OT winner tops Lady Blues come from behind victory
by Darren Usher
Despite giving up two power-play goals, Dawson’s AA women’s hockey team were able to overcome the Saint-Jerome Cheminots in a thrilling 3-2 overtime win at Centre Gadbois last Saturday night.
“As a team, we’re really close and hungry,” said Blues defensemen Jennifer Krakower. “When it comes to the battle on the boards, we just don’t stop.”
This was evident when Lady Blues forward Joanne Cogianos scored the overtime winner, as she was able to fend off three opposing players along the boards, come out with the puck and backhand it in the top right corner of the net. The Blues were 8 for 10 in the penalty kill, yet they still created an effective offensive presence with 50 shots on net in the game.
Dawson’s Head Coach Scott Lambton was pleased with his team’s effort to put the puck towards the net, yet felt there were things that needed to be improved.
“We got to find different ways to score,” said Lambton. “And we’ve got to stay out of the (penalty) box. If we want to do anything or go anywhere in the playoffs, we need to stay out. Or else, we’ll be done pretty early.”
Lambton also remarked on Krakower’s improved play in the past few games. “I reminded [Jen] to shoot more often, because she has a wicked shot, and she did,” said Lambton, “She was able to not shoot it frequently, but get the puck through traffic as well.”
“Yeah, I took what [Scott] said and put it into action tonight,” said Krakower “but we definitely need to shoot more.”
The first period was fairly quiet until Dawson defenseman Marianne Allard took a penalty, which lead to Saint-Jerome’ forward Marie-Pier Bernier firing from the point over Dawson goaltender Joanie Plamondon’s right pad. The Blues answered quickly with a scrum in front of the net with forward Audrey Gariepy being the last person to touch the puck. This goal led to the Blues tying the game at 1-1.
Dawson began to take penalty after penalty as Saint-Jerome was once again able to capitalise on the man advantage to take and carry a 2-1 lead into the final period. Krakower felt that this really hindered the team’s performance.
“The first two periods we took too many penalties,” said Krakower “We played most of the time shorthanded.”
Despite taking many penalties, Dawson had the opportunity to tie the game as Saint-Jerome took three consecutive penalties in the period, yet Cheminots goaltender Cynthia Bergeron, stopping 10 shots in total.
“I don’t know why our team had trouble with the powerplay,” said Lambton. “It’s a communication thing. We are young and tend to panic at times.”
The Blues had two breakaway chances, one of which was shorthanded that were both denied by Bergeron. As frustration began to peak, the Blues were finally able to score in the final 10 minutes of regulation, which forced the game to be settled in overtime. The Blues were then able to prevail with 3:53 left in the extra period, and come away with a hard fought win.
The Lady Blues will finish their regular season at Centre Gadbois this Saturday against the number one ranked team in the league, Edouard Montpetit. Krakower discussed the importance of this game.
“We played well this game,” said Krakower “and we should work even harder in the next game against (Edouard Montpetit).”