Rattlers pull out win with Banged up squad

The Medicine Hat Rattlers welcomed the Augustana Vikings who were both playing the second game in as many days. A Banged up Rattlers squad saw Starting goalie Amanda Oevering on the bench to start the game, suffering from a head injury the night before. A few Rattlers starters had some bumps and bruises from the game before. The Game started with the Vikings dictating the play and moved the ball up into the Rattlers end. The Rattlers made a Huge team save on an open net opportunity. Both Dakota Adby and Kaylei Hole came up with huge saves and kept the score sheet blank. The Rattlers seemed to create all their opportunities on the counter attack. The quick counter punch from the Rattlers seemed to be their best opportunity to create scoring chances. Augustana Vikings seemed to employ a slower methodical approach to their offense. The Vikings forward Kara Strange continued to push the Medicine Hat back line. As the game settled in to the later minutes of the half, the teams looked much more even as the ball spent more time back and forth rather than deep in one end. As the half ended the teams remained deadlocked at 0.

The second half started with some early pressure from the Vikings forwards. All the shots came from outside and were handled easy by the Rattlers Keeper. The Rattlers started to pressure the passes and the ball much better as the half moved past 10-12 minutes. The Rattlers were able to generate some more pressure in the Augustana but were unable to convert this pressure to scoring chances. As the half moved past the midway point, the Rattlers started to look tired and were unable to generate much offence as earlier. With 10 minutes left in the game, the Rattlers earned a trip to the penalty spot on a good drive. Jadyn Fode converted on the chance and gave the home side a small lead. the Vikings started to push hard to get the equalizer. The Rattlers Atlanta Evis earned a yellow card on a hard challenge from behind. The Vikings used this and generated a free kick just outside the box. Missing high and wide the Rattlers were able to hold their one goal lead in to the last minute of regulation. Augustana continued to apply pressure, with the Rattlers failing to clear the game entered injury time and the Vikings had one last  really good chance on a corner firing the ball over the net. The Rattlers held on and were able to hold on to their first win of the season.

The ACAC Players of the game were Abby Gisi or Augustana and Goaltender Shelby Adbi for the Rattlers.