ACAC FINALS - The Red Deer College Queens were unable to solve the defence of the MacEwan University Griffins. Todd Colin Vaughan/Red Deer Express

Queens lose in ACAC Championships

MacEwan Griffins take 5-game series 3-1

The Red Deer College Queens were coming into Game 4 of their five-game series against MacEwan University Griffins looking to stay alive after falling down in the series 3-1.

Unfortunately for RDC, Game 4 would be all Griffins — who would grab the ACAC Women’s Hockey Title with the 3-1 win.

The first period would be a back-and-forth affair, with both teams finding chances.

It would be MacEwan who eventually broke the ice late in the period when forward Amanda Murray would snap a shot past RDC netminder Tracie Kikuchi with 3:34 remaining in the period.

The Queens would have their opportunity to answer back after Griffin Jillian MacWilliam was sent to the box for four minutes for head contact.

The Queens would head into the intermission down one with 2:24 remaining in the penalty.

It would be Queens defence Landry Derdall who would open the scoring for Red Deer when she found a way to tie the game during the extended man advantage.

MacEwan would have the answer, however, when forward Chantal Ricker put her team back up one. The Griffins would follow that up with a goal by Nikki Reimer, leaving some work to do for the Queens, down 3-1 heading into the final frame.

The Queens would once again start the third period off with a shortened man advantage. Unfortunately they would not be able to capitalize, nor would they find a way to beat the Griffin’s defence, leading to the final score of 3-1.

“They are a good team,” RDC Coach Kelly Coulter said. “They shut us down defensively and their special teams were a little better again tonight.”

The Griffins clinched the ACAC Championship in four games, taking the series 3-1.

“Hats off to them. They are defending champs for a reason and they made it hard on us,” Coulter said. “I’m very proud of our season and what our girls gave us all year long.”

The Queens are a young team and will be returning many of their players next year. An ACAC Silver Medal adds plenty of experience to that returning squad.

“It really sets the bar for what we expect from those girls coming back next year,” Coulter said. “Our expectations were high right from the start and they met every expectation we had.”

Like us on facebook at follow us on twitter at

Just Posted

Parker Thompson makes a big splash to start the 2019 Road to Indy race season

Double victories in St. Petersburg indicate 2019 could be Thompson’s best season yet

NDP Leader Rachel Notley stops in Red Deer on campaign trail

Notley promises hospital expansion, cath lab, pipelines and energy industry expansion

Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer discusses thoughts on federal budget

New federal infrastructure funding likely coming to Red Deer

Alberta Election called for April 16th

Upcoming election will be about who is fit to be Premier, says Notley

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

Carbon tax, oil and gas investment dominate Day 2 of Alberta campaign

NDP pledges more oil and gas processing, UCP slams provincial and federal governments on carbon tax

Another gun seized by police in Wetaskiwin

Maskwacis RCMP arrest two youths, seize firearm in Wetaskiwin

Sundre RCMP looking for 4 missing bison

A Sundre bison rancher is missing four bison from January and RCMP ask for help from the public

Politicians hitting the road for votes in Alberta election campaign

NDP Leader Rachel Notley and United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney have officially launched campaigns

Calgary woman convicted in son’s strep death seeking full parole

The trial heard that Ryan was dead well before his mother called 911 to say he had stopped breathing

Starbucks to test recyclable cups, redesign stores in B.C., U.S. cities

The company also said it plans to redesign its stores as it adapts to increasing mobile pick-up and delivery orders

In pre-election budget, Liberals boost infrastructure cash to cities, broadband

The budget document says the Liberals have approved more than 33,000 projects, worth about $19.9 billion in federal financing

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Most Read