A fourth straight victory propelled PCI into a tie for second place in the WWHSHL's CTV Division
Saints outlast Raiders at Stride Place
Natasha Rosset (right) smiles after Madison Ballantyne scored the game-winner in the third period versus Oak Park Monday in Portage. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)
Make that four-in-a-row.
The Portage Collegiate Institute (PCI) Saints notched their fourth straight victory in the Winnipeg Women’s High School Hockey League’s CTV Division with Monday night’s 4-3 win over Oak Park at Stride Place in Portage la Prairie.
“Our defenders are picking up assists and we had four different scorers tonight,” says Saints head coach, Jo-Anne Clark-Gillespie. “We’re really happy with our team play right now. We talked about how we need to play complete games and for the last three games we have, and it’s from every line too.”
The Saints were quick to act in the first period, using all their home ice momentum to score six minutes in to take a 1-0 lead. It was Cassidy who lit the lamp with Sydney Fletcher snagging the assist on the play.
The Saints continued to control the play in the second period leading to two more goals for the home club. Paige and Kiera Shwaluk connected for one while Maegan Inman found the back of the net with five minutes remaining in the period. The Raiders got on the board in the second as well to make it 3-1 heading into the final frame.
The away team rallied in the third, scoring just 1:33 in to climb within one. PCI ran into some penalty trouble falling to five-on-three at one point but goalie Morgan Klassen stood tall to keep the one goal lead. Madison Ballantyne would add an insurance marker at the halfway point of the period, and it’s a good thing she did because the Raiders added one more with a couple of minutes left. The girls held out for the final buzzer and their fourth straight.
“(Klassen) made some good second saves where she was sliding side to side,” says Clark-Gillespie. “She was really calm with the puck and looks really strong this year by squaring to the puck and controlling her rebounds.”
PCI jumped into a three-way tie for second place in the CTV Division with the win. They’re tied with St. Mary’s and Dakota and all three sit just one point back of the CJS Olympiens in first. The Saints are back on the ice Friday, November 24, when they visit Dakota in Winnipeg.