Tables turned on women's hockey

Gaels briefly hold top spot before being upended

Western defeated Queen’s 4-1 on Saturday night.
Western defeated Queen’s 4-1 on Saturday night.
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Less than 24 hours after they claimed the top spot in the OUA, women’s hockey saw themselves humbled with a loss. The Gaels fell 4-1 to the Western Mustangs on Saturday, a night after picking up a 4-1 win over the Windsor Lancers.
 
The Gaels were outmatched on Saturday night against Western, falling behind 3-0 after two periods and mustering a lone goal in the third off the stick of Katrina Manoukarakis.
  
 The bright spot of the weekend was Friday’s win, though Holmberg felt there was still work that could’ve been done over a lesser opponent. 
 
“I wasn’t really happy with our first two periods,” he said. The Gaels were only up 1-0 after 40 minutes of play against the Lancers, who came into the game with a single victory on the year. 
 
“I wasn’t feeling like we brought the same intensity we brought last weekend.” 
 
Eventually in the third period, Addi Halladay, Taryn Pilon and Nadia Larocca found the back of the net, putting the Gaels in the driver’s seat for the remainder of the game. 
 
 “We were just going to the net however we could,” Holmberg said.
He praised Queen’s goaltender Caitlyn Lahonen for her work on the night, as she made 33 saves in the win.
 
“[She] was there to keep us in the game until we were able to find our offence,” he said. “It was a tight one. I give everyone credit for working hard.”
 
The Gaels have the chance to redeem themselves this weekend as they travel to Western on Friday before playing at Windsor on Saturday. While the Gaels were unsuccessful in their first game against the Mustangs, Holmberg is looking for a stronger performance this weekend.
 
“There will be plenty of internal motivation,” he said. 
 

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