2007 Esso Women's Nationals

Alberta  2 -  Ontario 2  1

Desirae Clark once faced 83 shots in an NCAA game playing for Harvard.

On Tuesday night at the Sunwave Centre in Salmon Arm, BC, the shot total didn’t reach 83. Still, Clark’s performance was sensational and will stand as one of the memorable points of the 2007 Esso Women’s Nationals.

Clark stopped 57 of 59 shots as her Etobicoke Dolphins (Ontario 2) dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime game to Team Alberta (Calgary Oval X-Treme).

The X-Treme, one of the favourites at this event, fired shots early and often at Clark, who was forced to make several outstanding saves. “It’s good, it feels good,” said Clark, who is from Salmo, BC. “The team played phenomenal. The atmosphere was really positive. “It’s so much fun to play in these games. This is the type of game you play hockey for.”

Team Alberta opened the scoring at 17:28 of the first period when Correne Bredin beat Clark.
The score would remain 1-0 until late in the third period. The Dolphins, desperate to tie the game, pulled Clark for an extra attacker and, moments later, Daniela Diaz scored the tying goal.

The overtime winner came off the stick of Alberta’s Rebecca Russell at 5:13.
In other action on Tuesday night, the Mississauga Aeros (Ontario 1) shut out New Brunswick 8-0. Kelly Bechard and Kate Allgood each scored twice to lead the Aeros.

It should be an exciting day at the Sunwave Centre on Wednesday, as teams battle to move on to the playoffs, which get going on Thursday.

Wednesday’s feature game has Ontario 1 taking on Alberta, in a matchup of 3-0 teams.


Game Information
Game Number 13  Round Preliminary
Arena Sunwave Centre - Spectator Arena City, Country Salmon Arm, B.C., Canada
Month / Day / Year 03/06/2007 Time (local) 07:30 PM PT
Attendance Game Status Final in Overtime

Box Score   1     2     3  OT1Total
Alberta (AB) 1 0 012
Ontario 2 (ON2)00101
First Period
   17:28 AB 12 Correne Bredin (22 Hayley Wickenheiser, 15 Danielle Goyette) PP

   03:58 ON2 2 Kerry Weiland (Holding)
   06:37 ON2 61 Amanda Reid (Cross Checking)
   09:38 ON2 Team (Too Many Men)
   14:01 AB 3 Jocelyne Larocque (Tripping)
   16:40 ON2 27 Jana Harrigan (Hooking)
   19:47 ON2 24 Pam Pachal (Hooking)

Second Period

   07:43 ON2 2 Kerry Weiland (Boarding)
   09:00 AB 7 Kaley Hall (Boarding)
   10:05 ON2 86 Jean Pollett (Elbowing)
   12:14 ON2 4 Daniela Diaz (Tripping)

Third Period
   19:45 ON2 4 Daniela Diaz (17 Melanie Rothon)

   02:46 AB 12 Correne Bredin (Bodychecking)
   06:56 ON2 61 Amanda Reid (High Sticking)
   08:52 AB 11 Rebecca Russell (Cross Checking)
   14:04 AB 18 Gillian Ferrari (Interference)
   17:08 ON2 2 Kerry Weiland (Kneeing)
   17:54 AB 5 Colleen Sostorics (High Sticking)


   05:13 AB 11 Rebecca Russell (27 Gina Kingsbury 12 Correne Bredin)

1 Amanda Tapp On 1/00:00   Off 4/04:47
Ontario 2
1 Desirae Clark On 1/00:00   Off 4/10:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3  OT1 Total
Ontario 23610221

Player of Game
Alberta 34 Delaney Collins
Ontario 2 1 Desirae Clark
Referee Sonia Clement
Lines People Heather Richardson, Shauna Wing