Red Deer, AB - The Red Deer College Queens and NAIT Ooks were deadlocked after sixty minutes but the Queens stuck with their game plan, eventually connecting in overtime to seal a 3-2 home victory.
Both goaltenders, Miranda Cook and Kaitlyn Slator shut the door in the first period.
Julia Wing scored on the power play in the second to give the Ooks an edge at 3:50. Then Queens' forward Camryn Wallan took over. At 7:12, the Bachelor of Education Elementary student beat Slator after being set up by Kaely McMurtry and Ashley Sutherland. Just over 10 minutes later, Wallan scored her second of the frame to provide RDC a 2-1 lead. Mariah McKersie had the lone assist.
With 7:45 left in the third, NAIT's Megan Leblanc found the back of the net to knot the contest 2-2, eventually sending the game to four-on-four overtime.
As the first five minutes of overtime was winding down, Queens' defenceman Catherine Longchamps found herself on a breakaway. The second-year from Deux-Montagnes, Quebec scored high on Slator's blocker side with only 24.2 seconds left, helping the Queens earn a 3-2 home win.
Catherine Longchamps was selected as the Queens Player-of-the-Game, with the overtime winner. Julia Wing earned the honour for the Ooks, recording the opening goal.
Miranda Cook was sharp in net, stopping 28 out of 30 shots (0.933). Slator made 18 saves.
On Saturday, the third place Queens (7-8-2-0) will travel to Edmonton and challenge the Ooks (13-2-2-0) at 6:00 p.m.
Make Some Noise for Mental Health
RBC has played a significant role advocating for mental health initiatives, including their involvement and sponsorship of Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference's (ACAC's) Make Some Noise for Mental Health. Encouraging a conversation about mental health and helping to reduce the stigma are some of the goals of the campaign. With finances often a stressor for college students, RBC made a generous $1,000 donation to help RDC students become more knowledgeable about their finances and improve their financial literacy with a dinner and seminar that RBC will host.