Saturday’s game looked like it would go to the Blazers – leading 2-1 for majority of the game – but Acadia would come back to tie it.
“Seems like we’re getting a whole lot of ties lately, it seems to be our thing – a tie and a win each weekend,” said Blazers captain Karine Meunier-Pelletier. But we played [well even though] we didn’t get as many shots as we wanted [and] it was a bit of a scramble.”
The first period saw the first three goals of the game. Brittney Carroll would take a shot from the slot, putting the Blazers on the board, followed by a goal from teammate Sasha Mooney with a shot from the point and then a rebound with an assist from teammate Meunier-Pelletier.
Acadia would answer the goal with one of their own from Maddie MacKenzie when Acadia came in on the left side and took the initial shot. The Weak side winger, Mackenzie, picked up the rebound and put it in.
Goalie Hale Dickinson would make a nice glove save with two minutes left in the first, keeping UNB in the lead.
Elisabeth Thomas looked like she was about to further the gap for UNB, but Acadia’s goalie would make the block and keep them in the game.
In the third period, Acadia’s Sam Hawes got a huge breakaway from the blue line, giving them an opportunity to score, but she would be unable to control the puck and would skate past the net. Trying to recover, she brought it around and pushed it in front of Dickinson, but Meunier-Pelletier would take it and push it down the ice.
The second would remain scoreless.
“We’ve always been the top two teams in the league, and it’s the rivalry,” said Acadia’s head coach Dave Ettinger. “CBU is good, and Holland College is good, but us and Andy’s team, we really like playing each other – we match up really well, I think.”
Acadia’s Sam Hawes would tie the game with three minutes left in the third, after a huge scramble in front of the net gave her an opportunity to put it past Dickinson. The score would remain 2-2 for the rest of the game.
“I think once they tied it was just trying to keep it up and keep the momentum going, and try to score and get a quick one,” said Meunier-Pelletier. “So we changed our lineup and that’s why we called a timeout. It was really just pressure it all to the net.”
Despite a poor start, Ettinger said he was happy with how the rest of the game played out.
“After the first period I think our club won the second and third period and tied it up in the third, so pretty happy,” said Ettinger.
Acadia outshot the Blazers 14-13 after their first two weak goals “we were just getting our legs, I thought they played a lot better,” said Ettinger.
The Blazers and Acadia University played again Sunday, with Acadia winning 3-1. Mooney scored UNB’s lone goal.
“We’re always pumped to go on the ice; anxious to beat them,” said Meunier-Pelletier.