The Varsity Blues’ women’s hockey team took a big win over rival York Lions on Saturday, November 19. Both teams could feel the pressure leading up to the game and neither side was disappointed.
The Blues’ goalie, Madeline Albert, who held a .956 save percentage and 1.00 goals against average in the previous season, started the game off strong and made crucial saves in the first period. Offensively, the Blues broke down the Lions’ defence and found holes in the centre of the ice, which allowed them to make strong, connecting passes moving forward.
The first period ended with no goals for either team, but it was evident that the Blues were just getting started.
About two minutes into the second period, the Blues’ offensive lineup rushed the opposing net and forward Isabella Greco scored the first goal of the game. There was some chaos in front of the net, but the refs counted the goal for the Blues, giving them a 1–0 lead.
With about eight minutes left in the second period, right off of a faceoff, Blues’ forward Emma Elders scored the second goal of the game, putting the Blues up by two.
The Lions regained possession in the offensive zone nearing the end of the second period, and forward Jenn Shaw scored with just over three minutes left, leading the Blues into the third period with a 2–1 lead.
Both teams came out at the start of the third period hungry for more goals, and each team created many goal-scoring opportunities. However, neither team was able to score another goal, and as the buzzer went off, the Blues celebrated their 2–1 win against the Lions.
Next week, the Blues face the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks on November 25, who they defeated earlier on in the season with a final score of 2–1. The fans can expect the Blues’ to bring the same fierce energy that they showed tonight and a hunger for retaining their winning streak this season.