Notre Dame Hounds 5 - Edmonton Thunder 2
NOTRE DAME HOUNDS “NEVER LOSE HEART” TO WIN ESSO CUP GOLD
ST. ALBERT, Alta. – The Notre Dame Hounds (West) never lost heart.
From settling for silver in 2010 to defeating the Edmonton Thunder (Pacific) 5-2 to for thegoldmedal in 2011, there’s no doubt the Hounds were determined to make their Esso Cup dreams come true.
And that they did Saturday night on the ice at Servus Place, with team captain Jennifer More(Deloraine,Man.) getting her team a step closer by jumping on a powerplay chance and redirecting a DaniellaMatteucci(Fruitvale, B.C.) shot to give the first Notre Dame goal of the night just five minutes into thefirst.Taylor Woods (Wilcox, Sask.) also assisted to help make it happen.
But the Edmonton Thunder, who finished in first during preliminary action at the 2011 Esso Cup andmadetheir third straight appearance at the tournament in St. Albert, appeared to be just as determined toclaimCanada’s National Female Midget Championship bragging rights, with Thunder captain HeatherKashmancapitalizing on a powerplay by letting a quick snap shot go and sending the puck into the back of theNotreDame net at 12:32 in the period.
Edmonton was able to hold off the Hounds through most of the second, but Natasha Kostenko(Fannystelle,Man.) fed Courtney Jacklin (Regina, Sask.) at 16:25 in the period, putting thegame-winning goal on thescoreboard.
From that point on, Notre Dame claimed the game, and ultimately the gold medal as their own, withMorescoring her second goal of the night, again on the powerplay. Alyssa Threadkell (Cold Lake, Alta.)followedup with another for the Hounds, and while Jessica Sekulic (Edmonton, Alta.) tried to get her teamback in thegame at 18:49, Olivia Howe (Moose Jaw, Sask.) scored on the empty Edmonton net in the last 20seconds of thegame to seal the 5-2 win.
So, just as Notre Dame alumna Mandi Schwartz “never lost heart” despite losing her long battleagainstleukemia, the Hounds competing at the 2011 Esso Cup never did either, inspired by the strengthandperseverance of the players that come before them.
|Arena||Servus Place||City, Country||St. Albert, Alta.|
|Month / Day / Year||04/23/2011||Time||06:00 PM MT|
|Notre Dame Hounds (WST)||1||1||3||5|
|Edmonton Thunder (PAC)||1||0||1||2|
04:59 WST 14 Jennifer More (11 Daniella Matteucci, 2 Taylor Woods) PP
12:32 PAC 4 Heather Kashman (21 Kirsten Reeves, 8 Samantha Schulz) PP
16:25 WST 10 Courtenay Jacklin (8 Natasha Kostenko)
14:06 WST 7 Brittany Berisoff (10 Courtenay Jacklin, 8 Natasha Kostenko)
14:58 WST 14 Jennifer More (5 Kirsten Toth, 16 Olivia Howe) PP
18:49 PAC 9 Jessica Sekulic (17 Rachel Johnson) PP
19:39 WST 16 Olivia Howe (20 Danielle Leslie, 2 Taylor Woods) EN
|Notre Dame Hounds||
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Notre Dame Hounds||13||11||11||35|
|Player of the Game|
|Notre Dame Hounds||14 Jennifer More|
|Edmonton Thunder||4 Heather Kashman|
|Lines People||Kayla Keeping, Arron Best|
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