Thunderhawks Women's Hockey Team Successful in Minnesota

(October, 31 2012) - 

The Confederation College Thunderhawks women’s hockey team opened with a 3-1 win over Minot State University in its first game of the Rainy River Community College Can-Am Tournament in International Falls, Minnesota on Friday night. Crystal Duhaime opened the scoring with a nice deflection from a Kylie Cornell slap shot. Devin Bemben scored to give the Thunderhawks their second goal off a nice cross-crease feed from Courtney Easton. Thunderhawks captain Amber Butler got the insurance marker...

The Thunderhawks faced a tough opponent in the Manitoba Women’s Junior Hockey League Predators and, despite entering the third on even terms, went down to defeat 6-2 in the squad’s second game. Confederation College was down two goals with 7:45 left in the second period when Devin Bemben scored, assisted by Crystal Duhaime. Bemben returned the favour a minute and forty-three seconds later, passing to Duhaime who shot a laser over the right shoulder of the Predators’ netminder.

The Thunderhawks team rolled over the Michigan State University Spartans this morning with a 5-0 win in the team’s third and final game. While the score was tied at zero after the first period, the Thunderhawks completely dominated the shot count over three periods of play, outfiring the Spartans 33 to 3. Terrace Bay’s Sarah Campbell made a couple of key saves early in the match and earned the shutout. Team captain, Amber Butler notched the first Thunderhawks’ marker, she also scored the fourth goal. Others scoring goals were by Dryden’s Kristen Bartlett, Fort Frances' Courtney Easton and Thunder Bay’s Devin Bemben. Fort Frances’ Jessica Taggart contributed two helpers; Savanna Gamache, Kyley Engstrom, Courtney Easton and Kristen Bartlett also earned assists.

Notable accomplishment: Thunderhawks’ own Kylie Cornell won the hardest shot in Saturday’s skills competition. Cornell, well known for a rocket of a slap shot, fired a 67 mile-per-hour shot right into the heart of the net. She beat out the nearest competitor by eight miles per hour.

Confederation College was 2 (wins) and 1 (loss) for the weekend. Based on the three-game format, the overall tournament winner will not be known until all tournament games have been played (estimated at 5 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday).