Doyon-Lessard Continues to Provide Good Goaltending
Women’s Hockey Team Picks Up Consecutive Wins Over Weekend
After defeating UdeM in a shootout the night before, the Concordia Stingers’ women’s hockey team scored four unanswered goals en route to a comfortable 5-1 win over the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees Oct. 16 at Ed Meagher Arena.
“We were really happy with our team effort today and played the type of system we wanted to play,” said Stingers head coach Les Lawton, whose team recorded its second win in as many days. “I thought we outworked them. I thought we beat them to the puck all over the ice, [and] obviously, we had stellar goaltending.”
Stingers goaltender Audrey Doyon-Lessard stopped 40 of 41 shots on net, while her Ottawa counterpart Stephanie Auger allowed five goals on 26 shots.
Both teams had some good chances in the first period. For one, Ottawa centre Kayla Hottot almost capitalized on a bad giveaway from ConU defender Gabrielle Meilleur and forward Fannie Desforges tested Doyon-Lessard twice.
For the Stingers, Shannon O’Reilly and right-winger Erin Lally welcomed some great opportunities to score on Auger.
Ottawa came out strong at the start of the 2nd period—until centre Samantha DeLenardo was called for tripping barely two minutes in. Stingers centre Alyssa Sherrard took full advantage of the ensuing powerplay by opening the scoring, recording her second point of the season.
Concordia gained confidence throughout the rest of the game, with its offence picking up the pace and its defence, despite a shaky start, appearing more energetic.
However, Ottawa tied the game 22 seconds into the 3rd period with Hottot’s wrist shot finding the top right corner.
The Stingers quickly regained the lead with captain Mallory Lawton scoring her first of the year on a short-handed breakaway.
ConU dominated the scoring for the rest of the game, even though they were outshot 17-9 in the third. While centre Catherine Rancourt and right-winger Hayley Boyd scored their first goals of the season, Lally notched her fourth on a pass from Emilie Bocchia during a power-play chance with just four minutes left.
Frustration began to boil over for Ottawa, as defender Amber Foster bodychecked Stinger Alexandra D’Ambrosio hard into the boards at 9:08 of the third. While Foster was administered a 2-minute minor penalty for the check, D’Ambrosio was out for the remainder of the game.
Lawton couldn’t fully comment on the hit to D’Ambrosio, but he was told that she might have a head injury.
“Our first period was pretty strong, and [in the] second period they picked up the pace a little bit,” said Lally. “We talked in the dressing room and we just wanted to leave it all on the ice in the third period, and we did just that.”
The Stingers go on the road next weekend, as they face the Carleton Ravens on Oct. 23, before their rematch with Ottawa on Oct. 24.
This article originally appeared in Volume 31, Issue 10, published October 19, 2010.