Red Deer, AB – The Red Deer College Queens captured a 3-0 lead, but the visiting Olds College Broncos didn't relent. The Broncos scored twice in the third period, pulling within one, but couldn't even the contest. The RDC Queens sealed a 3-2 victory at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
After receiving some momentum from an early penalty kill, the RDC Queens capitalized on their fifth shot. At 8:30, Ashley Sutherland's wrist shot from inside the blue line found Jessi-Lynn Sumaling, who made a nice deflection behind Broncos goaltender Victoria Eilers.
Queens goalkeeper Madison Fox, who received her first start in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC), contended with two shots over the opening 20 minutes. While not overly busy, the Bachelor of Science student, made a nice right pad save on a partial breakaway to keep her team ahead. Eilers, a second-year goalie from Virden, Manitoba, was tested 12 times.
The Broncos had an energetic start to the second period, but that momentum was stalled when they had to kill a penalty. At 6:03 with the extra skater, RDC's Ashley Sutherland snuck in from her defensive position and capitalized on a loose puck created by a strong effort from forward Camryn Wallan, giving RDC a two goal cushion.
Over two minutes later, the Queens extended their lead to 3-0. Jessi-Lynn Sumaling set up Braxtyn Shawara in front for her first goal in the ACAC. The Bachelor of Education Elementary student quickly released a shot past Eilers' blocker. Red Deer's Avery Lajeunnesse also picked up an assist.
The Olds College Broncos tried to claw back into the game in the third period. At 2:43, the Broncos got on the board. Maddy Black circled behind the Queens' net and spotted Brianna Marsh in front. The first-year from Alder Point, Nova Scotia beat Fox on the glove side, pulling Olds College within a pair. Eight minutes later, the Broncos struck again. Third-year forward Karli Frederick raced up the right side and found open net high on the short side. Kali Cummings and Sarah Jarvis recorded the helpers.
The Olds College coaching staff pulled Eilers with 57 seconds remaining, but they couldn't find their third marker. The RDC Queens finalized a 3-2 home win.
Jessi-Lynn Sumaling was recognized as the Collegiate Sports Medicine Queens Player-of-the-Game. Brianna Marsh received the honour for the Broncos.
The Queens outshot the Broncos 31-13.
RDC connected on one-of-five power play attempts. Olds College went zero-for-three with the extra skater.
On Friday, October 25, the Queens (2-0-0) will host the SAIT Trojans (0-0-0) at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at 7:00 p.m. The Broncos (0-2-0) will be in action on Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. against the NAIT Ooks (0-1-0) in Olds.