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.
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.