The Portage Collegiate Saints put their best foot forward tonight in their final home game of the regular season.
The Saints fell 5-3 against the Dakota Lancers in a game that saw PCI lead with less than ten minutes to go. Head coach Jo-Anne Clark-Gillespie says their opponents really had to earn this win, and that hasn't always been the case this season.
"The last couple of times we played this team, we had players going around us like we were standing still. You didn't see that today," Clark-Gillespie explains. "We're working on a little bit more structure on our forecheck, and you could see it. This is the right time of the year for things to start coming together as we head toward the real season (playoffs)."
Taylor Klaassen opened the scoring for the Saints in the first period, and Ashlen Pierrepoint picked up a pair of goals in the second. Ella Harkness, Olivia Grimeau, and Alexis Waldner all dished out an assist in the contest.
The Saints have five games left to play in the regular season. Clark-Gillespie describes what she wants to see from the girls down this final stretch of the season.
"Getting ready to play mentally, focused from the first drop of the puck, all three lines having a good first shift, and our goaltender getting comfortable. When we start games with them going down on their first shift and scoring on their first shot, it puts you behind the eight ball," Clark-Gillespie continues. "We got away from our game in the last few minutes but I knew they were going to come at us hard. We're really proud of the girls today."
The Saints will look to get back in the win column on Wednesday when they hit the road to Winnipeg for a meeting with the Westwood Warriors.