The RDC Queens celebrate a late third-period goal with Avery Lajeunnesse as they picked up a 1-0 victory over the SAIT Trojans at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in ACAC Women’s hockey play. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

RDC Queens score late, edge SAIT Trojans 1-0

Queens goalie Karlee Fetch stops 27 shots for the shutout

Queens 1 Trojans 0

The RDC Queens needed every save Karlee Fetch could muster Friday night.

As it turns out, the Queens fifth-year netminder was perfect in a 1-0 shutout over the SAIT Trojans in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference play at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

The 27-save shutout was the first of the season for Fetch and earned her player of the game honours.

“Karlee was outstanding for us. I’d probably say she won the game for us,” noted Queens head coach Kelly Coulter.

Down the stretch, Fetch made a number of big saves but it was Red Deer product Avery Lajeunnesse who finally broke the goose egg for the Queens in the final minute.

With RDC shorthanded, Mary Hirsch pushed the puck loose and her rookie teammate broke free in the neutral zone.

From the hashmarks on the breakaway, Lajeunnesse went blocker side on Trojans goalie Kaylin Schellenberg, who had made 19 saves up to that point in the game. Lajeunnesse buried her team-leading seventh goal of the year for the game-winner.

“She’s one of our quicker players and she’s got some finish. I believe that’s her seventh goal. We know that if she gets an opportunity she can put it in the net. She’s a smart kid,” Coulter said.

“Pretty elated on the bench, I think more so at the end of the game, people very happy for Karlee for how hard she worked.”

With the win, RDC still sits second in the ACAC with a 13-4-2 record and wins in the last three games.

The Queens travel to Calgary to take on the Trojans Saturday night and have five games remaining in the ACAC season.

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