UPEI Panthers defenceman Laura Bradley looked like a pro scoring the game-clinching goal Sunday in a shootout against Mount Allison.
It was the Mount Stewart native’s first time participating in a shootout.
“I was pretty nervous,” she said outside the team’s dressing room. “The closer I got to the net I realized I had to do something.”
She went backhand to beat the Mounties goalie and send the Panthers home with a 3-2 victory in front of 187 fans at MacLauchlan Arena.
The Panthers’ first shooter, Christina Kelly, made no mistake. She came down the right wing, cut to the middle, made a move and beat the goalie.
“I really work on it a lot in practice, so it’s kind of like routine to me now,” she said. “Usually, I just try to keep a clear mind and go in without any butterflies in the stomach.”
The Panthers dominated the game for long stretches, but were unable to cash in on good scoring chances. The Panthers outshot the Mounties in each period, including 11-2 in the second period and the 10-minute four-on-four overtime.
Meghan Corley Byrne made 43 saves in the loss while Marie Soleil Deschenes made 15 saves for the win.
“There was definitely pressure because we all felt like we really deserved to win,” Kelly said. “We really had a lot of chances that we didn’t capitalize on.”
Deschenes said it was nice to get the victory after watching her teammates play so well in front of her.
“It’s amazing,” she said. “They worked so hard for the two points.”
The Panthers scored goals in the first two minutes of both the first and second periods.
Olivia Doughart scored 1:18 into the first period while Bradley tallied on the power play 43 seconds into the second period. Keirstin Visser, Ashley Fitzpatrick, Courtney Stewart and Jocelyn Dougan drew assists.
Morell’s Emily van Diepen tied the game at 4:09 of the third to force overtime.
Chelsea King scored the Mounties’ other goal in the first period.
Both Mount Allison goals came on the power play.
Bradley said it was a key victory as the teams were tied for the last playoff spot after losing 2-0 Saturday in Sackville, N.B.
“Yesterday the effort just really wasn’t there,” Kelly said of Saturday’s game.
The Panthers (4-6) host St. Thomas (8-2) Wednesday at 7 p.m. and then are off until Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Halifax for games with Saint Mary’s and Dalhousie, respectively.