Red Deer, AB – After Friday's game went to a shootout between the RDC Queens and NAIT Ooks, it was no surprise that it would be another close contest in Saturday's rematch. The teams were tied with 7:05 left in the third, until Queens forward Camryn Wallan deflected the game-winning goal past Kaitlyn Slator. RDC added an empty netter and wrapped up a 4-2 home decision.
In a cautious opening period, both teams' penalty killing units were put to the test, but neither side could capitalize.
As the pace picked up in the middle stanza, so did the scoring opportunities. The Ooks buzzed around the Queens net and about midway through the period, they grabbed a lead. Queens goaltender Karlee Fetch made the initial save, but NAIT third-year forward Cass Lyttle jammed home the rebound. Bryana Merrill and Wynona Creyke picked up the assists.
While shorthanded and six seconds remaining in a Queens' penalty, Avery Lajeunnesse tied the game. The first-year Open Studies student used her speed wide, chipping the puck past a NAIT defender and then went backhand shelf, over Kaitlyn Slator's blocker.
In the third, NAIT third-year forward Megan Leblanc had an opportunity for the go-ahead goal. The Personal Fitness Trainer student tried to beat Fetch high glove, but the fifth-year goaltender flashed the leather. The home team gained some momentum from the successful penalty kill.
Then the Queens and Ooks alternated goals in a five minute span. Slator stopped a Queens' shot from outside the circle, but Brooklyn Rowley shoveled home a rebound at 7:33, providing the Queens a one goal lead.
Nearly two minutes later, Ooks second-year forward Jordan McMillan responded, finding space between Fetch's pads. Then Queens' alternate captain Camryn Wallan deflected an Ashley Sutherland slap shot past Slator, pushing the home side up 3-2.
NAIT pressed late and pulled Slator for the extra skater, but with 46 seconds remaining Jenessa Fournier sealed a 4-2 victory into the empty net.
Over three periods, the NAIT Ooks outshot the RDC Queens 21-15.
Camryn Wallan was named the Collegiate Sports Medicine Queens Player-of-the-Game. Cass Lyttle received the award for the Ooks.
On Thursday, November 14, the RDC Queens (6-2-0-0) will play the Broncos (1-6-1-0) in Olds at 7:00 p.m. The NAIT Ooks (5-3-0-0) will play an away game against the first place MacEwan University Griffins (7-1-0-0) on Friday at 7:00 p.m.