SACKVILLE, N.B. - The St FX X-Women and Mount Allison Mounties capped off a thrilling day in the Subway AUS Womens' Hockey Championships with the X-Women prevailing 3-1 in an exciting hockey game that was down to the wire.
The X-Women did not lead by two goals until just over a minute remaining in the game, and were matched physically by the smaller Mounties team from the opening faceoff, but hung on to get a key regulation win in the round-robin tournament.
St FX outshot the host Mounties 38-12 over the course of the game, but Mounties' player of the game Meghan Corley-Byrne was stellar in goal for the Mounties, making several highlight-reel stops, including three outstanding saves on the penalty kill in the second period.
Katie Greenway stopped 11 shots in the win for the X-Women, who got two goals from player of the game Jenna Pitts, including the game-winner on the powerplay and the clincher into an empty net with 1:09 left.
A relatively uneventful first period saw the X-Women take a 1-0 lead on a goal off a faceoff by Schyler Campbell, and the score remained that way through a wildly entertaining second period that saw the X-Women outshoot the Mounties 16-5.
Corley-Byrne was nothing short of spectacular for the Mounties in the second, making several tough saves in close, while the Mounties generated quality offensive chances at the opposite end of the ice.
Lindsay James tied the game up three minutes into the third with a wraparound goal, but the X-Women powerplay broke the tie on a point shot from Pitts with just over eleven minutes to play.
The loss means Mount Allison will play against the UPEI Panthers Friday at 6 p.m. at the Tantramar Civic Centre, while St FX will play the Panthers Saturday with the same start time.
Day 2 of the Subway AUS Womens' Hockey Championships kicks off Friday at 3 p.m. when the U de Moncton Aigles Bleues take on the Saint Mary's Huskies.