(KINGSTON, ON) – The No. 10 ranked women’s hockey team was eliminated from the post season in a 2-1 double overtime thriller to the Queen’s Gaels on Saturday night in Kingston.
The first period saw both teams struggle to establish a rhythm. Both goaltender’s, Windsor’s Jamie Tessier and Queens’ Mel Dodd-Moher, stood tall under offensive pressure that was often directly in front of their respective creases.
With the Gaels shorthanded, Windsor broke the deadlock halfway through the second period when Courtney Spoors put a loose puck past Dodd-Moher in the slot. The Gaels came close to equalizing several times after the Windsor goal but ultimately could not solved Tessier who held up under pressure for Windsor.
The third period was played at an exciting pace which saw only one whistle in ten minutes of action. With the Lancers’ Canadace Kourounis in the penalty box for roughing, the Gaels’ Brittany McHaffie tipped a shot past Tessier to put Queen’s on the board. McHaffie’s goal would be the lone marker in the third period, and the teams would need overtime.
Overtime was tightly contested with many opportunities for both teams. Neither team could muster the winning goal in the first overtime period, and a second was needed.
Just over the halfway mark of the second overtime, the Lancers found themselves in the penalty box giving the Gaels the man advantage the Lancers’ end.
Queens’ Kelsey Thompson accepted a pass just inside the face-off dot and tucked the puck past Tessier to give the Gaels the win and seal the Lancers fate.