2017 Esso Cup

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2017 Esso Cup
Game #12
Preliminary
Final
April 26, 2017 7:00 pm CDT
Access Event Centre
Morden, Man.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
17
10
5
32
5
6
13
24

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 6
10
0 / 5
12

Game Story

THIBAULT GET SHUTOUT TO SECURES SEMIFINAL BERTH FOR HARFANGS

LEE BOYADJIAN

MORDEN, Man. – Nelly Lapointe’s goal less than two minutes into the first period held up as the game-winner as the Harfangs du Triolet blanked the Pembina Valley Hawks 1-0 on Wednesday at the Esso Cup thanks to a 24-save performance by Michelle Thibault.

Pembina Valley and Triolet both started the game with identical 2-1 records, so the winner would ensure themselves a spot in the semifinals, with a good chance of finishing in second place.

The Harfangs came flying out of the gate, controlling the play deep in the Hawks’ zone. Lapointe, Laurence Drouin and Charlotte Dubuc cycled in the offensive zone, creating space for Lapointe to work her way into the slot. Once there, Dubuc hit her with a hard pass almost immediately, allowing Lapointe to get off a low shot before Hawks goaltender Halle Oswald could get her pad to the post.

The host Hawks struggled to build any momentum after the goal and Triolet peppered Oswald with 15 more shots in the first, all of them turned aside.

In the second period, Oswald’s strong play continued when a shot missed wide and bounced off the boards, nearly deflecting off the goalie’s back and into her own net. But Oswald reached behind her to stop the rolling puck and keep her team within one.

The Harfangs and Hawks exchanged chances, though as the game wore on the majority of the play was in the neutral zone, with neither Triolet or Pembina Valley willing to give an inch on defence.

By the third, this play started to cost Triolet, as it took three straight minor penalties in the first six minutes, which included nearly a minute of 5-on-3 play. Thibault was up to the challenge and the Harfangs' defence ensured the front of the net was clear to avoid deflection or a screen.

In the end, Triolet guaranteed itself a spot in the playoffs. Positioning will be decided after the final games on Thursday.

The Harfangs close out the preliminary round against Prince Albert, at 3:30 p.m. CT. The Bears need a win and some help to get into the semifinals. Pembina Valley can guarantee itself a playoff berth with a win over the Mid-Isle Wildcats at 7 p.m. CT.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Nelly Lapointe

1:49
PENALTY
Penalty: Katelyn Heppner
Interference (2:00)
13:06
PENALTY
Penalty: Chloé Gendreau
Roughing (2:00)
14:58
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Kelly-Rae Zdan
Hooking (2:00)
14:23
PENALTY
Penalty: Makenzie McCallum
Hooking (2:00)
16:04
PENALTY
Penalty: Jade Pomerleau-Daigle
Slashing (2:00)
18:31
PENALTY
Penalty: Alyssa Alderson
Slashing (2:00)
19:00
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Toni Conrad
Tripping (2:00)
1:11
PENALTY
Too Many Players (2:00)
1:58
PENALTY
Penalty: Charlotte Dubuc
Slashing (2:00)
5:38
PENALTY
Penalty: Cora Fijala
Body-Checking (2:00)
11:57
PENALTY
Penalty: Sandrine Veillette
Tripping (2:00)
13:20

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GAA SV%
Michelle Thibault QUE 60 24 24 0 1.000
Halle Oswald HST 59 32 31 1 0.969

Game Leaders

GA 0 - SVS - 24 - SV% - 1.000
GA 1 - SVS - 31 - SV% - 0.969

Previous Games

0 - 1 L @ PacificPAC
Apr 29, 2017
1 - 4 L vs. OntarioONT
Apr 29, 2017
2 - 1 W vs. HostHST
Apr 28, 2017
1 - 2 L @ Québec QUE
Apr 28, 2017
2 - 3 L @ WestWST
Apr 27, 2017
6 - 1 W vs. AtlanticATL
Apr 27, 2017
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