It was a tough opening weekend for the SAIT Trojans women’s hockey team, as they took an overtime victory (5-4) and a crushing loss (7-0) against the NAIT Ooks.
The action kicked off on Oct. 19 at the SAIT Arena, with the next game 24 hours later in Edmonton.
The home opener was intense, with the Trojan’s taking a 3-0 lead in the second period in the span of two minutes and 18 seconds.
Trojan rookie defenceman Cora Sutton would hit the back of the net to make it 4-0 SAIT on a powerplay in the third period, leaving the impression that the Trojans had the game in the bag.
The Ooks came back with a vengeance, however, scoring three goals within 65 seconds.
“I never thought for a second that (NAIT) wouldn’t get a goal, and that we would win 4-0,” Trojans head coach Terry Larson said afterward.
“We knew they could come back. They have a lot of firepower, and a lot of experience.”
Trojan Becca Glackin was the hero of the game, scoring a shorthanded goal 2:09 into overtime to win the game for SAIT.
“I wanted it really bad. I wanted us to finish with the two points tonight, and we really needed that,”
“We’re a young team, and I felt that getting a win to start the season was vital for us.”
Saturday night saw the Trojan ladies in NAIT’s territory, and the Ooks were out to get back at the Trojans for stealing their victory the night before.
NAIT goaltender Emma Cooley stopped 19 shots in the shutout.
Larson could not help but to be disappointed in his team.
“You come in the dressing room afterward, and basically you have to tell them: You played terrible. You didn’t play your game,” he said.
“I mean, the schedule in this conference is made up entirely of back-to-back games. You can’t play one night and go to sleep the next.”
The Women of Troy aimed to put the past behind them against the MacEwan University Griffins, with the two-game set beginning on Oct. 26 at Edmonton’s Confederation Arena, and concluding on Oct. 27 at SAIT Arena.