Scotiabank beat Adidas 3-0 Saturday afternoon on hockey day in Canada in Owen Sound.
The game was a must-win for Scotiabank, who had lost five of their previous six. Though the scoreline looked like a wide affair, the game was an end-to-end thriller.
American star Amanda Kessel made her return to a PWHPA after missing the showcases in 2022. She didn’t score but looked dangerous all night, using her strength to drive into the Scotiabank end. She and Sarah Nurse both looked dangerous, and with some time to develop chemistry, the two could become a dangerous offensive pair.
The two sides challenged the goalies at either end. Hometown goalie Shea Tiley stood tall in net for Adidas and Canadian Emerance Maschmeyer in net for Scotiabank.
Alex Carpenter opened the scoring when Blayre Turnbull sent her a nifty pass, and Carpenter wristed a shot that deflected and floated over the head of Tiley.
Maschmeyer was a star in the first-period playing, what I thought, was her best hockey of the year.
But when the second period started, backup Kristen Campbell came into the net and Amanda Makela was sitting on the bench. Although Campbell played 40 minutes, the game-winning goal was scored with Maschmeyer in net, making her the goaltender of record.
Campbell was named player of the game for a stellar performance. She stood up to the attacking Adidas players again and again, even on their powerplay chances.
After a scoreless second, Rebecca Johnston, who leads the team in scoring, was the next to break the deadlock. She scored a powerplay goal with 12 minutes remaining in the period. She sent a bomb of a slapshot from the top of the circle over the glove of Tiley.
Johnston was a catalyst for offence again two minutes later when she carried the puck up the right side and fed it into the slot. Her pass in was swung at by Kelly Pannek fighting who was fighting off a defending Kaitlyn Willoughby. The puck bounced off their bodies and fooled Tiley into the net. The officials waved off the goal, but upon review, they reversed the call giving Scotiabank a 3-0 lead.
Adidas pulled their goalie with a few minutes to go, and a late Scotiabank penalty gave them a 6-on-4 advantage. Adidas threw everything they had at the Scotiabank net, but Campbell was a brick wall.
Scotiabank missed every look they had at the empty net in a hilarious few minutes of play. A 150-foot attempt from Brigette Lacquette missed the net by an inch before the team would miss a couple more long-range shots.
Victoria Bach shot at the empty net in the dying seconds and hit the post! The bouncing puck fell into the crease where Bach swung at it again. It flipped end over end towards the net before hitting Bach’s own foot and bouncing away. You wouldn’t believe it if you didn’t see it in slow motion.
The game has no impact on the standings, but it brings Scotiabank slightly closer to Adidas. Both teams will play tomorrow in Collingwood, Ont.