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Saints sight on second round

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Saints Madison Ballantyne scored her second of the postseason Monday night when PCI beat River East 2-1 in Game 2 of their WWHSHL playoff series. The Saints swept it 2-0. (file photo).

Saints Madison Ballantyne scored her second of the postseason Monday night when PCI beat River East 2-1 in Game 2 of their WWHSHL playoff series. The Saints swept it 2-0. (file photo).

It was a clean sweep for the girls.

The Portage Collegiate Institute Saints hockey team is off to the second round of the Winnipeg Women’s High School Hockey League CTV Division playoffs with their 2-1 win over River East Wednesday night to eliminate the Kodiaks 2-0 in the best-of-three series.

“We played a much more clean and tighter game then we did in Game 1,” says Saints head coach, Jo-Anne Clark-Gillespie. “We had a lead and held it even though we were outshot 46-21. (Morgan) Klassen played outstanding, but the majority of the shots she faced were one-and-done as our defence cleared them quickly and cleanly.”

The first 20 minutes were even with 10 shots for the Saints and eight shots for the Kodiaks. Madison Ballantyne took the lead in Saints scoring with her second of the postseason, with Tryniti Mercier picking up the assist to give Portage a 1-0 lead after 20. 

The Kodiaks threw everything but the kitchen sink at Klassen over the next 40 minutes but she only allowed the one marker on the 46 shots she faced over 60 minutes. Maddie Shwaluk would score her first of the postseason, and the eventual game-winner near the end of the second period with the assists going to her sister Paige and Sydney Fletcher. 

“We were 4-4 on the penalty kill and that was huge,” says Gillespie. “We’ll have to wait and see now what the other series do before we can confirm who we’re going to play in the next round.” 

The Saints are pushing on without any injuries into the second round, which should begin next week. Barring an upset the Saints will find themselves up against the first place St. Mary’s Flames next week.


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