The Concordia Stingers women’s hockey team did what they do best this Saturday: Win. The 4-1 victory against the Ottawa Gee’Gees at Ed Meagher arena tied them for second place in the QSSF division standings with Ottawa.
Although the visiting team opened up the scoring in the first period on a power play goal by Lisa Sgoifo, Concordia answered four minutes later when sniper Dominique Rancour blasted a shot in the Ottawa net.
The Stingers’ next two goals came ten seconds apart in the second period.
Concordia’s Catherine De Abreau netted one goal off of a pass from defender Lauren Houghton at 2:28 and Rancour got her second of the game in a scramble in front of Ottawa goaltender Nikki Klein.
Genevieve Dupuis capped of the scoring for the home team with 28 seconds left in the game, taking a pass from sister Roxanne.
The game was a showcase of Concordia’s special teams with the Stingers penalty kill unit hitting the ice eight times. They successfully killed off seven of those penalties, including two 5-on-3 opportunities for Ottawa.
“We did a really good job on our special teams, “Stingers Coach Les Lawton said. “I was really happy with the way we killed off those penalties in the second period.”
The power play unit didn’t have as much of a chance to showcase their talent, with the Gee-Gees finding themselves in the box only three times.
The Stingers put on the pressure in third when the Gee-Gees had two players in the box, but could not capitalize on it.
Stingers’ goaltender Jessica Anderson played her usual solid performance in nets, stopping 24 shots.
“We had trouble our past two games,” said Anderson referring to their road trip against Waterloo and Guelph last weekend. “I think we bounced back really well and played together as a team.”
Despite the score, Ottawa goaltender Klein also played a good game, stopping 33 of the 37 shots that came her way.
The Concordia offense wouldn’t let up with plays such as Anouk Grignon-L’Anglais’ breakaway in the second period. Klein stoned her, but Grignon-L’Anglais caught the rebound from the left side of the net and tried again, but no luck.
“They have a strong team – all of the teams in our league do,” said Stingers captain Marie-Claude Allard. “Today we came out stronger than they did and just put the puck in the net.”
The Stingers’ offence will get to showcase their talents again this Friday, as the Lady Bees take on the Carleton Ravens at home.