Lakers advance to Round 2 thanks to shutout win

Photo by Brian Doherty
Photo by Brian Doherty

NORTH BAY, Ont. - That's how you cap off a comeback.

The Nipissing Lakers women's hockey team advanced to the second round of the OUA McCaw Cup Playoffs with their second straight 3-0 shutout victory over the Ryerson Rams Sunday night at Memorial Gardens.

The Lakers won the series 2-1, winning back-to-back games after dropping Game 1 at home Wednesday afternoon.

Nipissing got off to a great start, getting on the scoreboard just 3:12 into the first period.

Maria Dominico finished off a pretty passing play, tucking the puck into the corner of the net after starting the give-and-go with linemate Jade Gauthier, who threaded the pass through the Rams defenders.

Nipissing went up 2-0 after a great shift and tonnes of pressure.

Kaley Tienhaara was on the doorstep and slid the puck into the net to double the Lakers lead after almost two minutes of time in offensive zone.

Sam Strassburger and Bronwyn Bolduc picked up assists.

After a scoreless second period, the Lakers capped off the victory with a power play goal in the third period.

Strassburger, who now has back-to-back two point games, redirected a Jetta Derenoski pass into the net to make it 3-0.

That was more than enough for rookie goalie Danika Ranger, who now has two straight shutouts.

She finished with 18 saves, as Nipissing outshot Ryerson 22-18 overall.

The Lakers will now face the Queens Gaels in Round 2.

Game 1 goes Wednesday night in North Bay, with Games 2 and 3, if necessary, set for the weekend in Kingston.

Source: Nipissing Lakers