AA women lose in embarrassing fashion to first-ranked Edouard-Monpetit last Sunday
by Alexandra Giubelli
The Dawson Blues AA Women’s’ Hockey team lost to the Edouard-Montpetit Lynx last Saturday at Gadbois Arena after giving up nine goals in an embarrassing loss.
The Blues, who now moved down to fourth place in the standing at 8-5-3, had lost their previous game against the Limoilou Titans on Jan.13. As for Edouard-Montpetit, they are currently ranked first getting ahead of the Titans with their impressive win over Dawson.
“It’s obviously very disappointing, but I’m the kind of guy that [is] going to try to find positive in everything. I think we are going to take a lot of positive away from this game and make us realize that we need to work harder,” said head coach Scott Lambton.
In the first period, The Lynx were dominant in Dawson’s zone, which allowed them to generate a lot of offence, as the Blues were unable to successfully clear the puck out of their zone.
This lack of defence proved costly as nineteen shots were directed at goalie Joanie Plamondon during the period.
Forward Ariane Barker was the first one to put The Lynx on the board with her tenth goal of the season, which was shortly followed by three other goals from her teammates.
Forward Audrey Gariepy scored her twelfth goal of the season, which gave the Blues their only goal of the game.
“We came back stronger in the second and third period, but we have to start like that. We need to find our momentum in the first period,” Gariepy said.
The Blues came back stronger and more physical in the second period, but that aggressiveness led them to take more penalties as Ariane Barker scored her second goal of the game during a 5 on 3 advantage for Edouard-Monpetit.
The Lynx scored again on a power play, making the score 6-1 after two periods of action. Dawson’s turn to get a power play came in the second period, but the team was unable to score on a two man advantage and later on a 5 on 4.
“[The power play] was something we worked on during the week at practice, but it wasn’t really clicking and there’s couple reason why and we’ll try to fix that,” explained Lambton.
In the third period, Edouard-Montpetit scored early, giving them a 7-1 lead. The Lynx’s physical play gave them another power play and Ariane Barker took advantage of it, scoring again and completing her second hat trick in three games.
Near the end of the third period, Audrey Gariepy got a great chance on a breakaway, but was stopped by Edouard-Montpetit’s goalie, Roxanne Douville.
Lynx forward Kassie Beaudry scored the final goal of the game with five minutes to go as Edouard-Montpetit defeated Dawson 9-1.
Dawson’s defence was the difference in the game, as Joanie Plamondon faced 52 shots while Roxanne Douville only faced 21.
The Lady Blues’ next game will take place on Feb.13 at home against John Abbott at the Gadbois Arena.