The Stoney Creek Junior Sabres have punched their ticket to the PWHL Final Four tournament with a 2-0 shutout victory in Cambridge Monday night. The Sabres’ swept the Rivulettes in three straight games to take the series.
Alternate captain Laura Crowdis got things started for Stoney Creek late in the first period. With Camebridge’s Shelby Wood in the penalty box for hooking, Crowdis put the puck into the net with a power play goal at 10:17 of the period. Mallory Young picked up an assist on the play. Stoney Creek held Cambridge back from evening the score through the next two periods, with Sarah Hine adding an empty net goal at 19:31 of the final frame to finish off the game.
Stoney Creek led Cambridge in shots through the game, outshooting the Rivulettes in each frame. The final shot tally in the game had the Sabres doubling the Rivulettes in shots 30-15.
The shutout was goaltender Sarah McDonnell’s third of the playoffs. McDonnell only let in a single goal during her four games.
Stoney Creek is now undefeated through the playoffs, sweeping both of their series in three straight games. In that stretch Stoney Creek has ourscored their opponents 29-5. Forward Rachael Smith leads the Junior Sabres with 11 points, including six goals through the six games. Fellow forward Kayla Vespa also has six goals through the playoffs.
The playoff effort has truly been a team effort, with every player (aside from the two goalies) picking up a point in the first six games.
The PWHL Final Four takes place from the Gateway Ice Centre in Stoney Creek from March 27th – 29th. The other three teams have yet to be determined.