Game Summary
Edmonton Thunder  1 -  Thunder Bay Queens  2

 

THUNDER BAY QUEENS MOVE ON TO GOLD MEDAL MATCHUP

REGINA, Sask. – The Thunder Bay Queens did it again, claiming another Esso Cup victory Friday by edging the Edmonton Thunder 2-1 in front of an enthralled crowd at the Co-operators Centre, ultimately securing the Ontario team a spot in Saturday’s gold medal game.

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Courtney Tougas (Thunder Bay, Ont.) and Kaitlyn Quarrell (Thunder Bay, Ont.) helped the Queens get into their groove on the ice, teaming up to give Thunder Bay a 2-0 lead by the end of the first period. The first goal came at 12:37, when Tougas took a raised pass from Quarrell on a two-on-one to beat Edmonton’s defender and put it past netminder Morgan Glover (Edmonton, Alta.).

Just over two minutes later, the forward line combined for the second marker, with Jana Henry (Thunder Bay, Ont.) feeding the puck to Quarrell, who gave it back to Tougas, who fired a nice high shot into the mesh.

But Pacific reps the Thunder stormed onto the ice during the second ready to make a comeback, with Julia Murrell tipping in a well-played shot from the point by blueliner Kelsie Lang (Edmonton, Alta.), to narrow the gap to 2-1 in favour of the Queens.

The back-and-forth action continued throughout the period and into the third, with the Thunder pulling out all the stops in an attempt to come out of the semifinal successful. But the Queens reigned supreme once again, proving why they ended round robin play in first place and ensuring their berth in Saturday’s gold medal game, which will air live on TSN2 at 4 p.m. CT.

Netminder Amanda Makela (Thunder Bay, Ont.) of the Queens stopped 36 shots to earn Player of the Game for her team, while forward Kirsten Reeves (Edmonton, Alta.) had the same honour for The Thunder.

 

Game Information
Game Number 16  Round Semi-Final
Arena Co-operators Centre at Evraz Place City, Country Regina, Sask., Canada
Month / Day / Year 04/23/2010 Time (local) 02:00 PM CT
Attendance 454 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Edmonton Thunder (PAC) 0 1 0 1
Thunder Bay Queens (ONT) 2 0 0 2
Goals/Penalties
First Period
Goals:
   12:37 ONT 5 Courtney Tougas (12 Kaitlyn Quarrell)
   14:55 ONT 5 Courtney Tougas (12 Kaitlyn Quarrell, 7 Jana Henry)

Penalties:

Second Period
Goals:
   11:12 PAC 3 Julia Murrell (6 Kelsie Lang)

Penalties:
   03:14 ONT 11 Ellia Heroux (Hooking)
   06:40 PAC 21 Kirsten Reeves (Hooking)
   07:51 PAC 9 Jessica Sekulic (Tripping)

Third Period
Goals:

Penalties:
   05:05 PAC 5 Elizabeth Hillier (Boarding)
   08:51 PAC 15 Arden Cowley (Bodychecking)
   11:58 ONT 7 Jana Henry (Tripping)


Goaltenders
Edmonton Thunder
31 Morgan Glover On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00
Thunder Bay Queens
30 Amanda Makela On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Edmonton Thunder 16 12 8 36
Thunder Bay Queens 11 10 8 29

Player of Game
Edmonton Thunder 21 Kirsten Reeves
Thunder Bay Queens 30 Amanda Makela
Officials
Referee Ashley Desjardins
Lines People Ashley Richter, Michelle Stapleton
Goal Judge Al Schaefer, Glen Albert