Dec 16, 2019 | Sportsgate | 160 views
Weekend Win Puts JRs in Second Place
The JR's, who lost games to the Burlington Barracudas and Etobicoke Dolphins on Nov. 29 and Dec. 1, respectively, stormed back into action after a week off from league play by topping the defending playoff champion London Devilettes 2-1 on Friday night, tying the Southwest Wildcats 2-2 on Saturday and blanking the Bluewater Hawks 4-0 on Sunday.
The five points left the Ice Wolves (15-4-2-1) in second place in league standings, two points behind Etobicoke and three ahead of the Toronto Aeros. Kingston has played one more game than Etobicoke and two more than Toronto.On Sunday, JR's goaltender Maggie Emerson stopped 28 shots in her fourth shutout of the season and forward Alexa Pongo figured in all four of her team's goals — scoring twice and adding two assists — as Kingston gained the victory despite being outshot 28-15. Pongo, who is fourth in the league in goals with 13, scored twice in the first period and then drew assists on Tatum White’s second-period marker and a third-period tally by Kiara Zanon. She also had a pair of points in Kingston’s 2-2 tie with Southwest, meaning she has figured in the past six goals Kingston has scored. White collected three points on Sunday while Zanon had a pair. Zanon leads the league in goals (22), assists (22) and points (44). Her goal and point totals are both Ice Wolves single-season club records. She broke the goal record in late November and went into Sunday's game tied with Alexa Hoskin’s 42 points from last season for the team record. Zanon is only five assists behind Hoskin for most helpers in a season. On Saturday, Taryn Jacobs scored with just 1:28 left in the third period to tie the game for Southwest, 2-2, and send the game into overtime. Pongo had given Kingston a 2-1 lead with an unassisted goal at 14:34 of the third. Southwest got its first goal from Brooke Campbell early in the first period before Sarah Roger knotted the scoring in the second, with Pongo drawing an assist. Kingston goaltender Amelia Van Vliet made 34 saves in the tie. The Ice Wolves outshot Southwest 37-36.On Friday, Madison Cronkwright scored a goal at 6:11 of the second period to tie the game 1-1 and then assisted on Rebecca Thompson’s game-winning goal 2:14 later as the JR's topped London. Roger assisted on both goals. Emerson made 32 saves as Kingston was outshot 33-23. The Ice Wolves conclude the 2019 portion of their schedule with a home-and-home set against the Ottawa Lady Sens this Saturday and Sunday, at 12:15 p.m. in Ottawa and 12:30 p.m. at the Invista Centre, respectively.