Blues lose to Edouard-Montpetit

Lynx beat Dawson in a back and forth game

by Alex Giubelli

Last Wednesday at the Emile “Butch” Bouchard arena in Longueuil, the Lady Blues AA Women Hockey team were beaten by the defending champions from last year, the Edouard-Montpetit Lynx, 5-3 in their second game of the season.

“I thought we played well, we worked hard, especially in the third period,” said head coach Scott Lambton, “I thought we were a little lazy in the second, they were running around in our zone, but on an early season game against what is suppose to be the top team in the league, I’m very optimistic and really happy about the way we played.”

The game started with many good chances by Edouard-Montpetit as Dawson made a number of mistakes, resulting in two dangerous breakaways early in the first period.  After struggling to get the puck out of their zone, the Lady Blues saw a chance as Lynx’s forward Rika Pilon-Robert received one of her many penalties on the night.

Unfortunately, the powerplay did not go as planned as Dawson had troubles entering Edouard-Montpetit’s zone, and soon enough the penalty ended with the Blues only getting a few shots on goal.

“We’re having a lot of difficulties on the powerplay, they were always in our zone and they were putting a lot of pressure on us, this is something wet really need to practice,” forward Audrey Gariepy said.

The Lynx continued what they had started earlier, and goalie Melanie Fournier had to step up and made two great saves to keep the score tied, but even with all her effort, Pilon-Robert succeeded at sliding the puck five-hole to make the score 1-0 Edouard-Montpetit.

Forward Shauna Murphy tied the game at 9:33 with her first goal of the season, as Jenifer Pouliot carried the puck from the Dawson’s zone to the offensive and kept it there while her team was changing, making the play possible with her great individual effort.

Soon after, forward Audrey Gariepy scored her first of the night  and gave the lead to Dawson for the first time in the game. Dawson put some energy back in their play, but near the end of the period a goal that had to be reviewed by the referees was allowed and the Lynx tied the game at 2-2.

The lady Blues didn’t give up, and Gariepy scored her second of the game from a tip-in from line mate Gabrielle Davidson. Dawson was leading 3-2 as the period ended.

The second period started with a lot of back-and-forth play but Ed-Montpetit won the battle tying the game up once again. Dawson started to struggle after the last goal, creating bad turnovers, and being unable to clear their own zone. Fournier had to stand tall once again and made some impressive saves keeping her team in the game.

“We really need to work on our communication.  We are making the plays, but as individuals. Communication is our main focus now,” forward and Captain Joanne Cagianos said.

The third period started with Dawson on powerplay, but soon enough some more bad turnovers let Edouard-Montpetit score early in the third on a wrist shot, placing it top corner making it 4-3.

The Lady Blues tried to tie the game to bring it to overtime, but the Lynx made sure they wouldn’t by playing an extremely defensive game, making it hard for Dawson to penetrate their zone.

Edouard-Montpetit deepened their lead near the end of the period as defenseman Gabrielle Savoie beat Fournier to make it 5-3 for the Lynx.
“I thought our biggest problem was the first eight minutes of the game, we came out really intimidated and really nervous,” said Lambton, “We’ll practice what we need to practice and I’m expecting to win our next game.”

Dawson will play their next game on Sept 25 against Laflèche at Aréna Gadbois.

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