After a tough weekend on the road, the Nipissing Lakers women’s hockey team was looking to bounce back as they took on the Guelph Gryphons Friday night.
With a pair home games on the schedule this weekend, the Lakers kicked things off by earning a 3-2 victory in a shootout over the Gryphons.
In the opening frame, the teams traded chances early on, but the score remained 0-0.
Nipissing opened up the scoring with 3:07 left in the first as Katelyn Heppner found the back of the net for her second of the season.
Both teams had 10 shots after 20 minutes.
In the middle frame, the Gryphons tied the game early in the period as a shot from the slot found the back of the net.
The Guelph goal was the lone one of the period, as the teams finished two periods of play even, 1-1.
Shots favoured Nipissing 19-16 after 40 minutes.
In the third, with the game tied, the Lakers took the lead thanks to a point shot through traffic from Allison Hayhurst.
The Gryphons once again tied things up, scoring late in the third to send the game to overtime.
An exciting overtime period didn’t solve anything and the teams headed to a shootout to decide the contest.
Maria Dominico scored the lone goal in the shootout for Nipissing, as they came away with the victory.
Danika Ranger finished with 30 saves, plus three more in the shootout, while the Lakers fired 35 shots during the game and another three in the shootout, at the Guelph net.
The Lakers are back in action Saturday night in their regular season finale as they host the Brock Badgers.
Game time is set for 4:30pm at Memorial Gardens.