OSHAWA, Ont.- With a crowd of 250 fans at the Campus Ice Centre last Friday night, the arena was full of excitement as the UOIT Ridgebacks women¹s hockey club team took to the ice; the Ridgebacks defeated the Lions 3-2 in their first home game.

The energy in the building was electric as the team came out of the tunnel and onto the ice for the first time. \"It was a great vision of what to expect when the puck drops in 07\" said assistant coach Scott Barker. The first period was back and fourth with both teams creating some great scoring opportunities but the Lions opened the scoring on a break away goal by Mandy Cole. The Ridgebacks took control of the game after allowing the first goal.

In the second period, the Ridgebacks out shot the Lions 16-6 taking advantage of the penalty trouble that York found themselves in. At 15:08 Melissa Bell (1st Year ­Health Science) scored on a rebound in front of the net; Bell showed great reaction, as the rebound shot right off the York goalie and she was able to backhand the puck in the bottom of the right hand corner. The Ridgebacks first goal was set up by centre Amy Moulton and defensemen Cheri Ostroski who both played solid all game. As the game continued the Ridgebacks were gaining momentum as most of the play was in the York end and UOIT wingers took advantage creating scoring chances.

One minute into the third period on a lead pass from Jen Jarvie, Chrissie Tereshyn flew into the York zone and made a beautiful drop pass to Melissa Bell who riffled a wrist shot into the top corner to take the lead. At 8:15, York began to pinch and apply pressure desperate for the typing goal; Dorothy Aniuk picked up a loose puck at the side of the net and managed to tie the game at two. The tenacious Ridgebacks were determined to give the home crowd something to cheer about and with three minutes left to go in the game, Melissa Bell completed the hat trick when she scored her third goal of the game on a bad angled shot from behind the York net giving the Ridgebacks the victory.

Up next for the Ridgebacks is another home exhibition game on Saturday January 20th, 2007 at 8pm against the Carleton Ravens.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
York 1 ­ UOIT 0: Mandy Cole (unassisted), 18:15
2nd Period
York 1 ­ UOIT 1: Melissa Bell (Amy Moulton, Cheri Ostroksi) (PP), 15:08
3rd Period
York 1 ­ UOIT 2: Melissa Bell (2) (Chrissie Tereshyn, Jen Jarvie), 19:23
York 2 ­ UOIT 2: Dorothy Aniuk (Amy Attas, Michelle Guy), 8:15
York 2 ­ UOIT 3: Melissa Bell (3) (unassisted), 3:16

Shots: York 42 ­ UOIT 15

Goaltender Saves
York: ­ Megan Slumski - 27 saves
UOIT: Melissa Scott ­ 31 saves

(Source: Angela Cull, UOIT Sports Information and Marketing Officer)
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