Brampton had a great power play early in the third with Sommer West off for slashing. They had a few good, low shots from the points and moved the puck well but the Aeros managed to kill it off and Kendra Fisher was there when needed in the Beatrice goal.
There was no scoring in the third.
Overall on this night, the Thunder showed that they were willing to challenge the Aeros physically, and had their chances late in the game on the power play. Unfortunately for them, the Aeros got the jump on them early and after getting the first two goals, never really allowed Brampton back into the game.
The crowd was treated to an exciting, rough contest, with many odd-man rushes. Normally this means two on ones or three on twos, but tonight it meant breakaways, and plenty of them. The goaltending was solid for Beatrice and a bit suspect for Brampton, but the bottom line is that your goaltending is generally only as good as the play in front of it. Beatrice’s forwards were committed in all three zones, with the wingers, notably Annie Desrosiers and Sommer West, applying a lot of the pressure down low and also playing a strong positional game. The Thunder forwards needed a wake-up call for their back checking and their wingers’ play without the puck. They got that call on this night.
These two teams meet again next Monday October 22 at the IceGardens – a date to mark in your calendars. If their first meeting of the regular season is any indication, it’ll be a dandy.