Women's hockey team hosts Ryerson Rams Saturday night
In a battle of two of the top teams in the OUA, the Friday night contest between the Nipissing Lakers women’s hockey team and the Toronto Varsity Blues didn’t disappoint.
When all was said and done, the Lakers handed Toronto their first loss of the season thanks to a dominant third period and a 2-1 win.
In a fast, but low-scoring first period, it was the Blues who managed to get on the board first.
The teams played 16 minutes of 0-0 hockey before Toronto made it 1-0 late in the period.
They held a 9-7 advantage in shots and took a one goal lead into the first intermission.
In the middle frame, the teams traded scoring chances, with the Lakers getting the advantage in terms of quantity, but no one could find the back of the net.
Through 40 minutes, the score remained 1-0 in favour of the Blues.
Shots went the Blues way, as well, leading 15-14 in that department.
Power plays by both teams in the third period didn’t result in anything, as the score remained 1-0 Toronto until 9:32 left in the period when Nipissing tied things up.
Britney Zack scored, with Maria Dominico earning the assist.
Less than a minute late, captain Jetta Derenoski buried a shot off the rush to give the Lakers the lead.
Nipissing locked things down for the rest of the period and held on for the 2-1 victory.
Danika Ranger finished with 22 saves, while the final shots read 25-23 in favour of Nipissing.
Nipissing is back at home Saturday night, when they host the Ryerson Rams, in the second game of their four game home stand.
Game time is 7:30 pm at Memorial Gardens.
The Lakers fell short Friday night in Kingston, losing 5-2 to RMC. Kyle Lewis and Nic Vlahos scored for Nipissing, while Talor Joseph finished with 36 saves in the loss. Nipissing faces Ottawa Saturday night in the Nation’s Capital to close out the weekend.
The Lakers fell short on the road, losing 75-73 tonight in double-overtime to the Laurier Golden Hawks. Nipissing is back in action Saturday night when they take on the Waterloo Warriors. Game time is 6 pm in Waterloo.