The Stoney Creek Junior Sabres were fresh off the University Showcase weekend and opened their regular Provincial Women’s Hockey League campaign at home over the weekend. The girls came away with a 1-1 record on the opening weekend recording a shutout on Friday night before being kept off the scoreboard themselves on Saturday.
A pair of goals courtesy Sarah Nelles and Kenedy Choma led the Sabres to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Burlington Barracudas despite some undisciplined play. The Sabres recorded five penalties during the contest while Burlington kept off of the referee’s radar. A solid performance from Sabres’ netminder Jaimie Rainville and some strong work on defense helped keep Burlington off the scoreboard. Stoney Creek outshot Burlington 31-24.
Stoney Creek got into some penalty trouble on Saturday night as well but it was an even strength goal from Cambridge’s Taylor Trussler at 3:33 of the third period that turned the tide in a 1-0 shutout loss as the sticks of the Rivulettes. The Sabres couldn’t find a hole in the defences of Cambridge’s netminder Kaitlyn Booth who turned away all 26 shots from Stoney Creek. Sabres’ Amanda Rampado made 14 saves on 15 shots between the pipes for the Creek.
The Sabres will pay Burlington a visit at the Mainway Arena on Tuesday night at 7:40pm before returning home to Gateway Ice Centre on Saturday afternoon for a matinee contest. The Aurora Panthers will take to the ice in Stoney Creek starting at 3:35pm.