2018 Esso Cup

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2018 Esso Cup
Game #6
Preliminary
Final
April 23, 2018 7:00 pm AT
Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre
Bridgewater, N.S.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
6
6
4
16
16
12
18
46

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 2
4
0 / 2
4

Game Story

SLASH EXPLODE ON OFFENCE, BLANK METRO TO STAY PERFECT

JASON LA ROSE

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – Vanessa Verbitsky and Tyra Meropoulis led the way with two goals apiece, and the St. Albert Slash pulled away in the final 40 minutes to earn an 8-0 win over Metro Boston Pizza to finish play Monday at the 2018 Esso Cup.

The Slash scored seven unanswered goals in the last two periods to stay perfect, and post their third shutout in four games, dating back to their run to the national championship last year.

Verbitsky finished with two goals and an assist, Alexis Butz and McKenzie Hewett had a goal and a helper each, and Taylor Anker chipped in with three assists.

Metro goaltender Kaelyn Budden was the story early on, making 15 saves in the first period, but the 16th shot came off the stick of Verbitsky, who knocked in the 1-0 goal with just 8.6 seconds left in the opening frame.

Anker did the work on the second goal, going coast to coast before finding Butz in front just past the three-minute mark of the second period, and Meropoulis deposited her own rebound at 8:55 to make it 3-0.

Verbitsky notched her second of the game before the middle stanza was done, rifling a quick shot off the back crossbar and out to send the Pacific champions to the dressing room up by four.

The third period was all St. Albert, as it outshot Metro 18-4.

A little bit of tournament history extended the lead to six; Isabelle Lajoie beat Budden on a one-timer in the slot at 4:46 of the third, and Hewett went to the far side right off the ensuing face-off, making it two goals in seven seconds.

That beat the previous record of 12 seconds, set by the Fraser Valley Phantom in 2012.

The Hewett goal spelled the end for Budden, who allowed six goals on 34 shots before giving way to Brooke Bennett.

Meropoulis converted the St. Albert touchdown with her second of the game at 7:21, batting in a bouncing puck in close, before Mackenzie Butz got a shot through traffic and past Bennett to finish the scoring with four minutes left.

Next up for the Slash is a showdown with fellow unbeaten Saskatoon on Tuesday afternoon (3:30 p.m. AT), right before Metro takes on the Brampton Canadettes (7 p.m. AT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Allie Norris
Hooking (2:00)
10:39
GOAL
Goal: Vanessa Verbitsky

Assists: Taylor Anker, Kiah Vail
19:51
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Alexis Butz

Assists: Taylor Anker
03:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Tyra Meropoulis
Slashing (2:00)
06:40
GOAL
Goal: Tyra Meropoulis

Assists: Madison Willan, Taylor Anker
08:55
PENALTY
Penalty: Mackenzie Butz
Hooking (2:00)
13:15
GOAL
Goal: Vanessa Verbitsky

Assists: McKenzie Hewett, Robyn Short
17:09
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Isabelle Lajoie

Assists: Makenna Schuttler, Robyn Short
04:46
GOAL
Goal: McKenzie Hewett

Assists: Vanessa Verbitsky
04:53
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Brooke Bennett

04:53
GOAL
Goal: Tyra Meropoulis

Assists: Jayme Doyle, Taylor Anker
07:21
PENALTY
Penalty: Jillian Duggan
Tripping (2:00)
12:10
GOAL
Goal: Mackenzie Butz

Assists: Alexis Butz
15:56

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GAA SV%
Kaelyn Budden HST 44 34 28 6 0.824
Brooke Bennett HST 15 12 10 2 0.833
Brianna Sank PAC 60 16 16 0 1.000

Game Leaders

GA 6 - SVS - 28 - SV% - 0.824
GA 0 - SVS - 16 - SV% - 1.000
Goals 0 - Assists 4 - Points 4
G 0 - A 4 - P 4
Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - P 3

Previous Games

1 - 3 L vs. Pionnières de LanaudièreQUE
Apr 26, 2018
2 - 1 W @ Saskatoon StarsWST
Apr 28, 2018
0 - 6 L @ Saskatoon StarsWST
Apr 25, 2018
2 - 1 W vs. Brampton CanadettesONT
Apr 27, 2018
3 - 4 L vs. Brampton CanadettesONT
Apr 24, 2018
6 - 2 W @ Brampton CanadettesONT
Apr 26, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 U17: SWE 4 – CAN-R 3 SO (Bronze Medal)
Raymond scored the lone goal in the shootout to give Sweden bronze.
2018 U17: RUS 2 – FIN 1 (Gold Medal)
Gushchin and Kokhanin scored to give the Russians a fourth U17 gold.
2018 U17: RUS 6 – SWE 4 (Semifinal)
Ponomaryov had 2G 2A to help the Russians reach the gold medal game.
2018 U17: CZE 2 – USA 1 (7th Place)
Mysak had a goal and an assist to lead the Czechs to seventh place.