RDC Queens forward Kaely McMurtry had an assist on the game-winning goal against SAIT on Saturday. (File photo)

Queens win wild game 3, take series over NAIT

The RDC Queens never stopped believing they could win against the NAIT Ooks.

Tied in the series 1-1, on the road in game 3 of their Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Women’s Hockey playoff series, RDC rallied for a comeback.

The Queens pulled off a 4-3 win to clinch the series victory, even after trailing 3-0 midway through the second period Sunday.

“Our motto has been never stop battling. You’re never out of the battle and I think that was true tonight. They knew that they weren’t finished until the final buzzer. They dug in and played for each other and showed a lot of heart,” Queens head coach Kelly Coulter said.

The Ooks opened up a three goal advantage in the first 25 minutes of the game before the Queens woke up.

Neisha Germann got the offense ignited with a goal midway through the second before the Queens rattled off three straight to win it.

“What we saw from the bench is everybody was working hard. Neisha just worked hard and shot a puck on net and was rewarded,” Coutler said.

“The message sunk in to the girls that if we put pucks on net, we’ll be rewarded. Our rookies really saw the leadership from the veterans and really wanted to win for them. It’s nice when your team is playing for each other and want to win for each other.”

Catherin Longchamps notched a tally at 7:39, before Queens leading goal scorer Jade Petrie tied the game at three with 8:49 left in the game.

Queens fifth-year captain Julia Murrell was the hero for RDC, scoring the game-winning goal with just over three minutes to play.

“Obviously we were ecstatic on the bench but there was still lots of time left on the clock,” Coulter said.

”A lot of sacrifices (after that) took a lot of hits on the wall to hold the puck. (NAIT) is a very skilled team. Great win for the girls.”

Tracie Kikuchi picked up the win in net for the Queens with 26 saves.

Fifth-year Defenceman Cassidy Anderson was player of the game for RDC.

The Queens will play the Grant McEwan University Griffins for ACAC gold.

Email sports tips to Byron Hackett

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

WATCH: Trekking through the foam in Red Deer

The fourth 5K Foam Fest was held at Heritage Ranch in Red Deer Saturday

WATCH: Red Deer residents protest for more equal family court treatment

Despite unfavourable weather, Matias Battauz was “stoked” to have three other people… Continue reading

First-come first-serve for Red Deer’s 35 cannabis retail licences

Starting July 11, interested businesses can get their application started

Central Alberta school divisions to support rural students through agreement

Wolf Creek to bring Enhanced Learning Model courses to Clearview schools

WATCH: Red Deer Catholic students re-envision a local wetland for school project

Father Henri Voisin Grade 3 teacher introduces ‘real-life’-based education

WATCH: Celebrating Highland culture in Red Deer

The 71st Highland Games was held at Westerner Park Saturday

Red Deer man and woman charged for shoplifting

Two people from Red Deer were arrested after allegedly shoplifting from an… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Red Deer, Central Alberta kids get their chance to compete in Woody’s Triathlon

The kids of steel Woody’s Triathlon saw kids between the ages of… Continue reading

US moves 100 coffins to inter-Korean border for war remains

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — The U.S. military said it moved 100… Continue reading

First lady’s ‘don’t care’ jacket is a gift to memers online

NEW YORK — I really don’t care, do u? Perhaps one day… Continue reading

From boat makers to farmers, US-led tariff war inflicts pain

WASHINGTON — A Florida boat builder absorbs $4 million in lost business… Continue reading

Vatican convicts ex-diplomat of child porn distribution

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican tribunal on Saturday convicted a former Holy… Continue reading

Charges dropped against Alberta property owner in rural shooting

OKOTOKS, Alta. — All charges have been dropped against a man accused… Continue reading

China blocks John Oliver on social media after scathing show

BEIJING — A popular Chinese social media site is censoring discussion of… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month