AA Women’s Hockey team beat up rival John Abbott 3-1
By Alex Giubelli
Despite the loud cheering from John Abbott’s fans, Dawson still left with the a W last Saturday as Gabrielle Davidson scored two goals in the Lady Blues 3-1 victory over the Lady Islanders at MacDonald College.
“I thought we came out and played a really good first period. We showed some really good speed, some really good quickness, and we dominated, moving the puck really well,” said head coach Scott Lambton. “And then the second period was our downfall again for some reason. I wasn’t surprised that we played well in the third, because it has been our strongest in every game so far this season.”
After losing last game 5-2 against St.Laurent, Dawson were ready to bounce back against their rival.
It didn’t take long for the animosity to rear its head as both teams played physical, taking any chance they got to check an opponent, resulting in penalties over penalties.
The Lady Blues spent most of the first period in the Lady Islanders’ zone, buzzing around the net, only to be stopped by Alex-Ann Caisse who kept her team in the game.
A bad play by the second to last team in the league left Davidson alone in front of Caisse, who couldn’t stop it this time as the puck slid between her pads, making it 1-0 Dawson.
To add to this, the Lady Islanders were called to the box for holding, leaving the Blues on the powerplay. John Abbott found themselves having trouble clearing their zone as Dawson had some good chances, but were stopped by Caisse, who kept the Isles only down by one.
Audrey Gariepy rang the crossbar near the end of the period after a beautiful steal by Davidson in the neutral zone.
More penalties ended the period for both teams as John Abbott started the second still down a man.
The Lady Islanders couldn’t pass on behind Fournier, but the now famous second period slump made it more and more difficult for Dawson as John-Abbott applied more pressure and were now the ones in the Lady Blues’ zone.
Frustration got Dawson to take a penalty, and John Abbott didn’t let that chance pass by and fired one behind Fournier, tying the game.
“We were leading one-nothing, and I think we got a little cocky about it, thinking it would be easy, and they came out hard in the second. We need to learn to not get cocky and not slack,” away game captain Joanne Cagianos said.
They did exactly that in the third as the quickness was back for Dawson, spending most of the time in the John Abbott’s zone.
Forward Alyssa Dillinger went to the box for the Lady Islanders after she leveled Cagianos. Fortunatly, the captain had nothing and the Lady Blues were back on the powerplay.
Another penalty from Dillinger a few moments later let to Davidson’s second goal of the night, her seventh goal of the season. Davidson carried the puck and protected it, wrapping around the net as she scored on an accurate wrist shot.
Both John Abbott and Dawson were sent to the box for roughing after exchanging some hits in the corner.
On a powerplay for the Lady Islanders, Davidson poked the puck away and flew on a breakaway, but couldn’t complete her hat trick as Caisse stood tall.
With one minute left in the period, John Abbott pulled Caisse to send a sixth player, but were unable to score as Gariepy scored in an empty net, her twelfth goal of the season.
“After they scored it was tough to come back, but we were really determined to get our energy level back up and winning,” said Davidson.
Next game will take place at College Lionel-Groulx as the Lady Blues will play against the Nordiques.
“We are expecting good results, we always win against [Lionel-Groulx], but that doesn’t mean anything at all, we are going to come up there and be ready,” said Cagianos.