PrintPrint

Gold Wings top Lady Wolves in Esso Cup opener

The Canadian Press

4/20/2014 5:43:28 PM

HAMILTON, Ont. -- Jenica Whitrow scored the winning goal with less than two minutes remaining in the third period as the Weyburn Gold Wings opened the Esso Cup women's hockey championship with a 2-1 win over the Sudbury Lady Wolves on Sunday.

Kari Shell opened the scoring for the Lady Wolves (0-1-0-0) with a power-play goal 5:13 into the first period.

Madison Solie tied the game at 14:57 of the second period before Whitrow scored the winner for Weyburn (1-0-0-0) at 18:07 of the third.

Cassidy Pirlot assisted on both Weyburn goals.

Jane Kish made 25 saves for Weyburn, while Stephanie Pascal stopped 21 shots for Sudbury.

Later Sunday, Jessica Healey scored the only goal of the game at 15:51 of the third period as the Edmonton Thunder edged the Fraser Valley Phantom 1-0.

Tracie Kikuchi made 34 saves to earn the shutout for Edmonton (1-0-0-0).

Valencia Yordanov was just as impressive, making 32 saves in a losing cause for Fraser Valley (0-1-0).

In Sunday's late game, Claire Merrick scored two goals and assisted on another as the host Stoney Creek Sabres downed the Moncton Rockets 8-1.

Stephanie Ayres also scored twice, and Jessica Brown, Victoria Klimek, Sarah Nelles and Theresa Woodland added goals for the Sabres (1-0-0-0). Hannah Miller stopped 14 shots for the victory.

Hayley Hallihan replied for Moncton (0-1-0-0) and Brianne Waterman made 42 saves.