Dawson wins grudge match

Blues hold off Islanders to win in overtime

By Alex Giubelli

Dawson AA Women’s Hockey team defeated their rival, the John Abbott’s Lady Islanders, 3-2 in OT last Saturday at McDonald Arena, earning their first victory of the season.

Both sides seemed really eager to start the new season, as the arena was full of parents, friends, and even some Dawson ttudents arrived with their faces painted, ready to cheer the girls on.

Not even one minute into the first period, Dawson took their first of many penalities on the night, letting John Abbott test out their brand new offense. The lady Blues performed well on the penalty kill though,  making sure the puck stayed out of their zone.

The Islanders were sent to the box a moment later, and again a few minutes later, leaving Dawson in a five on three position. The Blues had some chances, but they couldn’t score as Alex-Ann Caisse, John Abbott’s goalie, stood tall in front of her net.

A few moments later, it was Audrey Gariepy’s turn to have a chance as she was on a breakaway, but again she couldn’t bury the puck behind Caisse who made the diffence for John Abbott in the game.

The Islanders saw their first good chance on a powerplay as forward Marie-Pier Cloutier beat Dawson’s goalie Melanie Fournier five hole, putting John Abbott ahead. The Lady Blues continued to work hard, and a minute and a half later their efforts paid off as Gariepy scored her first of the season.

“It was really stressful in the beginning, first games are always nerve-racking, but after being on the ice I just started to play hockey again. I had butterflies in my stomach but, I wanted to play, it’s even better since I scored a goal,” forward and assistant captain Audrey Gariepy said.

Thirty-six seconds were left in the first period when Pascale Daigle scored for the Lady Islanders on a bad rebound by Fournier, giving John Abbott the lead once more.

The second period ended with no goals as play continued to go back and forth.
Dawson bounced back in third, as they created more opportunites. The Blues best opportunity would come at 10:43 as Caisse gave a rebound off Gariepy’s shot, leaving Davidson to bury it passed her tying the game.

“I was a little nervous at the beginning, because I wasn’t sure what to expect, but as the game went on I started to see how the game was actually played,” forward Gabrielle Davidson said.

The line of Davidson and Gariepy created most of the chances in the third, but they were stopped by some brilliant saves by Caisse who brought the game to overtime.

Dawson dominated overtime keeping the puck close to the John Abbott goal. Davidson scored her second of the night on a pass from Gariepy ending the game and continuing their trend of great chemistry.

“I’ve played with [Gariepy] before at nationals, we were linemates and the connection between us is unreal! I can see her everywhere and she can see me wherever I am on the ice,” Davidson said.

The Blues play their next game Saturday Sept 25 at Gadbois Arena.

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