Dawson shuts out Laflèche in convincing win
By Alex Giubelli
Last Saturday, Dawson’s AA Women’s Hockey team shut out the Lafleche Dragons with a score of 4-0 at Gadbois Arena for their home opener.
After a tournement in Hamilton, Ontario where the 40 best teams in North America were present , and where the Lady Blues finished eighth, the girls were back in town, ready to take on Lafleche College.
Even with three players out of the roster, (Cassandra Poudrier being invited to the National camp in Calgary, Gabrielle Davidson with an undisclosed injury and Shauna Murphy with a back injury) it didn’t stop Dawson to come out strong.
“For the most part we played well, the second period was a horrible, horrible period, and I wasn’t really happy, but the first and third periods were pretty good,” Lady Blues head coach Scott Lambton said.
Dawson started their first period strong as they dominated, keeping the puck in Lafleche’s zone for most of the first 20 minutes. The Lady Blues were called to the box for slashing, but that didn’t stop them creating more chances as the Dragons were still struggling to find a way around Dawson’s defence.
Frustration started to build on the Lafleche side, leading both the Lady Blues and the Dragons to the box once more with a major. At 11:07 Captain Joanne Cagianos scored her first of the night, and also her first of the season, beating Lafleche goalie Elodie S. Rousseau.
A few moments later, at 9:40, Dawson received another penalty for hooking this time. As the Dragons were trying once more to enter the Lady Blues zone, Katia Murray scored a beautiful goal on a penalty shot after she was tripped on a breakaway.
“It was a hard game because we were down three players, but we worked hard and it paid off at the end,” Murray said.
The first period ended 2-0 for Dawson as they were clearly the better team.
In the second period, Lafleche seemed to come back from the short break with momentum as they were now the one occupyting the Lady Blues zone, making it hard for the girls to clear the puck.
The Dragons had two near goals, but were stopped by Fournier who kept Dawson’s lead at two. At 11:04 a bad turn over by Laflèche created a great opportunity for Audrey Gariepy who buried it past Rousseau, scoring her fourth of the season, and now having an average of at least one goal per game. Making her the second best in the league.
“We lacked a bit in the second. We thought it would be easy so we just stopped playing. We’re supposed to play the full 60 minutes, not 40,” said home captain Bianca Della Porta.
After a second period that had it’s ups and downs, Dawson started the third as strong as they did with the first, making it hard for Laflèche to keep up with them.
Cagianos was called for cross-checking with 6:35 left on the clock, letting the Dragons having some good shots on goal, all stopped by Fournier.
On a very well timed pass by Dawson, Cagianos fled on a breakaway at the end of her penalty, but was unable to finalize. Another chance was given to her two minutes later as she scored this time her second of the night.
Dawson won their first home game, giving Goalie Melanie Fournier her first shutout of the season.
Lady Blues’ next game will take place on Oct. 9 against Lionel-Groulx at the Gadbois Arena.