Red Deer, AB – The visiting SAIT Trojans had their power play working Saturday evening against the RDC Queens. Connecting twice with the extra skater, the Trojans edged the Queens 3-2 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
Less than two minutes from the drop of the puck, the RDC Queens hit the scoresheet. Abby Fonteyne's point shot was blocked by a SAIT defenceman, but the puck found Jessi-Lynn Sumaling in the slot. The second-year Bachelor of Arts Psychology student fired it past Trojans netminder Cassidy Brown's glove.
Thirty-six seconds into the second period the Trojans scored the tying goal. On the power play, a Queens' clearing attempt hit a body in front and trickled behind RDC goaltender Madison Fox. Emma Wheeldon was credited with the unassisted goal.
With only 0.1 seconds left in the stanza, SAIT capitalized on the power play again. Off an unpredictable bounce off the boards, the puck squirted out front to Emma Wheeldon who shoveled it across the line, giving the visitors a one goal edge (2-1).
Less than five minutes into the third period the Trojans added another marker. From the top of the circle, captain Tashel Scantelbury wired a shot past Fox's glove.
The RDC Queens' power play went to work moments later, reducing the deficit. On the Queens' 21st shot, Avery Lajeunnesse corralled a puck that ricocheted off the post, and deposited it behind Brown's outstretched stick.
Queens Head Coach Kelly Coulter pulled Fox for the extra attacker with 2:06 remaining, but the home team couldn't find the equalizer.
Jessi-Lynn Sumaling was recognized as the Collegiate Sports Medicine Queens Player-of-the-Game. Emma Wheeldon received the award for the Trojans.
The Queens outshot the Trojans 30-13.
The RDC Queens went one-for-three on the power play. The SAIT Trojans were successful on two out of seven tries.
On Friday, January 10, the RDC Queens (9-2-1-0) will compete against the MacEwan University Griffins in Edmonton at 7:00 p.m. At the same time, the Trojans will host the NAIT Ooks.