Cannot advance to championship game
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Mount Allison Mounties rookie Samantha Bujold attempts to shoot on the UPEI goalie in AUS women’s hockey championship action in Sackville, N.B. on Friday. Mount A won the game 2-1.
SACKVILLE, NB - Meghan Corley-Byrne put on a show for the Mount Allison Mounties, helping her squad defeat the UPEI Panthers 2-1 in Game 4 of the Subway AUS Women's Hockey Championships on Friday night.
The fifth-year goaltender stopped 42 shots in goal for the Mounties, several of them of the spectacular variety, as the Panthers peppered her with all kinds of shots throughout the game, including 16 shots each in the second and third periods.
Ashlyn Somers, on a 5-on-3 powerplay, and Lauren Oickle scored for the Mounties, while Keirstin Visser scored the Panthers' lone goal.
Somers' goal came in the first period on a rebound opportunity in front of Marie-Soleil Deschenes, while Visser tied the game up in the second on a high shot that beat Corley-Byrne through a screen.
Oickle gave the Mounties the lead in the third period with a cannon of a shot that found the top corner over Deschenes' shoulder, and the Mounties clung onto the one-goal advantage for the duration of the third, thanks in large part to a number of great saves by Corley-Byrne.
Deschenes made 24 saves for UPEI, while Visser was named player of the game for
the Panthers thanks to her goal and nine shots on goal.
The highlight of the night came in the second period, when Corley-Byrne made an outstanding sliding save on a 3-on-0 rush by UPEI. Corley-Byrne was named as Mount Allison's player of the game for the second night in a row.
Mathematically, the Mounties cannot advance to the championship game by virtue of a 3-1 loss to St. FX in Game 2 of the tournament. Their goal differential of -1 will not allow them to move on to Sunday's game, as StFX and UPEI will Saturday at 6 p.m. For UPEI to advance, they will need to defeat the X-Women by three goals or more, while a win or overtime puts St. FX in the Championship game.
The Subway AUS Women's Hockey Championship resumes Saturday at 3 p.m. when the Saint Thomas Tommies take on the Saint Mary's Huskies at the Tantramar Civic Centre.