X-Women blank Tommies 4-0

Photo courtesy St. Thomas Athletics
Photo courtesy St. Thomas Athletics

Fredericton, NB – The StFX X-Women blanked the St. Thomas Tommies 4-0 in AUS women's hockey action Friday night at the Grant-Harvey Centre.  

The X-Women came out firing and were rewarded with two quick goals. The first came at 2:34 when Nicole Halladay beat Tommies netminder Taylor Cook five-hole on the power play. Sarah Bujold followed suit at 4:19, finishing top corner to put StFX up 2-0.

The Tommies eventually settled in and generated 11 shots on goal in the frame, but weren't able to beat the X-Women's Carley Molnar.

"The goal that went in, there's a couple things we could have done differently but we'll touch on those tomorrow," Tommies head coach Peter Murphy said. "Compared to last weekend, which wasn't terrible either, the effort, second effort, third effort, was better. I saw them doing things we worked on this week."

After a scoreless second period, the Tommies came out with pressure to start the final frame. They generated numerous scoring chances, but Molnar was solid between the pipes for the X-Women.

StFX didn't have a shot on goal until 11:21 when Daley Oddy beat Cook blocker side to give the X-Women a 3-0 advantage. Less than two minutes later, Kristen McKinley buried a rebound to extend the X-Women lead to 4-0.

The Tommies pressured in the dying minutes of the game, but weren't able to convert.

Molnar was named the Subway Player of the Game for her 25-save performance. Cook picked up the loss in net for the Tommies, turning away 24 out of 28 shots.

X-Women McKinley and Oddy were named the game's second and third stars, respectively.

With the win the X-Women improve to a perfect 3-0 start to the season.

The Tommies are back in action tomorrow when they host the Dalhousie Tigers at the Grant-Harvey Centre. The X-Women will travel to Charlottetown to take on the UPEI Panthers.

Courtesy St. Thomas Tommies Communications