Henman makes hat trick in high scoring game

(Shannon Cornelius/AQ)

The St. Thomas University women’s hockey team beat the Dalhousie University Tigers 7-4 on Nov. 16 in a back and forth game.

The Tommies entered the matchup with an 8-2 record compared to the Tigers’ record of 4-7.

The Tigers made their first goal just three minutes into the game on their second shot. The Tommies battled back, tying the game halfway through the period off Laura Henman’s slapshot, that flew into the top corner of the net.

The stat sheet exploded in the second period, with the two teams combining for seven goals.

The Tommies struck early, with Henman burying her second shot of the night off a scramble. Dalhousie scored again just minutes later tying up the game once again, then taking a 3-2 lead shortly after.

The Tommies’ fast play would even the scoreboard just a minute later, with Danielle Ring deflecting Alex Woods’ wrist shot. A few minutes later, Woods made a goal of her own, returning the lead to the Tommies.

[/media-credit] The St. Thomas University women’s hockey team beat the Dalhousie Tigers’ 7-4 on Nov. 16. (Billy Cole/AQ)

Henman completed her hat trick later in the second period, while Becky Connor topped off the scoring in the second period, getting a goal with just 35 seconds of play left.

Head coach Peter Murphy said the team won the game because of their efforts all season.

“The girls have really started to focus,” said Murphy.

Murphy said the team’s offence was key in their performance.

“The girls came to play and were hopping on rebounds which we talked about before.”

The game slowed down in the third period, as Dalhousie scored a short-handed goal, but couldn’t generate anything after. Stephanie Ford found the empty net with just over a minute remaining, making the final score 7-4 for the Tommies.

They will play on Nov. 23 in Moncton against Université de Moncton.