Griffins blank Queens at Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

Griffins blank Queens at Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

Red Deer, AB – The visiting MacEwan University Griffins used a two goal second period to down the host Red Deer College Queens 2-0 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

The Griffins tested Queens goaltender Madison Fox only minutes into the first period, but the Bachelor of Science Nursing student made a nice right pad, setting the tone for the scoreless frame. Both teams had chances on the power play, but neither side could convert. Madison Fox, from Maple Ridge, made 12 saves. Natalie Bender turned aside five for MacEwan.

In the middle stanza, the visitors scored the game's opening marker at 5:10. While on a five-on-three power play, the Griffins' Jayme Doyle quickly released a shot past Fox's glove on their 16th shot. Shyla Jans and Carley Jewell had the assists.

With 6:59 remaining in the period, MacEwan University went up by a pair. Chantal Ricker carried the puck across the slot, sent a backhand on Fox and then jammed home the rebound. Jordyn Reimer picked up the assist.

In the third, the Queens had a prime opportunity to climb back into the contest on a power play with 5:30 left. Mary Hirsch made a nice rush up the right side and tested Bender, but MacEwan's defence cleared the rebound.

Queens Head Coach Kelly Coulter pulled Fox with 2:33 remaining for the extra skater but the Queens couldn't tally.

Madison Fox was named the Collegiate Sports Medicine Queens Player-of-the-Game, making 23 saves out of 25 shots (0.920).

Chantal Ricker received the award for the Griffins.

Natalie Bender turned aside all 12 RDC shots.

MacEwan struck once on four power plays. RDC couldn't score on three opportunities. 

On Friday, Jan. 17, the Queens (9-4-1-0) will host the NAIT Ooks (9-4-1-0) at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at 7:00 pm. Both teams are tied for second in the standings with 19 points. 

The first place Griffins (13-3-0-0) will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 24, when they play NAIT (9-4-1-0) at 7:00 pm.