Berthiaume Shines for Aigles Bleues

Photo by: Carol Mulholland
Photo by: Carol Mulholland

Fredericton, NB- The Université de Moncton Aigles Bleues stymied the St. Thomas university Tommies 3-1 Saturday night at the Grant Harvey Centre.

The Aigles Bleues capitalized on their chances, as they were outshot 31-21 in the game.

Subway AUS 1st Star Audrey Berthiaume (St-Bruno, QC) sparkled in net for the Aigles Bleues, stopping 30 of the 31 shots she faced.

"We weren't putting enough traffic in front of her tonight," said Tommies head coach Peter Murphy of Berthiaume. "She was seeing too much, and she made glove saves casually."

The game didn't get off to a great start for the Tommies as it was just 28 seconds into the game that had Katherine Duboc (Victoriaville, QC) put in the opening goal to give the Aigles Bleues an early advantage. After the opening goal the Tommies settled in and held the Aigles Bleues without a shot until there was 8 minutes left in the period.

"We had a bad opening shift or two, and then after that we settled in and I thought the first period was our best period, which isn't the way I usually like it," said Murphy.

The second period saw Sarah-Eve Mailhot (Montreal, QC) catch the Tommies on a bad line change and tucked the puck five-hole on goaltender Caroline Pietroski (Etobicoke, ON), who would make 18 saves in the losing effort.

Jacey Dane (Aurora, ON) would trim the lead to 2-1, but Alexia Desforges retook the two-goal lead for good.

The loss drops the Tommies to 9-9-1 on the season (5th in the AUS), 8 points clear of the Aigles Bleues who sit in 6th place with a 5-13-0 record.

St. Thomas will be visited by Dalhousie University on Sunday for a 3:00pm puck drop at the Grant Harvey Centre, while UdeM will be in Halifax on the 17th to face the Saint Mary's Huskies.