Halifax, NS - The Saint Mary's Huskies (19-3-1) defended home ice with a 5-0 shutout victory over the StFX X-Women at Alumni Arena on Sunday afternoon.
SMU, the No. 4 ranked team in U SPORTS, moved one point back of StFX, the No.3 ranked team, for first place in the AUS standings. Both teams have one game left to play in the regular season.
Breanna Lanceleve (Middle Sackville, NS), Brooke Murphy (Balla Phillip, NB), Nicole Blanche (Dunville, NL), Laura Polak (Bedford, NS) and Caitlin Pejkovic (Sherwood Park, AB) got on the scoreboard for the Huskies.
Rebecca Clark (Keswick, ON) made 25 saves to pickup the shutout and her 14th win.
Cassidy McEwan (Lloydminster, AB.) finished with 22 saves as her record falls to 6-1.
Lanceleve opened the scoring 11:23 into the first period. She was first up ice on the fore-check, picked off an errant pass through the slot and sniped top corner glove side.
SMU started the second period with a bang as Murphy made it 2-0 just 16 seconds in. Siobhan Birch (Mississauga, ON) got on the puck down low, slipped a feed to Murphy just to the right of the net and Murphy one-touched it up under the bar.
Blanche pushed it to 3-0 with a power play marker just over a minute later. Laura Horwood (Grandfalls-Windsor, NL) moved it to Lanceleve who took a shot from the right circle. The rebound popped out the other side for Blanche who buried the puck.
Polak scored the fourth Huskies goal 1:15 into the third period. Blanche got it to Lanceleve whose shot ricocheted off Polak and in.
Pejkovic finished the scoring at 18:46 of the final frame. Taylor Keeping (Hackett's Cove, NS) worked the puck into the StFX zone. Kate Barber (Aurora, ON) picked it up and put a cross crease feed on Pejkovic's tape who took a couple cracks at it and knocked it home.
Shots in the game were 27-25 in favour of Saint Mary's as they snapped a 12-game win streak for the X-Women.
Up next, StFX concludes their regular season on home ice in Antigonish, NS against the Dalhousie Tigers on Friday, Feb. 9. The Huskies are back at Alumni Arena to host the U de M Aigles Bleus on Saturday, Feb. 10.
Courtesy Cam Honey-Webb, SMU Sports Information