Goaltender Shanna Dolighan was in mid-season form as the Laurentian Voyageurs women's hockey team opened their pre-season schedule Sunday afternoon at home, facing the Ottawa Gee Gees.
Now she just needs to rest of her team to catch-up.
While Dolighan was busy turning aside 48 of the 52 shots that she faced in an impressive performance, the L.U. skaters could only muster 20 shots of their own in the direction of the Ottawa tandem of Jennifer Walker and Aurelie Dubuc, with the visitors doubling the Voyageurs 4-2.
The game remained scoreless after twenty minutes of play, despite the fact that Ottawa outshot L.U. 22-4 in the opening stanza, before Sophie Gareau finally broke the ice at the 4:28 mark of the second period.
Morgan McCann (LU) and Marimée Parent (OTT) would trade markers before the end of the frame, with Gabrielle Jex pulling Laurentian even, making no mistake on the breakaway attempt at 6:57 of the third.
In the end, a Sudbury connection would come back to bite the Voyageurs as Taylor McGaughey pounced all over a loose rebound on the power play, burying the disk into the empty-net, with Christine Deaudelin adding an insurance goal less than two minutes later.
Laurentian is back in action on Saturday, October 5th, travelling to North Bay to face the Nipissing Lakers. Coach Darren Turcotte and company defeated the Gee Gees 5-2 this past Saturday, before the Ottawa crew continued on their way to Sudbury.
Ice Chips: Though Laurentian currently has no former Sudbury Lady Wolves players on their roster, Ottawa is seemingly a destination of choice, with twins Meagan and Taylor McGaughey both dressed for the Sunday encounter, defenceman Kailey Lapensée sidelined with an injury, and third year midget Taylor Scott set to join the Gee Gees next year.