Women’s hockey in second place after successful month

James MacKenzie, Photo.

The SAIT women’s hockey team finds itself getting few shots, but a lot of goals.
After earning three of eight points over the last two weeks against the NAIT Ooks and Grant MacEwan Griffins, both from Edmonton, the team is second in the ACAC with a 3-2-1 record.

After team captain and all-time leading scorer Tonya Faasse graduated last season, one-third of the offensive production went away. But coach Terry Larson said he’s trying to replace her with several players who can do the same thing.

“We have a lot good chances but we just couldn’t finish this week. It will get better with their confidence going up. That’s what we’re working on developing. We haven’t had a lot of shots but have scored quite often this season.”

Fourth-year Medical Laboratory Technology student Melanie Vincent and first-year business student Andrea Ehr-mantraut both scored twice on the weekend for the Trojans.

“(Ehrmantraut) is a hard-nosed player who works hard all the time. I expect a lot from her and Alyssa (Taylor), who finds the open ice and can shoot the puck on the top line for us,” said Larson
Larson says during last weekend’s game against NAIT the team played well as a unit, but kept hitting “the owl,” a reference to the NAIT goaltenders jersey.

Along with Faase leaving, both goaltenders from last season graduated as well. Their absence has opened up spots for Chelsie Lowe from Swift Current, Sask. and Tehnille Gard from Yellowknife, N.W.T, both of whom have given up only 14 goals in six games.

“We’ve been outshot a lot lately and they’ve both held us in those games,” said Larson.
“They both have losses under (their) belts but now they can both go out and win some games for us.”

The Trojans get back into action on Nov. 12 at home at 7 p.m. and Nov. 13 with a two-game showdown against the reigning ACAC champion Mount Royal University. The Cougars lead the conference with a perfect 6-0 record.

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