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Saints burned in game 1

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

The Saints are down 1-0 in their best-of-three quarterfinal series with the first place St. Mary's Flames. (file photo)

The Saints are down 1-0 in their best-of-three quarterfinal series with the first place St. Mary's Flames. (file photo)

The girls just ran out of gas.

The Portage Collegiate Institute Saints are down 1-0 to the St. Mary’s Flames in their Winnipeg Women’s High School Hockey CTV Division best-of-three quarterfinal series after dropping Game 1 2-1 in Winnipeg.

“We had a couple of power plays late in the game but the girls didn’t have much left in the tank to generate much offensively,” admits Clark-Gillespie. “The girls played a very good game and we are right there with them. They gave everything they had every shift and we’re very proud of the effort.”

The Saints were first on the board thanks to an unassisted goal from Paige Shwaluk, and that would stand as the only goal through 50 minutes of play. The girls were a little overwhelmed in the second period but a sturdy Morgan Klassen stood tall between the pipes to hold the PCI lead. 

The third saw more penalties than the 40-minutes before and just after the Saints killed off a 5-on-3 penalty the Flames found the back of the net to tie it at 1 on the power play with nine to play. Two minutes later the Saints were penalized again and the Flames capitalized to take their first lead of the game with seven minutes remaining. Klassen finished with 38 saves while the Saints finished the game with just 12 shots.

“Despite the shots on goal, they really didn't outplay us or control the game,” says Saints head coach, Jo-Anne Clark-Gillespie. “At times they did, especially in the second period, but we held our 1-0 lead from early in the first till halfway through the third. Then we ran into some penalty trouble and they scored two goals with the extra attacker.” 

Clark-Gillespie feels they’re right with the Flames and with a full performance and a little more discipline they can get a win in Game 2. It goes Thursday, Feb. 22 at 3:45 p.m. at the BDO Centre.


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