2019 Esso Cup

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2019 Esso Cup
Game #13
Preliminary
Final
April 25, 2019 12:00 pm EDT
Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex
Sudbury, Ont.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
10
13
5
28
13
10
6
29

Statistics

PP
PIM
0 / 1
10
1 / 5
2

Game Story

SABRES IMPROVE PLAYOFF POSITIONING BY BLANKING SLASH

QUINTON AMUNDSON

SUDBURY, Ont. – Megan Warrener made 28 saves, and Marisa Valla produced a goal and an assist to lead the Stoney Creek Sabres to a 4-0 shutout win over the St. Albert Slash on Thursday at the 2019 Esso Cup.

With the win, the Sabres have clinched a spot in the semifinals. They will wait for the conclusion of prelim play to find out who and when they play on Friday.

The loss drops the Slash into fourth place – it will have to beat the No. 1 seed on Friday to keep its three-peat hopes alive at Canada’s National Female Midget Championship.

The Stoney Creek victory also officially eliminates Halifax and Québec from semifinal contention.

The Sabres hunger to improve their playoff standing translated into a 3-0 lead before the game was 14 minutes old. Raelene Verbruggen put her team in the driver’s seat with a blue-line wrist shot at 2:59, Grace Bellamy slammed home a rebound from the slot at 7:07 and Tessa Holk scored on the power play with a backhand at 13:06.

St. Albert pulled starting netminder Brianna Sank after she allowed three goals on eight shots. Holly Borrett was solid the rest of the way, allowing just a single goal on 14 shots.

Stoney Creek outshot St. Albert 13-10 in the first period, but the Slash reversed that shot count in a second period where they worked feverishly trying to close the gap on the scoreboard.

The Sabres, though, kept them goalless by playing a disruptive brand of hockey that emphasized sound positioning and active stickwork.

Valla plunged St. Albert into a 4-0 deficit with a shot from the top of the left face-off circle that dribbled past Borrett with 7:45 left in the middle frame.

The Slash was smothered again by the Sabres’ defensive structure in period three; St. Albert could only generate five shots over the final 20 minutes.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Raelene Verbruggen

Assists: Marisa Valla, Tiana Faccio
02:59
GOAL
Goal: Grace Bellamy

Assists: Vanessa Upson
07:07
PENALTY
Penalty: Jenna Goodwin
Hooking (2:00)
12:19
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Holly Borrett

13:06
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Tessa Holk

Assists: Alex Ferguson
13:06
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Alicia Juras
Hooking (2:00)
02:25
PENALTY
Penalty: Isabelle Lajoie
Slashing (2:00)
10:02
GOAL
Goal: Marisa Valla

Assists: Lauren Messier
12:15
PENALTY
Penalty: Makenna Schuttler
Cross-Checking (2:00)
14:29
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Allison Reich
Hooking (2:00)
02:41
PENALTY
Penalty: Jaidia Pisani
Interference (2:00)
10:05

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GAA SV%
Holly Borrett STA 46 21 20 1 0.952
Brianna Sank STA 13 8 5 3 0.625
Megan Warrener SCS 60 28 28 0 1.000

Game Leaders

GA 1 - SVS - 20 - SV% - 0.952
GA 0 - SVS - 28 - SV% - 1.000
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

4 - 1 W @ Sudbury Lady WolvesSUD
Apr 27, 2019
3 - 2 W vs. Saskatoon StarsSAS
Apr 27, 2019
2 - 1 W @ Saskatoon StarsSAS
Apr 26, 2019
0 - 5 L @ Sudbury Lady WolvesSUD
Apr 26, 2019
0 - 4 L @ Stoney Creek SabresSCS
Apr 25, 2019
4 - 0 W vs. St. Albert SlashSTA
Apr 25, 2019
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2019 U17: WHT 3 – BLK 2 (Game 6)
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2019 U17: BLU 9 – RED 1 (Game 4)
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