Swier leads Queens to OT victory against Griffins infirst game of playoffs

A year ago RDC Queens star forward Emily Swier

Queens 3 Griffins 2 (OT)

EDMONTON — A year ago RDC Queens star forward Emily Swier was named the playoff MVP as she led the Queens to the Alberta Colleges Women’s Hockey League title.

She started this year’s playoffs off in similar style as she scored twice and added an assist on the game-winning goal by Kaely McMurtry as the Queens downed the MacEwan University Griffins 3-2 in overtime.

The win gave the Queens a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three semifinal series. The second game goes today at 1 p.m. in Edmonton with the third game, if necessary, Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Centrium.

Jordyn Reimer gave the Griffins a 1-0 first-period lead before Swier scored at 34 second and 7:56 of the third period. Sydney Thomlison tied the game, sending it to overtime, at 13:24.

McMurtry potted the winner at 2:47 of overtime.

Tracie Kikuchki finished with 38 saves for the Queens, who had 42 shots on Sandy Heim.

The winner of the series faces the winner of the NAIT-SAIT series, which is tied 1-1.

Kings 3 Thunder 2

EDMONTON — The RDC Kings broke a 2-2 tie late in the third period to take a 3-2 victory over the Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder in Alberta Colleges Men’s Hockey League action Friday.

The two teams meet again tonight at 7 p.m. in Penhold.

Further details were unavailable.

Danny Rode is a retired Advocate reporter who can be reached at drode@bprda.wpengine.com. His work can also be seen at Danny’s blog at rdcathletics.ca.

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