Saints shutout Huskies; Trojans fall to Aces in Altona
High school hockey report
Saints' goalie Morgan Klassen makes a big breakaway save in the first period on her way to a shutout over the Huskies Monday night in Portage. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)
It was two different stories for Portage Collegiate Institute's hockey teams Monday night.
The Saints won 2-0 over Sturgeon Heights in Winnipeg Women's High School Hockey League's CTV Division action in Portage while the Trojans fell 9-2 to WC Miller Aces on the road in Altona.
“We've put a lot of work into our forecheck and it has really been paying off,” says Saints head coach, Jo-Anne Clark-Gillespie. “We've been working our defence too by getting them to pinch on the weak side and they were doing it perfectly. It's about knowing their role without the puck in the system and the girls were doing it.”
The varsity girl's hockey team was in top form Monday evening at Stride Place when they shut out the Huskies. It was a physical game with multi-player battles along the wall, in the corners, and up and down the rink. Kiera Shwaluk scored the opener, and eventual game-winner, for the Saints in the second period after a back-and-forth first period.
The aggressive style of play continued into the third until Madison Ballantyne added the Saints' insurance marker on the power play. The Saints continued to press until the final buzzer, ensuring goalie Morgan Klassen's shutout remained intact.
(Klassen) had a 22 save shutout,” adds Gillespie. “She's doing very well at controlling her rebounds and steering pucks to where it's the safest out there. Our backup Tori Janeczko has been learning a lot from just watching her and that's important too.”
The PCI Trojans can't seem to get rolling as they slipped to 1-5 on the year, and last place, in the Zone 4 Hockey League after their loss to the Aces. Rylan Crawford scored the Trojans first goal in the second period to make it 4-1, Henry Jordan had the other in the third.
The Saints and Trojans are both in action again this week. The girls are in Winnipeg to face Miles Mac Wednesday night, the boys welcome Carman to Stride Place Thursday.