Game Summary
Edmonton Thunder  5 -  Scarborough Sharks  1
 

ESPOSITO LEADS THUNDER TO FIRST ESSO CUP WIN

by Derek Kelly Neumeier

CALGARY, Alta. – Edmonton Thunder forward Brittany Esposito turned the Esso Cup into the Espo Cup Monday afternoon, scoring one goal and adding three assists to lead her team to a 5-1 victory over the Scarborough Sharks in the second game for both at the National Female Midget Championship.

Edmonton found their offensive legs at unexpected times, scoring a pair of shorthanded goals. The first happened midway through the first when forward Jenna Klynstra took a slick pass from Esposito on the boards,
went in alone and beat Sharks goaltender Marissa Kozovki up high with a sharp wrist shot, giving her team an early 1-0 lead.

The second goal came in the second period thanks to a great individual effort by Esposito. After blocking a shot at the point she picked up the loose puck, skated past a Sharks defender and beat Kozovski with a nifty deke.

Scarborough’s march to the penalty box prevented it from making any kind of a comeback – the Ontario champions were whistled for 11 minor penalties, six in the first period with the game in the balance, and four more in the third with the Sharks trailing.

With the win the Thunder up its record to 1-1, while the Sharks remain without a win at 0-2. Edmonton will look to keep the momentum going against the host Calgary Flyers on Tuesday, while Scarborough will look to regroup with a day off before facing the Northern Stars on Wednesday.

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Game Information
Game Number Round Preliminary
Arena Max Bell Centre City, Country Calgary, Alta., Canada
Month / Day / Year 04/20/2009 Time (local) 04:00 PM MT
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Edmonton Thunder (PAC) 1 2 2 5
Scarborough Sharks (ONT) 0 1 0 1
Goals/Penalties
First Period
Goals:
   12:07 PAC 11 Jenna Klynstra (7 Brittany Esposito) SH

Penalties:
   04:31 ONT 24 Megan Wickens (Hooking)
   07:32 ONT 6 Gillian Beggs (Interference)
   08:51 PAC 21 Calaine Inglis (Tripping)
   11:55 PAC 19 Carmanah Hunter (Cross Checking)
   15:36 ONT 10 Alana Walker (Roughing)
   16:37 ONT 24 Megan Wickens (High Sticking)
   19:10 ONT 67 Justine Coll (Hooking)
   19:56 ONT 4 Robyn Crummey (Hooking)

Second Period
Goals:
   00:20 PAC 16 Riana Magee (7 Brittany Esposito, 21 Calaine Inglis) PP
   09:22 ONT 84 Annie Shapero (14 Kaitlyn Keon) PP
   10:57 PAC 7 Brittany Esposito SH

Penalties:
   02:53 PAC 16 Riana Magee (Tripping)
   04:23 ONT 7 Julia Palozzi (Tripping)
   08:56 PAC 17 Kristie Martin (Roughing)
   10:31 PAC 11 Jenna Klynstra (Tripping)

Third Period
Goals:
   03:35 PAC 9 Janella Brodett (14 Alison Campbell)
   14:49 PAC 21 Calaine Inglis (7 Brittany Esposito, 6 Jessica Hootz)

Penalties:
   04:39 ONT 67 Justine Coll (Bodychecking)
   08:09 ONT 24 Megan Wickens (Tripping)
   12:20 ONT 91 Erin Weston (Tripping)
   15:27 PAC 6 Jessica Hootz (Interference)
   16:11 ONT 6 Gillian Beggs (Hooking)


Goaltenders
Edmonton Thunder
1 Meghan Witt On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00
Scarborough Sharks
43 Marissa Kozovski On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Edmonton Thunder 10 11 7 28
Scarborough Sharks 10 8 11 29

Player of Game
Edmonton Thunder 21 Calaine Inglis
Scarborough Sharks 67 Justine Coll
Officials
Referee Shelley Knowlton
Lines People Amanda Allaire, Lacey Senuk