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Sabres earn two PWHL victories in weekend action

Team improves to 9-4-2-2

The Stoney Creek Junior Sabres skated away with two Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) wins last weekend.

The Junior Sabres beat the Leaside Wildcats 4-1 last Saturday on the road, after defeating the Bluewater Hawks 3-1 last Friday at home.

Sabres 4, Wildcats 1

The Sabres opened the scoring at the 2:20 mark of the first period, when Caitlin Wallace banged in a quick pass from Rosie Heffernan in the slot with Madison Brown earning the other assist. The Sabres coughed up the puck at the Wildcats blue line and surrendered the lead less than a minute later on a scramble in their own end.

Sarah Quaranta put the Sabres back on top 10 seconds into the second period, when she fired a rebound in while falling down, after Wallace and Heffernan had created the opportunity.

The Sabres added to their lead at the 3:22 mark of the third period, when Devon Morrison rushed the puck into the Wildcats zone, fired a hard shot at the net and converted on her own rebound. Olivia Atkinson picked up the assist. The Sabres sealed the deal less than 30 seconds later, when Madison Field snapped a shot through the Wildcats goalie’s legs off a nice feed from Sarah Nurse. Sydney McKibbon earned the second assist.

Taylor Cook got the victory in the Sabres’ net, stopping 11 and 12 shots.

Sabres 3, Hawks 1

The Hawks opened the scoring at the 1:56 mark of the second period, when the Sabres gave up a breakaway goal after getting a shot blocked in the Hawks red zone. The Sabres got even on a power play at the 11:13 mark of the second, when Field snapped in a quick shot from the slot. Nurse and McKibbon picked up the assists.

The Sabres scored their second power-play goal at the 3:05 mark of the third period, when McKibbon snapped a wrist shot into the top corner from Nurse and Field. The Sabres made it 3-1 at the 4:40 mark of the third, when Brown’s point shot found the back of the net. MacAuley Carr and Atkinson earned the assists.

Brittany Smrke picked up the win in the Sabres’ net, turning away 21 of 22 shots.

The Sabres are 9-4-2-2 and occupy ninth place in the 20-team PWHL.

The team will battle the Southwest Wildcats Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Valley Park Arena.

 

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