Women's hockey Panthers season ends in triple overtime

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UPEI Panthers forwards Lyndsay Oakes and Olivia Doughart look for a rebound in front of Moncton goalie Gabrielle Forget Friday in Charlottetown.

Epic only tells part of the tale in the Moncton Blue Eagles 2-1 triple overtime playoff victory against the UPEI Panthers on Friday in Charlottetown.

Almost five hours after the Atlantic University Sport women's hockey quarter-final began, Moncton forward Amélie Dion snuck a shot past UPEI goalie Marie-Soleil Deschenes with 30 seconds remaining in the third extra frame.

The goal moved the Blue Eagles into the AUS semifinals with 2-0 sweep in the best-of-three series. Moncton won 2-1 in double overtime in Game 1.

"We worked so hard. So hard to lose that way. We were mentally ready. We really gave it our all," said Panthers captain Ferran Brown, teary-eyed after the game. "We have to hold our heads high. It was one hell of a game, but unfortunately we got the (bad) end of it. It's definitely a game I'll never forget."

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UPEI opened the scoring in the first period on a goal by O'Leary's Samantha Sweet off a sweet feed by St. Teresa's Laura Bradley at 4:06.

It was one hell of a game, but unfortunately we got the (bad) end of it. It's definitely a game I'll never forget. Ferran Brown, UPEI Panthers captain

Moncton replied in the second period and tied game 1-1 on Natacha Bergeron's scramble goal in front of Deschenes. Bergeron had the game-winner in Game 1.

From there, Deschenes and Moncton goalie Gabrielle Forget took over.

Deschenes made 41 stops including several close-in shots and one breakaway in the second period. The Panthers also killed off a Blue Eagles 5-on-3 advantage in the second overtime.

Her counterpart with Moncton was just a spectacular stopping 44 shots. Forget also stopped a breakaway eight minutes into the third overtime which could have ended the game in UPEI's favour.

Now, the Blue Eagles move on to face Saint Mary's in the semis. But Dion wasn't thinking about that, just about her goal and the her legs.

"Dead, very dead," Dion said about her legs. "I talked to my teammate Kate (Gallaway) and she said if you get the puck just sent the puck on the net. It was amazing. (My) most amazing game."

Gallaway is from Stratford.

Organizations: Panthers, Atlantic University Sport

Geographic location: Moncton

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