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The John Abbott Islanders women’s hockey team played their 6th game last Friday night versus Lenoxville, a team who have yet to be beaten in regulation. John Abbott, before this game, stood at an inconsistent 1-2-1 record but had reason to believe being at home in front of a packed Macdonald Arena would change this trend.
In the 1st period, Lenoxville came out ready to play as they were putting all the pressure on the Islander net, but goaltender Victoria Bakopanos stood tall. With this momentum the Islanders got the first goal! Lenoxville did manage to tie up the game at 1-1 late in the period.
John Abbott came out of the locker room completely rejuvenated. The Islanders got an early goal to take back the lead. Later in the period, Lenoxville took advantage of a 2 on 1 rush to tie the game at 2-2. Nonetheless, John Abbott overcame the tough, and sometimes not completely legal, hits to take a 3-2 lead going into the 3rd.
During the 3rd period, the Islanders did a good job limiting the strong Lenoxville offence but a penalty with only 40 seconds left in the third period allowed Lenoxville to tie the game up at 3-3.
The overtime solved nothing. After 7 rounds of the shootout, the Islanders scored to seal the upset.
The Islanders will take this momentum to Lionel-Groulx this weekend to try and push their record to 3-2-1 for 4th in the division.
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol.49 Issue 07 on December 4th, 2019