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UPEI hockey bats .500 on the road in Atlantic university hockey

The UPEI Panthers play in the Atlantic University Sport.
The UPEI Panthers play in the Atlantic University Sport. - Contributed

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - The UPEI Panthers hockey teams split weekend Atlantic University Sport action Saturday as the men beat the Dalhousie Tigers 5-4 in a shootout while the women lost a close 2-1 decision to the St. Thomas Tommies.

In Halifax, N.S., Cody Payne scored the lone goal in the shootout to secure the win.

Dalhousie had a 4-1 lead after two periods on goals from Chandler Yakimowicz, Connor Welsh, Alex Pawelczyk and Duncan MacIntyre, countered only by Kameron Kielly (1-1).

Then third-period scores from Filip Rydstrom, Owen Headrick (1-2) and Gabe Guertier brought UPEI back to even at 4-4 and sent it into the extra frame.

Nothing changed and in the shootout Payne connected on Dal goalie Reilly Pickard while Matthew Mancina stopped Welsh, Yakimowicz and Aiden Jamieson. 

The Panthers outshot Moncton 42-35. UPEI improved to 12-11-3. Dal went to 6-19-1.

Meanwhile in Fredericton, N.B., Mariah Carey and Alisha Gilbert scored in the second period and goalie Abby Clarke stopped all six shots she faces in the third and the Tommies cemented the comeback win.

Jolena Gillard, from Leah Byrne and Rachel Colle, gave UPEI a 1-0 lead going into the second frame.

Clarke stopped 22-of-23 shots for the win, while Camille Scherger kicked aside 27-of-29 attempts in the loss.

Gilbert had the game’s only power-play goal. 

UPEI dropped to 11-11-1. St. Thomas upped it record to 19-4-1.

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