game in the second and third,” said Murphy.
“We were very pleased with the end result but continue to work on consistency in our game.”