OLDS- On November 23 the NAIT Ooks (9-2-0) managed to take down the Olds College Broncos (4-7-2) by a score of 3-1 thanks to two timely goals late in the third period.
The win puts NAIT within one point of first place Grant MacEwan with one game remaining before the holiday break.
Cassidy Holt got the scoring started just five minutes into the game. After possessing the puck for the first portion of the period, Carlin Boey took a pass in her skates that she couldn't control as Holt flew into the offensive zone. Hard on the fore check, Holt took the puck away and ripped a wrist shot past Karlee Fetch to open the scoring.
The Ooks had an answer early in the second. Skating hard, the Ooks took advantage of the ill-advised Broncos line change. With the puck cleared, Julia Wing hustled to collect the puck and made a beautiful deep pass to teammate Cass Lyttle. Lyttle took the puck in on the right wing and sent a far side shot go that beat Hartland to equal the score.
Hartland and Fetch were each tested often in the second, with each of the 10 Broncos shots through two periods being on quality chances, as the teams went into the rooms tied at one.
Neither team would find twine again until late in the third when Carlin Boey showed off her imperssive skill-set. Breaking in with speed, Boey passed the puck off to teammate Verca Kuzelova who gave it right back to a fast skating Boey in front. The quick passing play caught the Olds defense sleeping as Boey put in a beauty for the game-winner.
Just a minute later Kendra Hansen came into the zone on a two on one. Hanson took her time loading up a clapper and put it short side of Hartland to ice the game.
Hartland played an excellent game in net for the Broncos, stopping 34 of 37 shots faced, looking composed. Meanwhile Karley Fetch, the league leader with a 1.14 GAA, stopped 16 of 17 shots in the win.
The teams will reconvene on Saturday night in Edmonton with puck drop slated for 6:00 PM.