2010 Esso Cup

Notre Dame Hounds  5 -  Edmonton Thunder  2


REGINA, Sask. – A power play goal by Brienna Gillanders (Kyle, Sask.) just 43 seconds into the game helped the Notre Dame Hounds start their week at the Esso Cup off in style, with the Western representatives creating plenty of pretty plays over all three periods to take their first game of the national championship 5-2 over Pacific representatives the Edmonton Thunder.

Notre Dame’s second marker came courtesy of Taylor Woods (Wilcox, Sask.), who fired a bullet into the top corner of the net while her team was shorthanded at 7:28 in the first. That was followed up a few minutes later by teammate Olivia Howe (Moose Jaw, Sask.), who let her own hard shot rip from the point to put the Hounds up 3-0 going into the intermission.

A rough start didn’t deter the Thunder, with Jessica Sekulic (Edmonton, Alta.) putting the puck past netminder Tamber Tisdale (Red Deer, Alta.) and putting Edmonton up on the scoreboard midway through the second on a beautiful pass out front from Rachel Johnson (Edmonton, Alta.).  But the Hounds were able to capitalize on another power play, with Woods scoring her second of the day on a Tic-Tac-Toe play on assists from Gillanders and Brooke Wilgosh (Regina, Sask.).

Although Kirsten Reeves (Edmonton, Alta.) tried to keep her team in the game with a goal early in the third, the Hounds sealed the deal with less than five minutes left in the game when Howe scored her second for the 5-2 victory. Not even an Edmonton Thunder penalty shot stopped Notre Dame, with Tisdale cutting off the angle and easily making the save.  Woods was named Player of the Game for Notre Dame, while defenceman Riana Magee (received the honour for Edmonton.


Game Information
Game Number Round Round Robin
Arena Co-operators Centre at Evraz Place City, Country Regina, Sask., Canada
Month / Day / Year 04/18/2010 Time (local) 04:00 PM CT
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Notre Dame Hounds (WST) 3 1 1 5
Edmonton Thunder (PAC) 0 1 1 2
First Period
   00:23 WST 19 Brienna Gillanders (5 Brooke Wilgosh, 4 Taylor Woods) PP
   06:28 WST 4 Taylor Woods (14 Jenny More) SH
   11:11 WST 16 Olivia Howe (3 Erica Williams, 5 Brooke Wilgosh)

   00:17 PAC 11 Riana Magee (Tripping)
   05:46 WST 7 Brittany Berisoff (Tripping)
   11:36 WST 4 Taylor Woods (Slashing)

Second Period
   11:15 PAC 9 Jessica Sekulic (17 Rachel Johnson)
   18:07 WST 4 Taylor Woods (19 Brienna Gillanders, 5 Brooke Wilgosh) PP

   00:35 WST 19 Brienna Gillanders (Bodychecking)
   05:41 WST 3 Erica Williams (Bodychecking)
   06:35 PAC 12 Cassidy Delainey (Interference)
   06:59 PAC 11 Riana Magee (Bodychecking)
   16:29 PAC 9 Jessica Sekulic (High Sticking)
   18:59 WST 12 Crystal Duhaime (Hooking)

Third Period
   07:33 PAC 21 Kirsten Reeves (4 Heather Kashman) PP
   15:23 WST 16 Olivia Howe (19 Brienna Gillanders, 8 Gabriela Stewart)

   03:00 PAC 7 Stephanie Zvonkovic (Roughing)
   05:32 WST 8 Gabriela Stewart (Hooking)

Notre Dame Hounds
1 Tamber Tisdale On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00
Edmonton Thunder
31 Morgan Glover On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Notre Dame Hounds 11 8 4 23
Edmonton Thunder 4 9 4 17

Player of Game
Notre Dame Hounds 4 Taylor Woods
Edmonton Thunder 16 Riana Magee
Referee Melodie Boulet
Lines People Kari Laborde, Michelle Stapleton
Goal Judge Al Schaefer, GlenAlbert