‘Argh!’

The Glengarry News - - Sports in the Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Edi­tor Road­run­ners se­nior ‘ A/ BB’ women’s hockey team leader Tammy MacSweyn, check­ing in from Morocco where she was wrap­ping up her March Break trip, summed up her squad’s Sun­day night loss in Maxville with a sin­gle word: “Argh!” It was in­deed apt. The Road­run­ners topped the league all sea­son, los­ing just once in 18 games, with 12 wins and 5 ties. The ladies fin­ished 10 points clear of the sec­ond­place Coy­otes.

The Na­tional Cap­i­tal Women’s Hockey League play­off for­mat is a four-game af­fair, where, as the first-place team, the Road­run­ners match up against the squads that ended the cam­paign in third, fourth, fifth, and sixth. In essence, they avoid the Coy­otes.

On March 4, in Maxville, the women dropped the puck on play­off ac­tion, scor­ing a 4-1 vic­tory over the fifth- seeded Ot­tawa Storm.

With two weeks off, the ladies re­sumed play last Sun­day, sans MacSweyn, against the thir­dranked Rhi­nos, who had just four spare play­ers on their bench.

The vis­i­tors built a 3-0 lead by the early stages of the sec­ond pe­riod, be­fore the Road­run­ners bat­tled back in an ef­fort to right the ship.

Brit­tany Ma­cLen­nan and Kelsey MacDon­ald set up the first tally, as Julie Cur­tis found her­self alone in the low slot and made no mis­take, snap­ping a wris­ter past the Rhi­nos goal­tender.

Four min­utes later, Ali­cia Ea­mon slammed Ains­ley Gor­don’s re­bound into the back of the op­po­si­tion net.

The third pe­riod was most ten­ta­tive for a while, with play backand-forth, as the Rhi­nos worked to de­fend, while the Road­run­ners fought for of­fen­sive op­por­tu­ni­ties that were few and far be­tween.

With three min­utes left in the con­test, the vis­i­tors added an in­sur­ance tally, to seal the re­sult and hand the Road­run­ners the 4-2 loss.

Just one penalty was called in the game, an in­frac­tion against the Road­run­ners, who were ef­fec­tive on the kill.

Look­ing ahead, the ladies move on to Smiths Falls for a March 25 game, fol­lowed by a March 29 tilt in Car­leton Place to wrap up the first round of play­offs.

The top two teams will then bat­tle in a one-game champi- on­ship, slated for April 4, in Ot­tawa.

The fol­low­ing week­end, the Road­run­ners will com­pete in Bramp­ton, at provin­cials.

ON OT­TAWA

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

PUSH IT REAL GOOD: Kelsey MacDon­ald, of the Road­run­ners, ad­vances the puck in the of­fen­sive zone, as team­mate Ains­ley Gor­don ties up a Rhi­nos de­fender.

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