Lady Huskies trump Aces

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The Durham Lady Huskies dealt the Stratford Aces their first loss of the playoffs on Sunday at the Dog Pound with a hard fought 7-3 victory in the opening game of the Southwestern Ontario Women’s Hockey League (SOWHL) finals.
The Aces opened the scoring at 5:24 of the first period. The Lady Huskies woke from their slumber and responded one minute later to even the game when Brooklyn Irwin bulged the twine, assisted by Kaley Tienhaara and Natalie Franks.
That goal ignited their offence with Tienhaara scoring, from Kristen Nixon and Rachel Davis, to put the Lady Huskies up 2-1. And with 1:30 left in the first period, Emily Martz increased the lead to 3-1 when she pumped one home from the slot, assisted by Irwin and Nixon.
The second period was scoreless and remained that way for almost 10 minutes of the third period when both teams exploded and combined for six goals in the last five minutes of the game.
The Aces made it interesting after killing off a penalty when they snuck in behind the Lady Huskies defence for a break away to narrow the gap to 3-2.
Durham dug in and regained their two-goal lead 11 seconds later when Sara Lynch hit the scoresheet, assisted by Martz and Avery Rowe. Tienhaara notched her second of the game 16 seconds later for a 5-2 lead, with Irwin and Randi Aldcorn assisting. The Lady Huskies pounced 1:16 later on the Aces when Lynch slid a backhand along the pond to make it 6-2, assisted by Nixon and Jess Pellegrino.
The Aces didn’t fold and made it 6-3 with 2:49 left in the game.
Lynch completed her hat trick with 2:20 remaining when she tapped one home from in tight, with Aldcorn and Rowe drawing assists.
Micaela Stutzki was in the cage for the Lady Huskies and played solid again to pick up the win.
The Lady Huskies are in Stratford on Saturday, March 7 at 8:15 p.m. and could win the SOWHL “B” championship with a win on the road.

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