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Overtime warriors

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Paige Shwaluk scored the tying goal and the game winner versus CJS this week to improve the PCI Saints record to 2-0 on the season. (File photo/The Graphic)

Paige Shwaluk scored the tying goal and the game winner versus CJS this week to improve the PCI Saints record to 2-0 on the season. (File photo/The Graphic)

 A perfect start.

The Portage Collegiate Institute (PCI) Saints girl's hockey team downed the CJS Olympiens 3-2 in overtime on the road in Winnipeg Tuesday to pick up their second straight win of the Winnipeg Women's High School Hockey League (WWHSL) regular season and improve to 2-0-0 in the league's CTV Division.

The Saints took a 1-0 lead late in the first when Maddie Shwaluk fired one home, her sisters Paige and Kiera picked up the assists on the play. The girls' lead was short-lived, as the Olympiens answered right back just 22 seconds later to tie the game at one. 

PCI looked to have the upper-hand throughout the second period but it was CJS who took a 2-1 lead when they scored with five minutes left on the clock. The Saints had a late-period power play but were unable to capitalize with the extra attacker. 

The girls turned things on in the third period as desperation began to sink in. Hard work paid off when Paige Shwaluk tied the game with only two minutes to go in regulation with sister Maddie picking up the helper.

It didn't take long for the Saints to capitalize in the overtime period as Paige scored an unassisted marker to win the game a minute into the extra frame. Goalie Morgan Klassen had a busy couple of periods making 20 saves for the win.

The Saints are in the Shaftesbury tournament this weekend and resume league play Tuesday when they visit Selkirk.



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