Last weekend the Whitecaps traveled to Strathmore Alberta Canada to play the Rockies in a three game series. Game one and two were held at the Strathmore Family Center with plenty of fans in the stands. The game started off with Gigi Marvin scoring an unassisted goal while the Whitecaps were shorthanded. Scoring next for the Whitecaps was Meaghan Pezon with assists from Briana Jentner and Winny Brodt. Strathmore scored the next two goals at the beginning of the second period. From the power play Whitecaps forward Megan McCarthy scored the go ahead goal from Marvin and Jentner. Toward the end of the game the Whitecaps went on another power play where Marvin scored with an assist going to Allie Thunstrom. With 9 seconds left in the second period Pezon scored a shorthanded goal ending the second period Whitecaps up 5-2. Starting the third period Strathmore scores their third and final goal of the game while Marvin, Stech and Thunstrom rack up 3 more goals for the Whitecaps leaving the score Whitecaps 8, Rockies 3. Shots on goal were 50 against Rockies goaltender Amanda Squire and 21 against Whitecaps goaltender Sanya Sandahl.
Strathmore came out in a defensive mode in game two keeping the Whitecaps to one goal in the first period. Capitalizing on Strathmore’s four first period penalties Christina Lee sliced in a power play goal from a pass by Allie Thunstrom and Allie Sanchez. Starting the second period up by 1 goal Whitecaps Gigi Marvin scored a shorthanded goal with the assist going to goaltender Kim Hanlon. Four minutes later Whitecaps Allie Thunstrom found the back of the net after catching a pass from Chelsey Brodt and Allie Sanchez. Strathmore answered back with a quick goal from Jamie Teichman getting Strathmore on the board. Less than twenty seconds later Whitecaps forward Amy Stech pounded one in giving the lone assist to Megan McCarthy. It was time for the Whitecaps defense to get into the scoring action on the power play as Allie Sanchez found the inside post with assists going to Meaghan Pezon and Kelli Blankenship. Strathmore had a turn for a power play which twas a scoring opportunity for Tonya Faasee leaving the score at the end of the second period as Whitecaps 5 and Strathmore 2. Strathmore jumped out strong for the first goal of the period from Kelsey Webster. Third period play was riddled with penalties as the Whitecaps Allie Thunstrom capitalized on another power play goal with assists going to Briana Jentner and Gigi Marvin ending the game with the final score of Whitecaps 6 Strathmore 3. Shots for the game were 43 on Strathmore goalie Carli Clemis and 37 on Whitecaps goalie Kim Hanlon.
Sunday’s game was bright and early in the morning at 8:30 am at the Edge School Ice Arena. Strathmore scored first five minutes into the game with a goal from Tonya Faasse. Just a minute later Whitecaps Megan McCarthy taped one in with the assist going to Amy Stech. Half way through the game Whitecaps Amy Stech’s slapshot hit the back post with assists going to Meaghan Pezon and Megan McCarthy. Strathmore tied it up 2 a piece with their next goal from forward Taryn Peacock. Two minutes left in the period Gigi Marvin finessed her way to an unassisted goal ending the period with the Whitecaps up 3-2. At the beginning of the second period the Whitecaps came out strong with Allie Sanchez hammering one in giving the assist to Gigi Marvin. Less than a minute later Gig Marvin found the back of the net after the cross ice pass from Christina Lee and Allie Thunstrom. Rockies forward Michelle Glendining scored at the end of the second period giving Strathmore their third goal of the game. The third period started with the Whitecaps up 5 to 3 and they were ready to put this game away. Gigi Marvin’s speed and agility found her another shorthanded goal which was her third for the series. Shots were firing from the Whitecaps and at the 7 minute mark Allie Thunstrom caught a pass from Gigi Marvin and Kelli Blankenship and whipped it into the net giving the Whitecaps a 7-3 lead. Twenty seconds later Blankenship found Thunstrom who sneaked one in. Minnesota was still firing on all cylanders when Sanchez fired one in giving assists to Marvin and Chelsey Brodt ending the game giving with the final score of Whitecaps 9 and Strathmore 3. Shots on the Rockies goaltender Carli Clemis were 51 and shots on Whitecaps goaltender Sanya Sandahl were 39.
Next up for the Whitecaps is the home series with the Strathmore Rockies. Friday, Feb 4, 7:00 pm at Victory Memorial Ice Arena. Sat, Feb 5, 7:00 pm at Fogarty Ice Arena and Sun, Feb 6, 12:30 pm at Graham Arena in Rochester. Whitecaps t-shirts will be available and the players will be available for autographs after each of the games.