New Brunswick 2 – Prince Edward Island 5
Halifax, N.S. – It was a battle of the Maritimes at the Halifax Metro Centre on Monday afternoon, but in the end Prince Edward Island claimed bragging rights, with a 5-2 win over New Brunswick.
For the first half of the game, the two rival provinces traded goals, with Prince Edward Island putting it past the goal line first on a power play. Forward Samantha Sweet (O’Leary, P.E.I.) scored the goal at 7:55 in the first, with assists going to Katherine Johnston (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) and Katie Parkman (Stratford, P.E.I.).
But after not being able to get on the scoreboard throughout the first, forward Anissa Gamble (Fredericton, N.B.) got New Brunswick into the game just 45 seconds after stepping onto the ice after intermission, on a pass from Taylor Dale (Oromocto, N.B.). Just over a minute later, Emily Taylor (Stratford, P.E.I.) scored on a power play to make it 2-1 Prince Edward Island.
The action up-and-down the ice continued throughout the second, with both goals and penalties going back-and-forth, as both Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamsis, N.B.) and Shannon MacAuley (Mount Herbert, P.E.I.) scored on power plays. But Taylor got her second of the night, and widened the gap to 4-2 for Prince Edward Island by the time the period was up.
Sweet scored her second of the game and sealed the deal at 13:11 in the third, giving Prince Edward Island the hard fought for victory in this Atlantic Canadian face-off. P.E.I. plays Quebec at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Halifax, while New Brunswick takes on the Yukon at 11:30 a.m., also at the Metro Centre.