Jan 27, 2020 | Sportsgate | 25 views
Travelling Hockey Show
January 27, 2020: Sportsgate HOCKEY: The recent Kingston Jr.'s travelling hockey show has wrapped up. And what a success it was. Having played nine of their past 10 Provincial Women’s Hockey League games since Dec. 13 away from their Invista Centre den, the Ice Wolves won six times and chalked up a couple of ties to pick up 14 of a possible 18 points in those nine contests and stay in the race for a top-three finish in the standings.
They also threw a Dec. 22 home-ice win into the mix, upping the success string to 16 of a possible 20 points in their past 10 games. The most recent performances — a 4-3 victory over the Mississauga Jr. Hurricanes on Sunday that followed a 4-0 win over the Toronto Aeros on Saturday — resulted in the Ice Wolves leapfrogging over the Aeros and into second place in league standings. With nine games left on the JR's’ schedule — six of which will be played on home ice — they trail 1st place Etobicoke by eight points with two games in hand.On Sunday in Mississauga, the teams were tied 3-3 early in the third period before Ice Wolves defenceman Madison Corbett notched the game winner at 7:26, presenting Kingston with its fourth win in five road games in January (it tied the other).Tatum White, Alyssa Proderick and Kiara Zanon netted the other Kingston goals. Zanon’s goal was her team-record 27th of the season and kept her comfortably in front in the league’s scoring race with 53 points, also an Ice Wolves single-season high. The second-place point gatherer in the league is Brianna Brooks of the Durham West Lightning, 16 points behind. Zanon is one assist shy of tying Alexa Hoskin’s single-season team record in that category, 27, set last season.On Saturday, Kingston goaltender Maggie Emerson made 24 saves while collecting her league-leading sixth shutout of the season and breaking Alexa Gibson’s franchise single-season record, set last season, in the process. Emerson has surrendered just six goals in her last 10 appearances, nine of which were starts.Emerson is currently tops in the league in save percentage, at .954, and second in goals-against average, at 1.09. Her numbers in those two categories put her in excellent shape to break more team records, as Gibson’s 1.40 GAA and .943 SV% record last year are the previous best.Emma Campbell scored what proved to be the game-winning goal just 3:02 into the first period. Chihiro Suzuki handled the rest of the scoring, netting a goal later in the first period and then two more in the third for her first career multi-goal game. Zanon and Alexa Pongo chipped in with three assists each. Pongo is second on the team in points with 32 (14G, 18A).