Queens earn win over Trojans as power play clicks

Keinyn Nordell (9) assisted on Murrell's game winning goal. Photo - Tony Hansen
Keinyn Nordell (9) assisted on Murrell's game winning goal. Photo - Tony Hansen

Brent Forster - RDC

Saturday in Calgary, the Red Deer College Queens faced the SAIT Trojans and special teams played a large role. The Queens connected twice on the power play and earned a 4-1 road victory. 

The RDC Queens struck first in the opening period. On the power play, Catherine Longchamps beat Elisha Oswald and gave the Queens a 1-0 lead at 11:41. Jade Petrie and Cassidy Anderson had the assists.

At 6:14 of the middle frame, McKenzie Meek, of the Trojans, evened the contest 1-1 on the power play but the Queens responded less than 4 minutes later. Julia Murrell  scored at 10:31. Keinyn Nordell and Kaely McMurtry picked up the helpers. Julia Murrell picked up her second goal of the game 1:27 later. At 11:58, the Early Learning & Child Care Diploma student found the back of the net to push RDC ahead 3-1. Jade Petrie recorded another assist.

At 17:20 of the third period, Landry Derdall connected on the power play to give the RDC Queens a 4-1 edge. Jordyn Burgar and Emily Lougheed assisted on the marker. Both goaltenders shut the door the remainder of the game and the Queens earned a 4-1 road win.

Queens Hockey Head Coach Kelly Coulter was pleased with the road effort. "It was a very solid 60 minutes of hockey from everyone tonight. Our veterans played an excellent and determined game," said Coulter. "Julia Murrell had an outstanding game with two goals and our power play was very good tonight."

The RDC Queens connected on 2-of-4 power plays. The Trojans went 1-for-3 with the extra skater. 

Jade Petrie was named the player-of-the-game for the Queens and the Legal Assistant Diploma student had a pair of assists. Keely Somers earned the award for the Trojans.

Over 60 minutes, the Queens outshot the Trojans 31-19. Tracie Kikuchi was solid in the Queens' net and she stopped 18 out of 19 shots (0.947). Elisha Oswald turned aside 27 out of 31 shots (0.871).

The third place RDC Queens (12-5-5-0) have only a pair of games remaining in the regular season. Thursday, February 15, the Queens will host the first place NAIT Ooks (16-3-1-0) at the NexSource Centre in Sylvan Lake at 7:00 p.m. The Queens will compete against the Ooks two days later in Edmonton. The top four teams in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women's Hockey will qualify for the playoffs. The RDC Queens lead the fourth place Olds College Broncos by 16 points and trail the second place MacEwan University Griffins by only 2 in the standings.