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Akwesasne Women Wild Win Again

 

Alicia Thomas taking a shot on net with Madison O'Reilly waiting for the rebound. All photos by Joe Francis.

The Akwesasne Wild are in great shape to repeat as Champions. Last weekend at the Benson Centre they extended their undefeated season to 19-0 with a 7-1 win over Moon Ray.

The Wild struck first – Jenna Merpaw redirecting a shot from Madison O'Reilly to make it 1-0.

Merpaw had a few chances to add to the score early in the game as she held onto the puck zig-zagging behind the Moon Rays net, but could not get the puck out front.

The first period ended 1-0 but the Wild had a beautiful chance to score as a player got the puck past Moon Ray's goalie Kerrin Robertson, but teammate Melanie Pilon swiped the puck out of the empty crease.

The middle frame saw Akwesasne chances increase as they had a 2 on 1 rush, but fell short. Teesha Mitchell intercepted a Moon Ray's clearing pass, but went up high over the net.

Wild goalie Britney Laplante was busy on the other end. She stopped a breakaway point blank of Julie Gagnon but a miscue late in the period saw the visitors tie the game. She went to poke check a Ray's 2 on 1 rush but lost her edge and the loose puck was picked up by Pilon to tie the game – and provide the only goal scored against the Wild in their last three games.

Their previous games were 9-0 and 5-0 shutouts.

Wild Goalie Brittany Laplante making a save.

In the final two minutes of that second period the Wild put the game away with back-to-back goals 12 seconds apart.

Merpaw and O'Reilly scored those two to close the second period 3-1.

The Moon Rays were short-handed with seven skaters to the Wild's full bench and the third period saw 4 unanswered Akwesasne goals from Merpaw (2), Thomas and Krysten Ezard.

Assists during that four-goal blitz were from Krystal Peters, Alley Bero, Josee Daze and Mitchell.

The Wild have three more games in the season including one this Sunday at the Benson Centre at 3:00pm vs. the CGCH Lady Stars.

The Wild are presently ranked in the top five in the Ontario Women's Hockey Association standings near the end of the season and their Championship game for the NCWHL will be on April 4 in Ottawa.

 

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