In a feisty contest, the Calgary White Hawks and St. Albert Blades tied 2-2 in their challenge to go top of the standings in the Alberta Hockey Bantam Female A Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial. In the first of their two games on the closing day of the Round Robin stage, the White Hawks went ahead immediately from the opening face-off with an unassisted goal scored by Mikayla Lui.
The Hawks lead was held through the second period that showed plenty of pressure on the net by the Calgary forwards but no goals.
Five minutes into the final period, the Whitehawks were penalized for too many men. The Blades took full advantage of their opportunity with Juliann Sherbeth finding a way past goalie Sophie Lajeunesse. The St Albert team scored again after 14 minutes with a well-timed shot, hit hard and high by Sophie McKinley.
With less than a minute remaining, St. Alberts’s Julianna Giacobbo was penalized for body checking. The White Hawks pulled their goalie and with a six on four advantage hustled the puck past Layla Hood’s right pad.
A tied game, 2-2 putting St. Albert into top position with six points. That may be temporary, however, depending on the outcome of the game coming up later today between Calgary and Okotoks. To be continued…