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Tigers top Mounties 9-1 for first win

Photo courtesy of Trevor MacMillan
Photo courtesy of Trevor MacMillan

By Troy Langstaff

The Dalhousie Tigers women's hockey team got their first win of the season on Wednesday night defeating the visiting Mount Allison Mounties by a score of 9-1. 

Both teams entered the game winless in their first two games of the season. After the first 20 minutes of play it was clear that the Tigers wanted to end their losing streak more than the visiting Mounties. Less than five minutes into the frame after relentless pressure Dalhousie's Olivia Eustace (Riverview, NB) found the puck behind the net and scored on a wrap-around for her second goal of the season to open the scoring.

Dalhousie kept their foot on the gas and by the midway mark of the period they led in the shot department 15-1.

Near the end of the frame Mount Allison had a chance to tie the game with a long five on three powerplay but the Tigers killed it off and headed into the intermission with a 1-0 lead.

The offense for Dalhousie took off in the second period. Kennedy Whelan (Alliston, ON) kicked off the scoring parade with two quick goals in the first five minutes. The first of the two came off a face-off with a quick wrist shot from the top of the circle. 

The next pair of goals both came off the stick of Brooklyn Paisley (Shawnigan Lake, BC) to extend the Tigers lead to 5-0. Both goals from close range with the Mount Allison defenders scrambling. 

Mackenzie Drake (Dartmouth, NS) and Abby Wamboldt (Hammonds Plains, NS) also got on the board in the second period to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead heading into the intermission. 

With just over five minutes left in the game and Dalhousie now holding a 9-0 lead, Mount Allison's Rachael Carson got one back for the Mounties to spoil the shutout bid for Dalhousie's Taylor Beam (Brooklin, ON).

The Tigers would win the game 9-1 after firing 46 shots on the Mounties goal. Beam made 20 saves to give the Tigers their first win of the season.

AUS SUBWAY Player of the Game was Dalhousie's Kennedy Whelan with two goals and one assist. 

The Mounties are back in action Saturday when they host Moncton at 7pm.

Dalhousie's next game comes on Friday when they host the St. Thomas Tommies at 7pm.