“It was important to get game situations — practices have gone well but nothing beats the real thing,” said head coach Melody Davidson after the women’s hockey team earned a 1-1 tie against the Toronto Jr. Aeros in an exhibition game yesterday afternoon.
The Aeros are a top junior team in Canada and have been a stepping stone for two members of the Red squad: sophomore goalie Flo Vineberg and rookie forward Caroline Scott.
The Red score came on a deflected shot off the stick of senior Ali Simpson and put in the net by classmate Sarah Carter. Also assisting on the play was senior Anita Khar, who was the Red’s second leading returning scorer from last season. Vineberg had a solid game in net for the Red and made a spectacular save on a 2-on-1 in overtime to preserve the tie.
The Red’s special teams showed positive and negative signs. On the down side, the power play unit went 0-for-5 on the contest, yet the penalty kill unit did not allow a goal in three power play opportunities for the Aeros.
Yet Davidson did not make much of either stat, noting, “We haven’t spent much time on specialty times