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Red hot Sabres win again

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 12/13/2018 12:07 PM

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The SRSS Sabres, pictured here celebrating Monday in Winnipeg following their historic first-ever win, 2-0 over Kildonan East, did it again Wednesday in Steinbach, defeating those same Reivers, 2-1 in a marathon shootout.

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The SRSS Sabres, pictured here celebrating Monday in Winnipeg following their historic first-ever win, 2-0 over Kildonan East, did it again Wednesday in Steinbach, defeating those same Reivers, 2-1 in a marathon shootout.

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We are running out of superlatives describing just what kind of week it has been for the SRSS Sabres in this their first year competing in the Winnipeg Women's High School Hockey League.

Monday in Winnipeg, after losing their first 10 games of the season (they were shutout in their first seven and didn't score a goal until game eight), the Sabres scored their momentous first ever victory as they blanked the Kildonan East Reivers 2-0 behind the shutout goaltending of Jaylynn Miller, with both goals coming from Sydney Ouellet.

These same two teams hooked up in a re-match Wednesday in Steinbach. With Kildonan East the first team to ever lose to the SRSS, they were determined not to let that happen again.

Well it did. Unbelievably, the Sabres beat the Reivers 2-1 in a shootout. And it was a shootout of epic proportions as it went to an incredible 17 rounds before Nina Fenton finally scored the winner, setting off yet another epic celebration, this time on home ice.

Scoreless through the first two periods, Kildonan East finally broke through for the game's first goal, and it came shorthanded just two minutes into the final period. But the Sabres quickly tied it three minutes later on a huge goal by Kaitlynn Kantimer, living up to her promise she had uttered at the bench just prior to going out on her shift that she was going to tie the game.

She lived up to that promise, as bold as it was, considering the team had only scored four goals in total in 11 previous games, all of them coming from Sydney Ouellet. Layne Theriault and Jordan Graveline drew assists on Kantimer's tying goal.

The Sabres again rode the oustanding goaltending of Jaylynn Miller to victory as she made more than 60 saves, including 17 in the shootout.

SRSS will put their two-game win streak on the line Monday at home when they host the CPET Canadiennes at 3:30 p.m. at the T.G. Smith Centre. They will close out their pre-Christmas schedule, again at home on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 3:30 p.m., vs. the first place Springfield Sabres.


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