Third time’s the charm, eh? EH?! Well…it wasn’t for the Catamount ladies out there. Three years, three L’s taken against McGill.
And this time, the Cats were arguably the better team. They absolutely dominated the second period with opportunistic goals by Gorecki (a three-on-two shortly after the period began) and Campeau (a rebound from an O’Neill point shot on the PP) on the edge of the crease. But then, some costly penalties came into play; McGill pulled two back from power play goals, then scored the OT winner less than 20 seconds after an Andreakos penalty expired. The Cats had some chances to win the game late on the power play, or put it out of reach during the third when Allie Granato had a breakaway try stopped by Tricia Deguire, who was sensational for the Martlets (35 SV).
Now, in fairness, the result doesn’t really represent anything other than that they’ve had some more game time out there. For the Cats, this was our first game scenario of the year; for McGill, it was their sixth game (losses to UBC, U of Calgary, Mount Royal, and the CWHL’s Les Canadiennes, and a win the night before this down in Canton against the SLUzers). In preseason, fitness and cohesion are much more important (even Coach Plumer admits this), and the team did look very good in the latter department, especially in the second. The Gorecki-Baker-Campeau line in particular looked real good, and the team in general had the ideas. Just need to get the execution down.
Union is next, on October 4. The Dutchwomen were flat-out awful last year, which means this could be an opportunity to build confidence.
The Vermont Hockey Blog Three Stars of the Game
1. Tricia Deguire (McGill) – Deguire, a first year from Sherbrooke, Que., was absolutely sensational. A night after stopping 34 to shut out St. Lawrence, she stopped 35 against the Catamounts, keeping her team in the game.
2. Melodie Daoust (McGill) – Sure, all her points were secondary assists, but she was all over the ice and nearly had a goal herself with some great moves. A top-class player.
3. Cassidy Campeau (UVM) – A lovely pass to Gorecki for the first goal, then pounced on a rebound for the second. As stated earlier, her line was the best on the ice.