High school hockey update
Saints forward Maddie Shwaluk finished with a goal and a shootout goal to help secure the victory over Oak Park to open the season. (Aaron Wilgosh/Graphic)
A marathon of a first match.
Portage Collegiate Institute (PCI) Saints varsity girl’s hockey team managed to snag a 3-2 shootout win in their Winnipeg Women’s High School Hockey League CTV Division season opener against Oak Park in Winnipeg last week.
“Both teams looked pretty good and we seemed to enjoy the higher pace and more aggressive play,” says Saints head coach, Jo-Anne Clark-Gillespie. “I see us being pretty even with them throughout the year. I’m sure we’ll have a few teams like that in this division.”
The Saints and Raiders got off to a quick start but neither team could find the back of the net in the first 20 minutes. Oak Park lit the lamp to take a 1-0 lead in the second but Saints’ veteran defender Kiera Shwaluk went end-to-end a couple minutes later to tie the game at one.
Again, the Raiders took the lead in the third, and like before, a Shwaluk tied the game a minute later. This time it was forward Maddie Shwaluk, with sisters Paige and Kiera picking up assists on the play.
A short overtime period solved nothing so the teams squared off for a shootout. The Saints ended up coming away with the victory thanks to goals from Maddie and Kiera in the shootout. Goaltender Morgan Klassen stopped two of three shooters in the shootout and made another 20 saves through the game.
“We need to focus on our defensive end, and breaking out cleanly, then we’ll get into forecheck systems,” adds Clark-Gillespie. “But right now we really need to clean up our own end and work at breaking out smoothly.”
The Saints have a busy week coming up with a CTV Division match Tuesday against the CJS Olympiens and the Sturgeon Heights tournament where they’re guaranteed at least four games over three days.
Trojans trounced in final preseason match
It’s a good game to forget.
The PCI Trojans hockey club finished their Zone 4 Hockey preseason on a low note Friday night when they fell 17-2 to Morden.
It wasn’t complete failure as the Trojans did manage to keep Morden to just two goals in the third, adding a couple themselves to tie the period 2-2.
They open the Zone 4 Hockey League regular season Thursday when they host Garden Valley at Stride Place.