Olds College Sports Information
October 11, 2018
OLDS, Alta. - The Macewan University Griffins continued their perfect start to the 2018-19 season, as the reigning ACAC champions bested a game Olds College Broncos squad 2-1 in a shootout at the Town of Olds Sportsplex on Thursday.
Dominique Scheurer had the lone goal in the shootout for the Griffins (3-0-0), her shot squeaking by the pad of Broncos goaltender Victoria Eilers.
Shyla Jans scored in regulation for Macewan, while Sandy Heim was solid when needed in goal, making 15 saves.
Mairyn Tucker replied for the Broncos (0-0-1), while Eilers stopped 40 shots in a sensational ACAC debut, many of which came on high-quality chances as she stifled the Griffins for the majority of the night.
After a scoreless first period, the game opened up on both sides in the second, with the Griffins looking to seize momentum early on. However, Eilers was there to make a number of key saves to keep the game scoreless.
Olds College struck first, as Tucker redirected a Shauna Johnson pass past Heim to give the Broncos a one-goal advantage. Despite the Griffins upping the pressure, the Broncos kept their lead through 40 minutes.
Macewan continued applying pressure throughout the third period, finally breaking through seven minutes into the period as Jans took the puck off the end boards and threw the puck on net, beating Eilers through the five-hole to level the score.
Both teams had opportunities in the late going, but nobody could find the back of the net through the end of regulation, nor in the two overtime sessions. In particular, Eilers stood on her head as Macewan pressured in the extra frames, keeping the puck out with a number of solid saves.
Olds' best chance at the extra point came as Hanna Wadlegger broke in on Heim late in the first overtime session, but a good defensive play from Kyrelle Skoye kept the Broncos off the board.
Neither team capitalized on its powerplay opportunities, as the Griffins went scoreless in seven opportunities, while the Broncos were unsuccessful on five opportunities.
The Broncos and Griffins will face off again in Edmonton on Saturday, with puck drop set for 6 p.m.
Players of the Game
GMU - Jenna Thompson
OC - Victoria Eilers