X-Women close out Tigers in dramatic finish

StFX X-Women move onto the Subway AUS hockey final after sweeping the Dalhousie Tigers.

The StFX X-Women ended the Dalhousie Tigers’s season Thursday night with a 3-1 win at the Halifax Forum. The X-Women won the Subway AUS best-of-three semi-final series 2-0.

StFX senior forward Alexa Normore jammed in a rebound past Tigers goaltender Jessica Severyns to open the scoring at 6:29 into the first period. Heather Tillsley and Schyler Campbell tallied assists on the play.

It wasn’t long before Dalhousie’s Lisa MacLean answered back with a blistering slap-shot that beat the league-leading goaltender Sojung Shin.

The X-Women controlled the play for the majority of the second period. League-leading scorer Normore was tenacious on the puck and overpowered many of Dalhousie’s defensemen.

“She is a great player,” said Tigers defencemen Rachel Carr.

“She was hard to contain all night. Her and her line-mate Schyler Campbell work very well together. They are two special players.”

In the second period, after an onslaught of shots and minutes of the Tigers being hemmed in their own end, Sarah Bujold sent Daley Oddy in on a partial breakaway, where she displayed a dazzling set of hands and tucked in a slick backhand past Jessica Severyns.

The X-Women led 2-1 heading into the final minutes of the third period.

In desperation, Tigers coach Sean Casey pulled Severyns in an attempt to tie it up.

But the X-Women’s size and strength prevailed, and with 47 seconds left in the game, senior forward Kara Power out hustled the Tigers’s defence and buried the puck into the open net to solidify the lead.

The X-Women edged the Tigers 3-1.

Shots on goal were 31-25 in favour of the X-Women.

Despite sweeping the series, StFX coach Ben Berthiaume was glad it was over.

“Dalhousie was relentless,” said Berthiaume.

“They were a very hard working team. It was a tough series.”

The X-Women will go on to play Moncton in the Subway AUS championship.

Lisa MacLean battles for puck possession after a face-off. (Photo: Connor Currie)