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Nepean Wildcats pounce 3-2 on Ottawa Valley Thunder

By Celina Ip

Ottawa Valley Thunder's Keysha Two-Axe McMullin races with the puck as Nepean Wildcat's Rachel Derksen follows from behind.

Ottawa Valley Thunder's Keysha Two-Axe McMullin races with the puck as Nepean Wildcat's Rachel Derksen follows from behind.

PEMBROKE - 

 The Ottawa Valley Thunder were extinguished 3-2 by the Nepean Wildcats at their opening game on Saturday.

 

Taking place at the Pembroke Memorial Centre (PMC), the peewee girls hockey teams took to the ice for the first game of the season.

The Wildcats were the first on the scoreboard as they swiftly took control of the puck and shook off the Thunder’s defensive attempts.

At the seven-minute mark, Wildcats’ Sophia Shepherd netted the first goal of the game (with an assist from Charlotte Counsel) which was quickly followed up by point from teammate Molly Kay (assisted by Meadow Hunter).

With only a few minutes to go, and Thunder still sitting at null, the Wildcats solidified a 3-0 lead thanks to Amanda Uriarte (assisted by Counsel).

Moving into the second period, the Thunder demonstrated greater focus and grit as they defensively stepped into action and blocked any of the Wildcats’ further attempts.

With the Wildcats sitting at 3-0, it wasn’t until the final two minutes that the Thunder unexpectedly shot past their opponents and fired home two goals (Tatum Ogilvie assisted by Arianna Robinson and Avery Foy assisted by Ayla Lammi) to bump the score up to 3-2.

With a single point separating the two teams, the girls made their best attempts to overpower their opponents but the Wildcats were too quick on their feet.

As the clock ticked away, the Wildcats prevailed and secured their 3-2 win as the final buzzer sounded at game’s end.

Despite the early setback, head coach Chris Pleau remained confident about what was ahead for his team.

“We were down 3-0 but came back to make it 3-2, just couldn't get that last goal to tie the game up. Overall, it wasn’t too bad for the first game and it could have gone either way,” said Pleau. “It's our first game as well, so we'll go back and work on our defensive skills and reinforce what they did well.”

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