By Melissa Milonow
BRAMPTON, ON ??? The Brampton Thunder defeated Team Alberta, 4-1, in CWHL action Monday afternoon to win two meetings in the three game series at Victoria Park Arena.
The Thunder shut out Alberta 2-0 on Saturday night, while Alberta edged Brampton 3-2 in a shootout on Sunday.
???The Brampton Thunder took 5-of-6 points against a very well coached Alberta team,? says Interim Head Coach Pat Cocklin. ???The three game stand allowed the Thunder to work on their team game and fine tune several parts of their game.?
Thunder captain, Jayna Hefford, and rookie Laura McIntosh led the team in scoring this weekend as Hefford had three goals and two assists while McIntosh scored one goal and added five helpers.
Florence Schelling earned her second shutout of the year, Saturday night, stopping all 22 shots she faced. Schelling is currently third among CWHL goalies with a save percentage of .901.
Brampton peppered Jillian MacIsaac with 38 shots, as Tara French and Hefford found the back of the net in the victory.
In Sunday?۪s rematch, Brampton took an early 2-0 lead on goals from Hefford, but Alberta managed to tie the game up on goals from Tara Watchorn and Tia Hanson in the second and third period, respectively.
Meaghan Mikkelson had the winner, earning her the first star of the game, as Alberta squeaked by Brampton in the shootout.
Hefford?۪s five-point weekend moved her into a tie for third in CWHL league scoring with 13 goals and 13 assists in 18 games.
Liz Knox got the start between the pipes in Monday?۪s game, where she stopped 12 of the 13 shots she faced. MacIsaac allowed four goals on 26 shots in the Alberta net.
Gillian Apps had two goals in the victory, good enough for second star honours, while McIntosh had a goal and three assists earning her the game?۪s first star. Sarah Moe also scored for the Thunder.
Brampton was 1-for-13 on the power play while Alberta scored one goal on five chances with the man advantage.
McIntosh?۪s six-point weekend moved her into a tie for fifth in league scoring with 5 goals and 17 assists in 18 games.
???Overall it was not a bad weekend, we continue to grow as a team and there will be ups and downs as we get acclimated to new systems, and prepare for the Clarkson Cup,? says General Manager Jody Katz. ???The next three weeks will be very interesting, as there could be a lot of movement in the standings, and because of that games will be intense and filled with emotion.?
Brampton?۪s next two games are home to the first place Boston Blades; March 2 at 6:50 pm and March 3 at 2:05 pm.
Brampton is 1-1-0 against Boston this season and 3-2-2 with the home ice advantage.
The meeting will see six Canadian National Women?۪s Team members (including four Olympic gold medalists) and one Swiss National Women?۪s Team member face off against 10 American Olympians.
???The Thunder is expecting a tough series against the team from Boston who sit in first place in the standings,? adds Cocklin. ???The Boston team is very quick and skilled, and we are expecting it to be a great opposition to help hone our skills for our quest for the Clarkson Cup.?
Tickets are $10 online or at the door and children under the age of seven are free with a paid adult. Team photographs will be on sale at both events for autograph sessions following the games.