Cougars advance to ACHA semifinals
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The Assiniboine Community College Cougars have reached the final four at the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 2 women’s national championship tournament in Marlborough, Mass.
They finished first in Pool C with a 3-0 record after cruising to a 7-0 win over the Adrian College (Mich.) Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon.
It was another impressive performance by the two-time defending national champions, who have found the net 22 times in three games and have yet to give up a goal.
“That’s likely not going to last, but it’s been a total team effort from the girls so far,” Cougars head coach Tony Bertone said.
“The forwards are doing a great job on the backcheck and our defence and goalie are doing their job in our end of the ice.”
Simone Turner once again led the way on offence for the Cougars with three goals and two assists, while her linemate Aidan Roberts lit the lamp three times and picked up an assist.
“They are always talking on the bench with (linemate) Emmalie (Thompson) and the three of them are always cycling the puck to find opportunities for one another,” Bertone said.
“It’s all about communication and they know what they need to do in order to execute plays and create scoring chances.”
Payton Malchuk had two assists for the Cougars, who also got a goal from Madison Haliuk and a 13-save performance from Geneva Penner.
Julianna Johnson started the game in goal for the Bulldogs (0-3) and made 36 saves in 40 minutes of work before giving way to Hannah Taylor, who stopped nine shots in the final frame.
ACC return to action at noon Sunday against the Northeastern Huskies, who finished first in Pool A with a 3-0 mark.
Both schools played each other in last year’s semifinal in St. Louis, with the Cougars coming out on top by a score of 5-3.
The winner of that contest will face either the Dakota College at Bottineau Ladyjacks or the Sault College Cougars in Monday’s final, which starts at 9:30 a.m.
Waywayseecappo’s Trinity Tanner and Neepawa products Jaida Chartrand and Macy Winther all scored for the Ladyjacks on Saturday in their 8-1 win over the Villanova Wildcats.
ICINGS: Minnedosa’s Callie Maguire scored two goals for the Midland (Neb.) Warriors on Saturday as they skated to a 4-1 win over the McKendree (Ill.) Bearcats in an ACHA Women’s Division 1 quarterfinal matchup. Boissevain’s Gillian Gervin helped the Minot State Beavers advance to the final four as she found the back of the net in a 3-1 victory over the Maryville (Mo.) Saints … Brandon’s Troy Hamilton and Silverton’s Landyn Cochrane both scored for Minot State as they opened up the ACHA Men’s Division 1 tournament with an 8-0 triumph over the Michigan-Dearborn Wolverines on Friday. … The Dakota College at Bottineau Lumberjacks are 0-2 in pool play at the ACHA Men’s Division 2 tournament. Leighton Holstein and Tyson Pringle of Boissevain both scored for the team in their 3-2 loss to the UMass Minutemen on Friday.
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